Open source learning - Open High School

Open source goes to high school

A student reading open education resources
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Before heading out to film this story on the Open High School of Utah, I wasn't sure what to expect. I had a lot of the same questions most people would have about an online high school: What kind of students go to high school online? How are teachers building their curriculum from open educational resources and what does it look like? How are the students interacting with their teachers and other students in an online venue?

After spending a day with the founding members, administration, faculty, and a room full of students and their parents, we got answers to all those questions, and left feeling like we were witnessing the beginnings of something phenomenal.

Technology rules at Open High where their approach to learning embraces the idea that teaching shouldn't be as static as the textbooks on which it's based. Shattering traditional methods, the Open High School of Utah curriculum is built from open educational resources. These resources are the foundation for their content and are aligned with Utah state standards to ensure the highest quality educational experience. The teachers enhance with screencasts, interactive components, and engaging activities to create high quality curricula for their students.

The use of open resources also makes it possible to very easily modify the curriculum to meet student needs. This is perhaps the most exciting aspect of the Open High School of Utah! Every student’s educational experience can be customized to best fit their needs, turning the one-size-fits-all, teach-to-the-middle education system on its head.

In keeping with their mission the Open High School of Utah, a public charter school, is the first secondary school to share the curriculum they develop as an open educational resource. Today they announce the release of ten semesters of creative commons licensed content at invites you to watch the video below and share this amazing story. If you are interested in learning more about the Open High School of Utah, check out the website.

About the author

Mike Esser - At work, I'm a proud member of Red Hat's Brand Communications & Design team. As the Team Leader for the Digital Media & Video team here, I'm fortunate enough to be a part of virtually every video we produce. Which I love. Before coming to Red Hat, I lived in Brooklyn, NY, where for almost 4 years, I worked on television and film projects doing everything from production management to getting cough syrup and donuts for "important" directors. I've always believed in the power of film...