As a way to democratize access to education, ISKME strives to bring about the process of open education practice through increased inclusion, collaboration, and knowledge sharing. The resulting ecosystem of open knowledge networks that ISKME’s work enables is fundamental to great teaching, to equity in education, and access to opportunity for every student and every learner over their lifetime. ISKME is more than just an information and knowledge conduit for educators; it is a point-of-view about how to participate in creating extraordinary citizens and adaptive and resilient contributors to the global economy.
ISKME leads the development of tools and strategies to create and support the field of open educational practice for K-12 and higher education state systems of education. This also includes the creation of ISKME's OER Commons, a digital public library of open educational resources and collaboration platform that facilitates the discovery and improvement of high-quality digital resources that are free, openly licensed, and available for a diverse range of learners. ISKME also produces an international event dedicated to catalyzing education innovation.
Universal School Library: The Universal School Library, a joint project of ISKME and the Internet Archive, will be a library of materials curated by school librarians, and composed of fiction and nonfiction books, informational texts, and media, all deemed to be vital for literacy and learning in K-12 education, and distributed via controlled digital lending. $1,000,000
The Open Metadata Exchange will provide an open source networked infrastructure for states, districts, institutions, and other organizations to share open educational resource metadata with one another, providing vendor-agnostic tools for finding, curating, and sharing instructional materials. $500,000