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Post from March 24th, 2015

SETDA Releases New Policy Brief: Ensuring the Quality of Digital Content for Learning

“This policy brief provides important elements of consideration for educational leaders regarding the quality and implementation of digital content.”

Carla Wade, Digital Learning/Educational Technology Specialist, Oregon Department of Education

Open Education Week 2015 Logo - Orange BGDuring Open Education Week, SETDA published a new policy brief, Ensuring the Quality of Digital Content for Learning that examines the policy and practice considerations regarding strategies to ensure digital content quality, including the exploration of the specific quality-control challenges and opportunities associated with open educational resources (OER). The brief describes digital content’s unique characteristics and traditional state/district instructional materials quality-review practices. The brief also provides recommendations for state and district policy to inform/strengthen state strategies for ensuring digital resource quality.

In conjunction with the release of the brief, SETDA hosted a webinar that explained strategies for ensuring the quality of digital content, including exploring the specific quality-control challenges and opportunities associated with open educational resources. Presenters shared examples of state leadership regarding the vetting of digital content and an overview of state OER policies, now available via the State Education Policy Center. The presenters were:

  • Lan Neugent, Interim Executive Director, SETDA
  • Reg Leichty, Founding Partner, Foresight Law + Policy
  • Barbara Soots, Open Educational Resources Program Manager, Washington Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction
The archived webinar and related resources are available.

For access to additional SETDA resources related to Digital Content and OER visit our website.

The brief was prepared in partnership with Foresight Law + Policy, LLC, (http://www.flpadvisors.com) an education consulting firm,  providing legal, policy, and communications services.

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