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Integrated Solution Design

Your technology and use case for OER is unique. Knovation’s Content Experts and Technologists invest design time with your team to ensure that OER integrated with your technology meets your use case and delivers the highest possible value.

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Methods of Integration

Knovation offers OER integration service options, leveraging industry standard authentication. Want to leverage Knovation’s proven search service? Consider API Content Services. Want to host Knovation’s OER metadata? Consider Cloud Content Services.

Integration Solution Kits

We understand the importance of speed to implementation. Each Knovation Content Integration Service is well documented and accompanied by sample code and data,  all organized in a turn-key kit.

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Integration Support

We’re here to help. Knovation provides support to your team during integration development and testing and for production services. Phone and email support is provided with access to industry leading OER experts.

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LTI Resource Search Integration Demonstration

Through IMS Global Learning Consortium, Knovation has partner with educational technology leaders like SchoolCity, Inc. and future forward School Districts like Houston Independent School District to advance the reality of seamless integration of learning resources through the LTI Resource Search Initiative.

The great thing about using the (LTI Resource Search) standard is that we can set this up with a very small amount of code.

Pepper Willams
Director of Education and Research, SchoolCity, Inc.

IMS Feb 2018 LTI Resource Search Plugfest: SchoolCity PRA

Knovation OER Metadata Collection

(Read the CELT Review of Knovation's 127-Point Resource Certification Process)
(Review our "What Have We Done for You Lately?" quartely report for recent additions to the Collection)

OER Playlists by Subject

Our OER Metadata Collection represents the curation of tens of thousands of resources for the four core subject areas (Science, Social Studies, English Language Arts, and Mathematics), as well as many other key subject areas (World Languages, English Language Learners, Fine Arts, Health and Physical Education, Philosophy and Religion, Career and Technical Education, Current Events, Technology, and 21st Century Skills).

View the videos below or view our Sampler for Math, Language Arts, Science, Social Studies and Fine Arts.

OER Playlists by Academic Standard

In conversations across a broad spectrum of K-12 Districts and organizations that serve them, Knovation noticed teachers struggling to find quality, aligned resources for instruction. No longer will teachers sort and sift through an oversupply of content, curated or not. They are looking for very small, specifically curated collections of the best resources to address an academic standard. In response, Knovation's seasoned teacher curation specialists targeted the best resources aligned to Common Core State Standards (CCSS) for Math and English Language Arts, and the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS). The result of this work is Knovation’s highly curated “Teacher Recommended” Playlists, tightly correlated for CCSS and NGSS.

What does “Teacher Recommended” resources mean?

Teacher Recommended resources are first evaluated using Knovation’s quality rubric to assure relevance, appropriateness, and value of the resources. Then, Knovation teacher curators review and hand select resources they know work in their classrooms and feel confident would work in other teachers’ classrooms that specifically align to the respective academic standard.

What else did Knovation’s teacher curators consider when recommending resources?

In curating this Collection, Knovation teacher curators considered different learning styles and the reasons why teachers use digital content. These teacher curators have done everything in their power to locate, evaluate, and align reliable content that is freely available and meets expectations of quality.

What can a teacher accessing resources in the Teacher Recommended Collections expect?

Teachers can expect the Teacher Recommended Collection to meet certain scale requirements – 6-10 digital resources per education standard. As well, resources in the Teacher Recommended Collection represent:

  1. A broad range of digital content publishers
  2. Diversity of learning resource types (video, audio, interactive media, etc.)
  3. Resources both for practice and instruction
  4. Resources that appropriately span complexity/readability ranges

Additionally, Knovation uses advanced technology to continuously monitor and maintain Teacher Recommended Collections resources giving teachers comfort that resources are available and appropriate at the point of instruction.

Frequently Asked Questions

About our OER Metadata Collection

How many resources are represented in the Knovation OER Metadata Collection?

Since 1999, we have invested in the cultivation of our OER Metadata Collection – managing the content life cycle, contextualization, appropriateness, cognitive level and instructional quality of each learning resource. Today, there are 360,000+ K-12 learning resources maintained in our Collection.

How many publishers are represented in the OER Metadata Collection?

There are thousands of publishers represented in the Knovation OER Metadata Collection. We actively manage the publishers represented in the Collection focusing on high quality K-12 educational content, resources that align to academic standards, and a variety of learning resource types.

Does the Knovation OER Metadata Collection include learning resources for all subject areas?

Yes, our OER Metadata Collection represents the curation of tens of thousands of resources for the four core subject areas (Science, Social Studies, English Language Arts, and Mathematics), as well as many other key subject areas (World Languages, English Language Learners, Fine Arts, Health and Physical Education, Philosophy and Religion, Career and Technical Education, Current Events, Technology, and 21st Century Skills).

Are the learning resources included in the OER Metadata Collection aligned with academic standards?

One of the primary goals for our OER Metadata Collection is to provide complete coverage of the State and Common Core State Standards and taxonomies across core and related subject areas. We regularly analyze State and Common Core State Standards and our subject area taxonomies to identify any existing gaps; then we take steps to fill those gaps by curating quality OER and free web content.

How frequently is the OER Metadata Collection updated?

We update our OER Metadata Collection on a continuous basis. Thousands of new learning resources are added each quarter after certification by our teacher curators. Additionally, all learning resources in our Collection are reviewed daily for availability and appropriateness.

Are the learning resources in the OER Metadata Collection analyzed and tagged for Lexile measures?

Yes, learning resources in our OER Metadata Collection are analyzed and tagged for Lexile measures. Additionally, we analyze and tag each learning resource with our proprietary “readability score”, an average of the scores generated by four long-standing readability formulas and the Lexile® Framework for Reading.

Which learning resource types are included in the OER Metadata Collection?

Our teacher curators focus on providing a wide variety of learning resource types in the OER Metadata Collection. Resource types include: activities, articles, assessments, audio, eBooks, interactive media, learning games, learning modules, lesson plans, primary source documents, reference materials, student centered materials, test preparation materials, videos, visual materials, websites, whiteboard resources, apps, professional learning resources, and 3-D printing plans. To highlight new additions, we publish a quarterly report, “What Have We Done for You Lately?” that showcases the characteristics of newly curated learning resources.

Does the Knovation OER Metadata Collection include lesson plans and full courses?

Our OER Metadata Collection may include learning modules or lesson plans but is primarily a collection of individual learning resources that enable curriculum specialists and teachers to create courses aligned to District curriculum, or to develop custom lessons for the classroom or for an individual student.

Does Knovation have the rights to the learning resources represented in the OER Metadata Collection?

We do not have ownership rights to the learning resources in the OER Metadata Collection. We curate and contextualize content that is freely available on the web – all rights to the content itself remain with its publisher and/or author. We do own and have rights to the metadata generated by our teacher curators to contextualize learning resources for use in K-12 educational settings.

Integration with our OER Metadata Collection

What are the benefits of Knovation's OER Content Integration Services?

K-12 application and platform providers integrate with our OER Metadata Collection for quick and reliable access to comprehensive, aligned, well described, and managed K-12 OER and web content. Some of the benefits realized by our Content Integration Services’ Subscribers include:

  • Ease of implementation using industry standard technologies
  • Immediate access to a turnkey library of K-12 learning resources
  • Assurance that we are actively servicing the OER Metadata Collection by:
    • Harvesting new learning resources
    • Analyzing learning resources for pornography and appropriateness for educational settings
    • Ensuring high availability of learning resources by scanning for and updating URL’s

Why would I integrate using one of Knovation's API Content Services?

API Content Services Subscribers benefit from K-12 digital content in their platform or application and value the peace of mind provided by our content integration services. As a subscriber, you would select this method of content integration if you want to manage the presentation layer for your platform or application and you want content search but don’t want to develop or maintain search functionality, or you want improved content search functionality.

Why would I integrate using Knovation's Cloud Content Services?

Cloud Content Services Subscribers benefit from digital content in their platform or application and value the peace of mind provided by our managed services. You would select this method of integration if you have your own learning object repository (LOR) and search function, may use content from multiple publishers, want the flexibility of implementation, and are investing to develop your own features, function, and presentation layer.

What technical skills are needed to integrate with the Knovation OER Metadata Collection?

Integration with our OER Metadata Collection is achieved through either our API Content Services or Cloud Content Services and requires working knowledge of JSON, XML and REST.

Why do the Knovation Integration Services use managed links and not native URL's to access learning resources?

Knovation provides an ongoing managed service for our OER Metadata Collection. The use of our Managed Links provides our subscribers and their users a static URL for a seamless, predictable experience while we manage the availability and appropriateness of a learning resource behind the scenes.

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