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      Freedom Learning Group and Instructure Partner on Course Catalog and OER Developed by Military Spouses

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      Freedom Learning Group has partnered with Instructure to launch “Mission: OER”, an innovative program that deploys U.S. military spouses to scale development of high quality digital OER courseware, based on industry best practices, published under an open license, and available for educators to use, repurpose, and share directly from Instructure’s Canvas Learning Management Platform.

      In 2020, FLG will launch OER development efforts in high demand and job growth disciplines in STEM, Computer Science, Business, Accounting, and Finance through several instructional design internship cohorts. While in the internships, military spouse professionals - often unemployed due to constant duty station changes - will reapply their industry experience and turn to educational content development. Through the program nurses, scientists, engineers, attorneys, cybersecurity analysts, and data science experts will author comprehensive OER courses that include instructional content, assignments, discussions, rubrics, question banks, and other instructional resources.

      “Open Education supports student success by supplying content that is free, equitable and accessible,” said Tara Gunther, VP of Partnerships at Instructure. “Our partnership with Freedom Learning Group will give Canvas users access to high quality content in a variety of subjects that is readily available and customizable for educators.”

      As a veteran-owned and military-spouse-operated organization, FLG is dedicated to providing high-quality instructional design services to its clients while contributing to global open educational resource (OER) initiatives.

      “This program is a high-impact combo-punch furthering two FLG goals: increasing military spouse employment opportunities and growing the pool of high-quality open educational resources,” said FLG Cofounder and CEO Nathan Ecelbarger. “These incredible military spouses will work directly with our staff over 16 weeks, and learn the art and science of writing quality educational content, developing OER for the global benefit of students and faculty. It’s highly scalable, and we’re thrilled to be partnering with Instructure on this incredible program”.