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Wednesday, June 19, 2019
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Knowledge to Work regularly shows how it can serve a variety of users, including independent learners, college students, job seekers, employers, and service organizations, but did you know KnowledgeToWork.com also serves educators? From locating open educational resources (OER) and other learning resources to creating a free account where you can organize the educational resources you find most helpful, Knowledge to Work offers many tools for educators. Read on below to learn about all the ways Knowledge to Work can help save you time, save your students money, and help you be the amazing educator you are.

Knowledge to Work for Educators

Many educators and some entire colleges and universities are transitioning away from traditional textbooks to open educational resources (OER) or other free learning resources. These types of educational resources can have a variety of benefits for both instructors and students. Finding these types of learning materials, however, can be a challenge (particularly when educators are already stretched for time). Thankfully, Knowledge to Work offers several tools that can help you quickly and easily find quality OER for your classroom.

How to Find OER for Your Courses

Knowledge to Work provides a couple of different ways to find learning resources for your classes. The first way to locate open resources is to visit our Career Pathways Explorer. This tool allows learners visiting our site to explore various career pathways that might be right for them, however, it is also an excellent tool for finding educational resources for students. You can use the Career Pathways Explorer to navigate to whichever topic you teach and view the list of competency statements provided for that career pathway. Competencies are the knowledge, skills, or abilities a student must have to be successful in that career. These are the skills they will be learning throughout an educational program. Each of these competencies has learning resources aligned to it that help teach that competency. Clicking on a competency statement will take you to a list of learning resources that you can use in your courses. If you’re interested only in OER, simply use the filter options on the left side of the screen after clicking on a competency statement in order to narrow the results by only those that are openly licensed learning resources.

Another method of locating learning resources for your courses is to use our learning resources search engine. This can be particularly helpful if you teach a subject area that isn’t featured on in our Career Pathways Explorer. While those career pathways are Knowledge to Work’s focus, you can locate learning materials on any topic using our search engine. To find OER or any other educational materials using the search engine, simply type in a keyword or phrase related to the topic you teach as you would any other search engine. You can then use the filter options on the left to narrow the results of your search. These filter options can allow you to focus on OER textbooks, find videos, lab manuals, learning activities, assessments, and any number of other types of learning resources. Remember the copyright license filter is what you’ll use if you want to locate OER only. You can also use the filter options to narrow by educational level, as our search engine can help you find open educational resources for higher education and for K-12.

To give you an idea of the types of learning resources you might find using our search engine, here are a few examples of OER that relate to teaching administrative assistant courses.

Open educational resources examples:

Tools for Educators

In addition to helping you find educational resources, Knowledge to Work also offers a number of other tools for educators with your free account. These features include:

  • Save learning resources to your account so you can find them when you need them.
  • Organize your saved learning resources into self-created folders.
  • Save educational goals to your account (the educational goals that are browsable using our Career Pathways Explorer as discussed above). This can help you quickly navigate back to those competencies you teach to find relevant learning resources.
  • Add notes to learning resources (these are private and only viewable to you) to keep track of ideas of how to use the learning resource, the most helpful parts of it, etc.
  • Contribute learning resources you’ve found helpful (if you know of any great educational resources we don’t already have listed, please share these with us so other educators and learners can find them too!).
  • Save helpful searches. One benefit of using KnowledgeToWork.com is that we’re continually adding new learning resources so the content you can find using our search engine stays current and is ever-expanding. This means that you may want to re-run searches over time without having to re-apply the various filters you need to find what you’re looking for. If you want to find openly licensed videos on anatomy, for example, you can search “anatomy” in our learning resources search engine, apply the relevant filters, then save that search to re-run at any point in the future with a single click (and view even more learning resources as we add more).

These are only some of the free tools for educators we offer and again, all of this is entirely free! If you don’t already have an account on Knowledge to work, get started.

Free Accounts for Educators

While all of the above features are available to you by signing up for a free account, this type of account and the features available serve educators, learners, and job seekers. If you have an interest in Knowledge to Work offering an account type that specifically serves educators, let us know below (these accounts will still be free!).

Would you like a KnowledgeToWork.com account that is just for educators?

Are there any features or tools not mentioned above that would be helpful to you?

 

You may also be interested in this blog post: Using KnowledgeToWork.com for Classroom Instruction that Works

Learn how Knowledge to Work can help you find open educational resources (OER) and other educational resources and discover the tools for educators available with a free KnowledgeToWork.com account.


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