Supporting innovative practice in curriculum and instruction…
The Free Curricula Centre is a community of research and practice founded in 2003 with the goal of reducing the cost of textbooks and other curricular materials to zero through the use of open educational resources (OER).
FCC is now housed at New World University, where it supports the university’s mission to provide quality, affordable higher education to individuals in economically developing countries.
Since FCC first opened in 2003, many OER textbooks have been developed. As a result, the Centre currently has two ongoing projects, that seek not to create new textbooks, but instead to add value to those that already exist:
- The first of these is our Multimedia Enhancement Project, which creates playlists of videos or podcasts designed to accompany existing OER textbooks produced by others. In our own use with textbooks, partners and students have asked for these sorts of multimedia enhancements to the OER textbooks we use in our programmes. These playlists can consist of original material, or curated playlists of material found on sites such as YouTube and Vimeo.
- The second of these is our Mobile Textbooks Project, which takes OER textbooks that are only available in PDF or Word format and converts them to EPUB format so that they can be readily used on mobile devices, including smartphones. Help us!
Through these projects, we seek to do for educational curricula what open source software has done for computing: focus cooperative efforts to bring about low cost, high quality alternatives to commercial products.