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Kurshan – Open source to bridge the education divide

March 7, 2010 Leave a comment

How Open-Source Curricula Could Bridge the Education Divide

Kurshan, B.,  2007, ‘How Open-Source Curricula Could Bridge the Education Divide’, Connection: The Journal of the New England Board of Higher Education, Winter ed.

In this article Kurshan addresses the issue of the education divide, the difference in the financial power of communities to provide their children with quality education.

She claims that  the concept of open source as applied to education will ’empower educational professionals to become an active community in the creation of world-class curricula’

Challenges

  • Licencing & ownership
  • Critical mass of content
  • How to evaluate curricula
  • How to grow the community

Questions to be answered

  • Who ‘owns’ a particular course?
  • Can you trust the community to build collaborative curricula?
  • Will instructors embrace this new community approach to building curricula?
  • Can open source curricula be vetted  so it addresses education standards and quality of content?

Community to become both the user and evaluator.   see http://www.eschoolnews.com and http://www.futureofthebook.org


‘It provides a serious solution for breaking down the Education Divide because when open-source is applied to the creation of textbooks and curricula, it cuts costs and ultimately makes educational materials of the highest quality available to those who want to teach and those who want to learn’
p.30

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