Here is a presentation I recently made to the Chittenden South Supervisory Union leadership team, a group of very talented educational leaders. The presentation gave me the opportunity to think more deeply about incorporating Open Education as a design element for systems change in school districts.
One of the participants asked if Open Education and Open Educational Resources (OER) are a “what” or a “how”. Great question. I think the answer is both. I know my experience with Open Source software has had a significant impact on my thinking about the “how” of organizational leadership and organizational systems design. I think if school districts embrace OER, it will change how they work in terms of curriculum and professional development. These development processes will become more organic to the school system, and districts will be better able to close the gap between design and implementation while at the same time offering a more expansive curriculum to students.