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Monday, October 05, 2015

ED hires its first Open Educational Resources (OER) Adviser

The U.S. Department of Education hired Andrew Marcinek to serve in the Office of Educational Technology (OET) as the Department's first open educational resources (OER) adviser.

Richard Culatta, Director of OET, stated that, "Creating a dedicated open education adviser position at the Department will greatly enhance our ability to support states and districts as they move to using openly licensed learning resources." He went on to say that, "The use of openly-licensed resources not only allows states and districts to adapt and modify materials to meet student needs, but also frees up funding to support the transition to digital learning."

As adviser, Mr. Marcinek's focus will be on both K-12 and higher education as he works with tool providers and developers, district and state leaders, and educators.