What is an "Open Source Curriculum?"
Hi, as a newcomer to the GELC, Iâ€™d like to introduce myself. My name is Barbara Kurshan and people call me Bobbi. A month ago I took on the job of Executive Director of GELC, and I am very excited about working with all of you, and about the promise of making the GELC into a real force for global educational change.
Let me tell you a little about myself. My background combines education, technology and business. I have a Masters Degree in computer science, and an Ed.D. in Curriculum Educational Technology, both from Virginia Tech. I spent twelve years in academe, both as professor and as Director of Academic Computing. Iâ€™ve conducted research on the impact of technology on learning, womenâ€™s attitudes toward technology, how kids learn using computers, and new ways of learning through understanding. I developed the first childrenâ€™s software products for Microsoftâ€”Creative Writer and Fine Artistâ€”and also created award-winning products for McGraw-Hill, Apple, CCC (now Pearson) and others. Iâ€™ve run a publishing house, Gessler Publishing, and a venture capital fund investing in education, Core Learning Group. In addition to my position at GELC, I â€˜m President of Educorp Consultants Corporation, a group doing educational consulting for schools, venture funds, the US government and the European Union, and serve on the boards of a half-dozen e-learning companies. This work has involved a lot of globe-trotting, from Magnitogorsk twenty years ago to Budapest last week, so it is a pleasure to work with such an international group as the GELC.
I want to begin my first blogging experience by asking you what you think â€œopen source curriculumâ€ means. How does the community develop it and how do we distribute it to make a difference in education?