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Open source curriculum

An open-source curriculum (OSC) is an online instructional resource that can be freely used, distributed and modified. OSC is based on the open-source practice of creating products or software that opens up access to source materials or codes. Applied to education, this process invites feedback and participation from developers, educators, government officials, students and parents and empowers them to exchange ideas, improve best practices and create world-class curricula. These “development” communities can form ad-hoc, within the same subject area or around a common student need, and allow for a variety of editing and workflow structures.

Examples

The Open Content Curriculum Project was initiated with MediaWiki software in 2005, and offers a standards-based K-12 curriculum that is collaboratively edited, contains teacher- and student-created resources, assessment rubrics, lesson plans, and instructional resources. All 10,500 pages of content, and 4,240 file uploads are Creative Commons licensed, and the system is used daily by the Bering Strait School District, an Alaska school district. The project welcomes use and active contributions by outside teachers, students and other interested parties. There are currently 2,500 registered users in the database.[4]

The Free Technology Academy is a joint initiative of the Free Knowledge Institute and several European universities to provide master-level education on Free Software, Open Standards and related subjects. All FTA course books are openly published under copyleft licenses. Moreover, the FTA partners together with several other institutions have started a Taskforce for the collaborative design of an International Master Programme in Free Software.[5]

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Resources

  • OpenCurriculum
  • Futureofthebook.org
  • eSchool News Online
  • OpenContent Curriculum Project
  • Open-source software in education
  • Global Text
  • EduCommons
  • Creative Commons
  • Free Technology Academy
  • Peeragogy_Handbook_V1.1 Project
  • Free High School Science Textbook project
  • UK Innovation/Jorum (Open in UK only)
  • EISTI-ESSEC - an EU based open courseware repository project with Vivendi involvement - Jean-Hugues Lauret
  • Project Gutenberg
  • The Internet Archive
  • LAMS Community
  • LAMS
  • Wikiteach
  • Common Curriculum - Allows organizations to create curriculum and connect to the teachers using it.
  • The OpenCourseWare Consortium
  • Open Educational Practices

References

  1. ^ a b Norm Friesen, Janet Hopkins. "Wikiversity; or education meets the free culture movement: An ethnographic investigation". First Monday: Peer reviewed journal on the internet. Retrieved 23 April 2012. 
  2. ^ Paul Stacey. "Foundation Funded OER Vs. Tax Payer Funded OER – A Tale Of Two Mandates". Retrieved 23 April 2012. 
  3. ^ Paul Biba. "Free textbooks from Curriki". TeleRead. Retrieved 23 April 2012. 
  4. ^ Sara Bernard. "Teachers and Students Create Their Own Curriculum in Alaska". Mind Shift. Retrieved 23 April 2012. 
  5. ^ http://ftacademy.org/
  6. ^ http://www.saylor.org/
  7. ^ "241 OER Courses with Assessments in Moodle: How Saylor.org has created one of the large�tives on the web". Moodle News. Retrieved 23 April 2012. 
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