Partnership Expands Open Source Curriculum Offerings

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Education providers Curriki and GlobalScholar have teamed up to expand access to open source curricula and learning materials for educators, parents, and students.

Curriki is a nonprofit founded by Sun Microsystems in 2004 (now operating independently) aimed at providing free and open-source academic materials to educators. Through the new partnership, according to Curriki, educators will be able to access and post curricular materials more easily, and Curriki learning community members on the GlobalScholar platform--educators, parents, and students--will have more immediate access to materials.

"The alliance with GlobalScholar is vital in helping Curriki meet its mission of providing students, teachers and parents with free and open source content and curricula in two important ways," said Scott McNealy, Curriki founder, in a statement released Tuesday. "First, educators using the GlobalScholar platform can more easily participate in the Curriki community by sharing their curriculum with just a mouse click. The second advantage is that by making Curriki's assets accessible through the GlobalScholar platform, it is readily available to educators, parents and students when they need it, where they need it."

GlobalScholar provides a range of education services, from those targeted specifically toward education--such as its GlobalScholar service for educators to manage content and curricula--to student and parent resources, including online tutoring and various search services aimed at helping students find schools to attend. Back in February, the company also acquired funding and bought out Excelsior Software, a developer of K-12 assessment management solutions.

The partnership between the two companies also called on Curriki and GlobalScholar to develop open source assessment tools and to integrate collaboration tools on both platforms.

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About the author: David Nagel is the executive editor for 1105 Media's online education technology publications, including THE Journal and Campus Technology. He can be reached at dnagel@1105media.com.

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David Nagel is the executive producer for 1105 Media's online K-12 and higher education publications and electronic newsletters. He can be reached at dnagel@1105media.com. He can now be followed on Twitter at http://twitter.com/THEJournalDave (K-12) or http://twitter.com/CampusTechDave (higher education). You can also connect with him on LinkedIn at http://www.linkedin.com/profile/view?id=10390192.

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