“Open” is changing the texture of edu content
Over at the NPR/KQED education site MindShift, my latest analysis tackles peanut butter. Well, maybe the consistency of peanut butter — as it applies to instructional materials in schools and colleges.
Because a major shift we’re seeing is that the materials used to teach students are moving from a creamy, uniform consistency like that found in paper textbooks and many early monolithic digital texts, to a more chunky consistency as instructors assemble their own lessons and courses from digital pieces.
And a large factor in this change is the emergence of Open Educational Resources, which are perceived to be “free” and are designed to be mixed, modified and shared. (Though, of course, many educational companies also have digital pieces that offer several of the same benefits.)
Read, “How open education is changing the texture of content,” at MindShift.