By Kim Jones, CEO, Curriki
The White House last week released its third Open Government National Action Plan. One of the goals of the plan is expanded access to Open Educational Resources. The plan also calls for improved access to publicly available data.
The plan was released to coincide with the Open Government Partnership summit held during the last week of October in Mexico City.
Here’s what the plan document says about OER:
“Open educational resources are an investment in sustainable human development, they have the potential to increase access to high-quality education and reduce the cost of educational opportunities around the world. Open educational resources can expand access to key educational materials, enabling the domestic and international communities to attain skills and more easily access meaningful learning opportunities.”
Several activities are highlighted:
- Openly license more Federal grant-supported educational materials and resources
- Publish best practices and tools for agencies interested in developing grant-supported open licensing projects
- Convene stakeholders to encourage further open education efforts
The U.S. has become the first country ~ among the 66 countries that are Open Government Partnership members ~ to introduce open education into its national action plan.
An article in EdWeek reports that a number of districts in 6 different states, plus Department of Defense Schools are looking at replacing one or more textbooks with open educational resources. Here’s one suggestion for those districts – math OERs from Curriki. Curriki has curated OERs along a scope and sequence into standards-aligned modules for Pre-algebra, Algebra 1, Geometry, and Calculus courses.
Curriki is pleased with the support of the federal government for expanded access to OER and with federal government efforts to increase free availability of research data. Curriki is taking a leadership position in OER as a repository of over 70,000 open resources available to anyone with a web browser.