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Making Open Educational Resources with and for PreK12: A Collaboration Toolkit for Higher Education

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Anita R Walz, Virginia Tech

Julee P Farley, Virginia Tech

Copyright Year: 2023

Publisher: Virginia Tech Libraries

Language: English

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Table of Contents

About the Authors
How to Use This Toolkit

Part I: Mastering the Context
1. Challenges in Collaboration Between Higher Ed and PreK-12
2. Working With Minors
3. Open Educational Resources and the Case for Prioritizing, Using, Finding, and Sharing OER Content 4. Copyright Part I: Five Principles of Copyright When Planning to Share
5. Copyright Part II: Using Others' Original Works Legally (Creative Commons, Fair Use, and Permission)
6. Find and Use Openly-Licensed Images: A Step-by-Step Guide
7. Make Resources Accessible for Students With Disabilities
8. Renegotiating the Traditional Reference/Instruction Librarian and Patron Relationship
9. Successful Collaborative Partnerships and Empowering Teachers to Share Their Expertise

Part II: Explore and Build a Collaboration—Resources to Share
10. Before Approaching School Administrators, Teachers, or School Librarians
11. Initiating a Conversation With a School District: Who to Contact and How
12. Improve a Proposed Collaboration

Part III: Develop and Evaluate Learning Resources
13. Adapting Creative Commons-Licensed Resources
14. Quality Control: Checklists to Self-Assess Resources Created
15. Quality Control: Review by Teacher/School Librarian/Administrator

Part IV: Share With a Broader Audience
16. Share Resources Publicly

Part V: Evaluate Your Learning
17. Overall Self-Evaluation

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About the Book

Higher education and PreK12 are vastly different domains. As such, well-intended, collaborative efforts between higher education and PreK12 do not always result in creation of useful and reusable learning materials for PreK12 classrooms or effective, productive partnerships. Making Open Educational Resources with and for PreK12: A Collaboration Toolkit for Higher Education is a toolkit of instructional resources designed to support higher education personnel who wish to improve or build strong and generative collaborations between higher education and PreK12 educators. The toolkit aims to expand use and re-usability of PreK12-centric learning resources through informed practices regarding copyright, open-licensing, and accessibility and includes a variety of resources: videos, presentations, transcripts, activities, guides, assignments, and assessment tools.

About the Contributors


Anita R Walz is the Assistant Director of Open Education and Scholarly Communication Librarian at Virginia Tech where she founded and oversees the Open Education Initiative and OER grant program. She actively supports instructor adaptation, creation, and public sharing of open educational resources of various formats, including open textbooks, primary source collections, and emerging formats for learning resources such as interactive calculators and virtual reality animals. She holds a masters in Library and Information Science from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. She has worked in government, international, school, and academic libraries for the past 21 years.

Julee P Farley, Ph.D. is a boundary spanner and evaluator whose work focuses on increased access and equity for under-resourced populations. She works with PreK-16 educators and researchers to create mutually beneficial research-practice partnerships, research impactful interventions, and design inspirational outreach and engagement experiences. Julee began this project while working at the Center for Educational Networks and Impacts at Virginia Tech; go to for more recent updates about her work.

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