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Recommendation - 4.3

All learners will have engaging and empowering learning experiences both in and outside of school that prepare them to be active, creative, knowledgeable, and ethical participants in our globally networked society.

To meet this goal, we recommend the following action:

4.3 Recommendation: Leverage open educational resources to promote innovative and creative opportunities for all learners and accelerate the development and adoption of new open technology-based learning tools and courses.

The value of open educational resources is now recognized around the world, leading to the availability of a vast array of learning, teaching, and research resources that our education system can tap into at all levels and in all content areas, especially STEM. States should reframe and revise policies concerning the evaluation and selection of instructional materials so that digital resources are considered. States should help keep open educational resource content up to date, appropriate, and tagged according to identified content interoperability standards. States should pool resources for identifying, evaluating, designing, and further developing open educational resources. When the Department of Education funds technology-based learning tools and resources, they should give priority to bids that will produce open resources, and the Department should identify and promote new business models that provide for sustaining and maintaining these resources.

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