Open Educational Resources Movement Scales Up - Education Week
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"Today, attempts to scale up the use of open educational resources from supplemental to core academic content are playing out on several fronts.
Probably the most ambitious effort to expand the scale of open educational resources is being led by Open Up Resources, which has vowed to compete with commercial publishers for RFPs issued by districts looking to buy curriculum.
Open Up Resources offers a core math curriculum for grades 6-8, which is being piloted in six districts, and the organization is making a major push to expand in new K-12 systems during the 2017-18 school year. The math curriculum is available to districts for free, and they are charged for support services such as professional development, printing and delivery of materials, and access to phone and online help.
The organization's bet is that the savings districts nab on the free curriculum will easily offset the cost of any services they buy—producing a big bottom-line savings.
Many open educational resources have required infusions of outside funding, typically from philanthropies—and Open Up Resources' plans call for it to rely on foundation funding to support its growth. Revenues from the services the organization sells will pay for ongoing improvements to its materials. But when it designs curriculum from scratch, Open Up will still need outside support, most likely from foundations, said Larry Singer, Open Up Resources' CEO, who is a former executive at Pearson."