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-logoOpen educational resources (OER) are freely accessible, openly licensed materials used for teaching, learning, and assessment purposes.  Open resources can be used without cost and can be modified and redistributed without violating copyright laws.  There are a variety of ways to search for OER, including the Department of ED’s site powered by the Learning Registry.


Open Educational Data

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.

Education Datapalooza – one of OET’s flagship events is an opportunity for developers, researchers, and entrepreneurs to come together to create new educational tools based on open data.  Learn more and watch videos from the most recent Education Datapalooza

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

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. Learn more about the MyData Initiative.

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.  Learn more about the Learning Registry