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K-12 Open Source Content: Myth or Reality?

There are many myths regarding the benefits and disadvantages of open educational resources. The major content providers bemoan the quality of open source projects while members of the OER community zealously praise the potential OER has to revolutionize teaching. A healthy dose of skepticism is important to prevent a runaway train, but there are measures that can be taken that will create a fundamental shift in the current educational paradigm. By empowering educators and students with the tools and resources to customize their content, making it iterative, and giving them a range of modalities to present that content, we can pave the way for a new style of instruction that does not all but guarantee that students who do not learn best by lecture or reading in a textbook are left to struggle and fail. With a community model to ensure quality and materials from text to videos, interactive simulations, and more, the learning experience can be enhanced to meet all students' needs.

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Learning Objectives

  1. What processes can open educational resource providers use to ensure the quality of content meets the needs of students and teachers and how can we be so sure those work as intended?
  2. Why is the current style of instruction an injustice to students who may not learn best by listening to a lecture or reading a textbook?
  3. What are the benefits of OER over the top-down process of closed content production?



Joshua Khani, Partner Relations Associate, CK-12 Foundation

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