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What is an "Open Source Curriculum?"

Posted by bkurshan on April 13, 2006 at 9:10 AM PDT

Hi, as a newcomer to the GELC, I’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. I’ve conducted research on the impact of technology on learning, women’s attitudes toward technology, how kids learn using computers, and new ways of learning through understanding. I developed the first children’s software products for Microsoft—Creative Writer and Fine Artist—and also created award-winning products for McGraw-Hill, Apple, CCC (now Pearson) and others. I’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 ‘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 “open source curriculum” means. How does the community develop it and how do we distribute it to make a difference in education?