The Hechinger Report: ‘Open Educational Resources haven’t upended the way that K–12 schools get course materials – yet’
Open educational resources appear in schools, but they're typically used as supplemental materials. That could change, however, as core curriculum options become freely accessible online.
Open educational resources have changed a number of colleges and even more college courses. K–12 schools, however, are a different story. True, OER has been hailed as a chance to break through the publishing oligopoly and democratize quality curriculum. On the other hand, the practice has yet to reach systemic levels.
A likely reason for this is that many K–12 OER are supplemental materials; when administrators select curricula, they tend to look for whole-course options that already align to standards. Most teachers simply don’t have the time to choose all of their own materials.
Organizations like nonprofit Open Up Resources, however, could change the game. Open Up Resources is one of the few organizations producing whole-curriculum options that also happen to be openly licensed, and CEO Larry Singer believes its model could greatly increase the use of OER in schools.
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