About the Project
Starting in 2006, ISKME created OER Commons, a dynamic digital-content hub that offers a suite of OER implementation supports for providers and educators. The site has over 35,000 registered users, contains 50,000 resources, and averages 50,000 visits a month from 193 countries. In 2012, ISKME released Open Author, an integrated authoring environment, to support the creation and adaptation of multi-media-accessible OER and tools for aligning and evaluating resources. The OER Commons infrastructure serves to meet the demand for custom, standardized evaluation criteria across curriculum at all levels, and supports ISKME’s role in incorporating OER engagement into educator professional learning. Since 2009, ISKME has trained over 5,000 teachers and curriculum specialists in 25 countries. Its training includes aspects that help instructors develop a “commons” mindset, to experience the benefits of open collaborative processes and build a collective knowledge base. Released in 2013, Al-Masdar (http://almasdar.oercommons.org) is a specific new collection in OER Commons, offering a rich source of resources and a community for Arabic language teachers. It is developed collaboratively by ISKME in partnership with The Center for Languages, Arts and Societies of the Silk Road (CLASSRoad), a project of Hadi.