Open Education

We believe that educational opportunities should be available to all learners.  Creating an open education ecosystem involves making learning materials, assessments, and data publicly available without charge or restrictive licenses.

Open Educational Resources (OER) are freely accessible, openly licensed materials used for teaching, learning, and assessment purposes. OER can be used without cost and can be modified and redistributed without violating copyright laws.

Open educational data can take many forms, including school performance data, lists of grant recipients, or information about learning resources.  Making educational data available can improve educational outcomes, accelerate innovation, and create jobs in the public and private sector, all while rigorously protecting learner privacy.

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Learning Registry

The Learning Registry is an open database where content creators and educators can share information about digital educational resources. The Learning Registry is based on the Learning Resource Metadata Initiative (LRMI) which provides common language for tagging resources according to quality, keyword, and alignment to curricular standards. The Learning Registry supports educator voices to help define which resources are most relevant or useful.

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FREE.ed.gov

The Department of Education’s Federal Registry for Educational Excellence (FREE) is powered by the Learning Registry. FREE makes it easier to find digital teaching and learning resources created and maintained by the federal government and public and private organizations.

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Featured Initiatives

Education Datapalooza

The Education Datapalooza is an opportunity for developers, researchers, and entrepreneurs to come together to create new educational tools based on open data.

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MyData Initiative

The MyData Initiative seeks for every student (or parent of an underage student) to have access to his or her own academic data, wherever that data is stored, in both machine-readable and human-readable format.

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Other Resources

Open Data Sets – a wide range of open data sets are available on data.gov/education.  Data related to men and boys of color can be found on the My Brother’s Keeper site.