Curricula 2.0: Improving Education Access and Quality

[tweetmeme]Tomorrow I will present my paper, “Curricula 2.0: Improving Education Access and Quality” at the Gulf Education Forum in Dubai. To read the paper, I welcome you to view the document on Scribd below. -Anna (@bon_education)



3 Responses to “Curricula 2.0: Improving Education Access and Quality”

  1. 1 frothquaffer February 24, 2010 at 12:15 am

    Anna, thanks for the interesting paper. You note that the problem is not one of a lack of resources, there is a plethora of OERs on the web just waiting to be found, adapted and utilized. i would suggest that the real problem related to Improving Education Access and Quality lies in much more basic realities. The “wired” teachers you speak of are very few and far between. Even so called “Schools of the Future” habitually have trouble with internet connectivity and have some staff who don’t even know how to check email let alone surf the net. Computers that were supposed to be placed in classrooms to form workstations have been allocated to other tasks.

    The training you speak of sounds wonderful but the trainees have to be willing to learn and school administrations have to be willing to provide teachers with the support and resources necessary to incorporate their training into their teaching.

    All schools, public and private, in the UAE should have free high-speed access to the internet. Elisalat has just posted a 60% dividend, surely they can afford to spend some of their wealth for the greater good of the development of the nation that gives them so much profit.

  2. 2 readinggal February 24, 2010 at 8:29 am

    Thanks Rob for 1) reading the paper and 2) providing such thoughtful feedback.

    Yes, you bring up a good point. While many schools in the West do have access to Internet and teachers that have basic digital literacy skills, in this region many (certainly not all) schools struggle with such basics.

    You are 100% right that in order for schools to take advantage of the vast potential of OERs, school leaders must understand what they are and have the vision and leadership to inspire teachers to use them and to pay their Internet bills.

    Because there was a page limit on my paper, I didn’t really get into the issue of copyrights in a deep way. But, I will say that traditional copyright restrictions make it very expensive for school systems to purchase books for a growing population of youth. Therefore, many school go without enough books or with outdated materials. Whereas, the flexible copy and reproduction rights of OERs enable administrators, coaches, teachers, etc. to continuously identify useful OERs, copy and distribute them endlessly (via digital or paper means). This is a huge advantage and cost savings. Curriki has projects in India and Nepal in which teachers “offline” are provided printouts of OER materials from the ministry. To learn more about copyright for OERs, visit Creative Commons.

    Thanks again for you very on point comments.

    Here’s to having Internet in 2010!

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