We’ve seen a lot of innovation in this space recently, such as the Washington State Board’s Open Course Library which we covered a few weeks ago or Curriki , a K-12 open learning resource which got a $3M donation 2 months ago. It’s very exciting to see this kind of money being dedicated to making education materials available for free, but these kinds of resources really are just the first step.
The next steps are more crucial and less obvious. For one, what will be done with these resources now that they are available? It’s really up to educators to use these resources to their full potential, and beyond that for state boards of education and the Dept. of Education to help integrate these resources into the way students are taught. It really seems like we are seeing the groundwork laid for big changes, but availability of resources is not enough and structural changes to the way school districts buy and manage educational resources is a crucial next step.