CrowdED Learning is an initiative of World Education, a division of JSI, whose mission is to advance equity and improve people’s lives around the world through education and economic development. Through applied service-learning, research, and experimental resource development, we are identifying scalable approaches to streamlining equitable access to quality OER. Our work in local, state, national, and international contexts helps build capacity to overcome challenges in the design, organization, and effective use of OER.
CrowdED Learning was founded in 2017 as a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization in Chicago, IL, with a focus on expanding awareness of and access to open education resources for adult education. In 2020, amidst the massive shifts in education brought about by the COVID pandemic, it became part of World Education.
We continually ideate, implement, test, and refine our approaches to four key elements that support replicable, scalable models for OER.
We develop frameworks to define key skills and concepts for which content should be generated.
We provide training to help educators build strategies for integrating & designing reusable OER.
Address OER Gaps
We engage educators in service learning to generate OER that meet localized needs.
Facilitate OER Use
We build tools like SkillBlox to ease the process of finding, remixing, and sharing OER.
Through generous funding from the following organizations, we continue to expand equitable access to quality, open education through service learning, experimentation, research, and product development.
Mariam Assefa Fund
Through World Education Service’s Mariam Assefa Fund, we codified the core processes (the EdTech Maker Space) and tools (SkillBlox) that make up the CrowdED Learning open content ecosystem.
Institute for Education Sciences
Through design-based research, a usability/feasibility study, and a Randomized Control Trial, the Teaching Skills that Matter-SkillBlox Instructional Support Pilot is helping to identify ways SkillBlox can be improved to ease the process of finding, evaluating, and sharing quality, relevant OER.
To help build the capacity of St. Lucian educators in addressing localized resource needs through OER resource development, CrowdED Learning designed a facilitated an EdTech Maker Space design course to be added as part of Sir Arthur Lewis Community College’s eLearning Academy.
Florida Literacy Coalition
2021, 2022, 2023
To support Florida educators and beyond in helping adult learners build critical life skills, FLC has funded two EdTech Maker Space projects that have resulted in expansive libraries of content in Health Literacy and Financial Literacy.
For their annual spring professional development event, Maryland TESOL hosted an EdTech Maker Space to address resource gaps for low-level English learners and teachers’ need for edtech tool training.
Partners at Color Vowel provided EdTech Maker Space participants free training and certification so that they could adapt and reuse digital Color Vowel Chart activities.
As a member of the Creative Commons Global Network, CrowdED Learning was awarded a Communities Activity Fund grant, which was used to fund the initial pilot of the EdTech Maker Space. This resulted in a leveled reading library of over 1,000 digital resources.
Our Content Partners
These content partners have supported CrowdED Learning through endorsing the adaptation of their content as part of previous EdTech Maker Space projects, or conducting alignment of their content to be included within the SkillBlox platform.
Their popular Reading Skills for Today's Adults leveled reading program was the source of the very first EdTech Maker Space. Through this partnership, they applied Creative Commons licensing to RSTA, and participants developed over 1,000 supplemental digital activities to support early level adult readers.
Literacy Minnesota granted permission to apply Creative Commons licensing to their popular ESL Story Bank, which provides language practice for pre-beginning and beginning level English learners. Participants in an EdTech Maker Space then developed Jamboard activities to provide additional interactive language practice opportunities for each story.