Leadership Series: Mapping the OER Landscape

Leadership Series Webinar
Thursday, October 13
2:00 - 3:00 pm eastern

The OER sector is growing at an exponential rate – and the new generation of developers looks increasingly like the traditional publishers they seek to disrupt. Who are these companies, and what role do they play in the PreK-12 learning resource industry?

Join a conversation on the current OER landscape between Dr. Joseph South, Director of the Office of Educational Technology for the U.S. Department of Education; Dr. Alexis McGloin, Superintendent of the Upper Perkiomen School District (PA), which is a GoOpen Ambassador District; and Randy Wilhelm, a K-12 industry expert in OER and CEO co-founder of Knovation. They discussed:

  • the rise of companies developing comprehensive, openly licensed PreK-12 curriculum;
  • the breadth of funding for content development;
  • why OER has become an important component in education reform;
  • how purchasing decisions are made; and
  • the pros and cons of OER. 


Alexis McGloin, Upper Perkiomen School Distrcit

Dr. Alexis McGloin
Upper Perkiomen School District (PA)

Alexis McGloin has been an educator for the last 23 years, serving as a high school Chemistry teacher, elementary principal, and assistant superintendent. Currently, she is the Superintendent of the Upper Perkiomen School District in Montgomery County, Pennsylvania. Alexis earned her Bachelor of Science and Master of Education degrees at East Stroudsburg University. She received her Doctorate of Education degree from Temple University.    

During her tenure as a central administrator, Alexis was instrumental in establishing one to one programs at the Penn Delco School District and the Upper Perkiomen School District. Named as one of six #GoOpen Districts by the U.S. Department of Education, Upper Perkiomen School District serves as a mentor district to fellow districts in the country with a focus on how to discover and curate open education resources to create curriculum that seamlessly integrates technology in the classroom. Alexis served on a panel of school and state education leaders sharing practices and anecdotes at the White House Open Education Symposium when #GoOpen was launched.

Joseph South, U.S. Department of Education

Joseph South
Director, Office of Educational Technology
U.S. Department of Education

Joseph provides leadership for transforming education through the power of technology and is part of the team that is realizing the President's ConnectED Initiative to bring high speed broadband, interactive devices, professional development for teachers and leaders, and high quality, low cost digital content to our nation's classrooms. In his role at the Department, he is an advisor to the Secretary, developing national educational technology policy, supporting Future Ready educators, helping districts to expand the use of openly licensed educational resources via the #GoOpen movement, and collaborating with other stakeholders to a nurture robust ecosystem of ed tech entrepreneurs and innovators. He has extensive experience establishing and scaling educational technology solutions in startup, corporate, non-profit, and higher education settings.

Previously, Joseph was a strategic consultant and advisor to edtech startups, museums, and institutions of higher education.  He is a co-inventor of a patented dynamic continual improvement educational environment and has led learning programs and/or consulted on projects in China, Korea, Mexico, South America, and the Middle East. He holds a doctorate in Instructional Psychology and Technology from Brigham Young University.

Randy Wilhelm, Knovation

Randy Wilhelm
CEO and Co-founder

“I believe that all children are born with the innate desire to know new things. To learn.”

Randy wasn’t the only person who saw that technology would change how students learn. But he was the one who understood the role free learning content could have in delivering results and serving both teachers and students if it was professionally curated, organized and maintained.

Randy is the K-12 industry expert in curating OER (Open Educational Resources), inspiring others to consider the value a comprehensive collection of free digital content brings to teaching and learning. 

The Knovation Content Collection is sought after by publishers, online content providers, and school districts nationwide. Using a proprietary certification process, Knovation selects and organizes the best educational resources in a collection that can be delivered through LMS’s or through one of Knovation’s award-winning applications, netTrekker or icurio.

Living in Cincinnati, Ohio, with his wife and children, Randy serves on education and youth-related boards and committees. A TEDx speaker, he has received awards and recognition for entrepreneurship, community and industry involvement.