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ISKME
The Institute for the Study of Knowledge Management in Education (ISKME) is an independent, non-profit research institute dedicated to the study, spread, and strategic use of knowledge management in education. ISKME helps schools, colleges, universities, and the organizations that support them expand their capacity to collect and share information, apply it to well-defined problems, and create knowledge-driven environments focused on learning and success. In examining and assisting K-20 formal and informal education, ISKME also helps philanthropic organizations and government agencies examine and improve their own and their grantees’ processes for continuous improvement, evaluation, and learning.

ISKME is the creator of OER Commons, which provides support for and builds a knowledge base around the use and reuse of open educational resources (OER). OER Commons is a teaching and learning network that provides access to over 30,000 resources and offers opportunities to rate materials, align them to standards, review, and tag. ISKME is making available through the Learning Registry information about open educational resources in OER Commons, along with Achieve's OER Evaluation Rubric data about how educators assess the quality of those resources. Achieve rubric data provide information about the extent to which OER are aligned to the Common Core Standards, as well as resource ratings on factors such as assessment quality and quality of technological interactivity. By promoting the use and reuse of open educational resources (OER), ISKME aims to increase opportunities for all teachers and learners to access high-quality K-12 education.