K-12 OER Update: The Open High School

[tweetmeme] This week the Salt Lake Tribute posted a wonderful article titled, “Charter school breaks ground in ‘open education’” where journalist Kristen Stewart discusses how the Open High School of Utah uses free and open curricula to educate its students. Unlike content from traditional copyrighted textbooks, the open education resources used by educators and students at the Open High School of Utah can be widely shared, customized and easily modified to fit each student’s individual needs legally and for free.

The school’s founder is David Wiley, Associate Professor of Instructional Psychology and Technology at Brigham Young University, where he also leads the Access to Knowledge Initiative in the David O. McKay School of Education’s Center for the Improvement of Teacher Education and Schooling. Having recently convinced Utah’s Board of Ed to get more teachers to share their education resources online, Wiley states:

Anything created by a state-funded school should be fair game for other state-funded schools… In kindergarten we’re all taught that sharing is a good thing… Then at some point, someone convinces you that it’s a foolish and naive idea.

To educators and administrators interested in incorporating more open content into your curricula, “Charter school breaks ground in ‘open education’” is a great case study to read through. Afterward, make sure to visit David Wiley’s post on Curriki titled, “Copyright and Open Education Resources” where you will learn how to legally use, mix and customize open content for your school.

Stay tuned for more K-12 OER news next Friday!

Anna Batchelder

Curriki International Consultant

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2 responses to “K-12 OER Update: The Open High School

  1. I sure wish that your and your colleagues would stop using the term, “open education.” It has a long and proud tradition of progressive learner-centered education.

    Now it seems the term has been reduced to describe free content.


  2. Hi Gary.

    We by no means intended to “reduce” open content to the definition of “free”. At Curriki we have always encouraged users to publish content under open CC licenses, to localize it, customize it to student needs, improve it, remix it and share it back with the community.

    While the content is free, it is SO much more than that!


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