Actionable Innovations is a professional learning community in which participants explore innovation in education. Every Friday we meet to discuss trends in education and invite inspiring guests to join us and share their work. Parents, educators, students, and other folks interested in improving teaching and learning are always welcome.
On Friday, May 20th, at 1 PM CDT, Rich Dixon will join us for an engaging discussion on Open Educational Resources. How might we, as educators, leverage Open Educational Resources to differentiate learning and promote educational equity? We will review this question as we examine the current OER landscape and explore a framework to help differentiate instruction to promote educational equity. This interview will highlight the role that OER plays in helping to diversify teaching and learning resources in order to meet the needs and context of all learners by creating a responsive learning environment in person, remotely, or in a hybrid setting.
Rich Dixon is the Senior Director of Innovation at Hāpara where he focuses on championing the use of OER to help differentiate learning for all students. He is passionate about applying his 25+ years as a teacher, administrator, staff developer, IT director, and curriculum coordinator to promote differentiated learning that addresses educational equity issues. He is a national speaker who has presented on a range of emerging edtech topics, including OER, digital badges, and technology-enhanced pedagogy. Previously, he served as the Director of Professional Learning Services at Lesson Planet, a legacy OER aggregation provider. Most recently he was the Director of Online Learning at PBLWorks/Buck Institute for Education, where he studied under the National Equity Project to help create professional development that leveraged culturally responsive practices. He has also been a faculty member of the Education Innovation Alliance, and a Lecturer in the Graduate School of Education at UC Santa Barbara