CrowdED Learning: Making the Promise of OER Integration a Reality for Adult Education

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CrowdED Learning is a newly formed 501(c)(3) charitable organization whose aim is to ensure adult education instructors and learners have awareness of and access to the best publisher, free, and open learning resources. Over the past year, they have been working to find high-quality free and open education resources aligned to the core academic, employability, and 21st-Century skills needed for college and career readiness success.

In May of this year, CrowdED Learning launched their Skill Directory - a compilation of free and open education resources in areas such as reading, math, science, digital literacy, employability skills, and more. Over the next few months, they will begin a webinar series that features educators who are integrating resources from the directory with their students, sharing their strategies for how to successfully integrate free and open education resources into instruction.

Starting this fall, CrowdED Learning is excited to start building their first major platform - SkillBlox -  a learning plan generator that will ease the process of finding quality free AND publisher resources that align to the College and Career Readiness Standards for Adult Education. Through partnerships with publishers and assessment companies, SkillBlox is a completely free tool that will allow instructors to identify the publisher resources they are using as well as the free and open education resources they already are or are interested in using. Then, simply by entering student proficiency levels as reported on the new NRS tests, SkillBlox will generate a personalized learning plan for each student based on the skills each student needs to develop using the resources that are available and have aligned content to each skill.

Want to check out CrowdED Learning's Skill Directory? CLICK HERE

Want to learn more about SkillBlox? CLICK HERE