Inside the Office of Learning Resources: More than Meets the Eyes

The Digital and Multimedia Learning Department comprises four offices and teams, one of which, is the Office of Learning Resources, which is headed up by veteran educator Brian Smith.

Textbooks on Shelves CloseupYears ago, “learning resources” would have been synonymous with textbooks alone.  As the Cobb County School District moves into utilizing a broader variety of resources to support student learning, the Office of Learning Resources now orchestrates much more than textbook adoptions.

The core focus of the Office of Learning Resources is that it provides schools with quality resource materials that meet the needs of all learners for all content areas. Teachers and students have access to resource materials that are more personalized, making them more effective and engaging.  This offers teachers the flexibility and opportunity to customize learning paths for students to fit their individual learning needs. The Department of Learning Resources works to provide a customized collection of learning resources to support the Cobb County Teaching and Learning Standards and College and Career Readiness.  This customized collection consists of resources that are created within the CCSD, Open Educational Resources (OER) and publisher/vendor produced materials.  Some of the resources offered are included below.

Material Types:

Cobb Created

  • Streaming videos (professional learning, flipped classroom)
  • Project based activities
  • Unit & Lesson Plans
  • Teacher created materials
  • District created materials
  • Assessments

Open Educational Resources (OER)

  • Full courses
  • Course materials
  • Textbooks (flexbooks)
  • Streaming videos
  • Assessments
  • Audio lecture
  • Games
  • Simulations
  • High-definition graphics
  • Tutorials

Publisher/Vendor Produced

  • Full courses
  • Course Materials
  • Textbooks (digital)
  • Streaming videos
  • Assessments
  • Audio lecture
  • Games
  • Simulations
  • High-definition graphics
  • Tutorials

The next time you think of what resources exist to support teaching and learning within the Cobb County School District, think of the Office of Learning Resources which goes beyond textbooks to meet students’ diverse learning needs.

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