Similar to other initiatives, the Open Course Library (http://www.opencourselibrary.org/) comes online with 3 succinct goals:
- Lower textbook costs for students
- Improve course completion rates
- Provide new resources for faculty
You can’t argue with any of those. While right now only serving higher education, many of these could be adopted for high school students. You can find a listing of Phase 1 courses here:
Many great courses, but what about the course content? You would not want to see a great list like this, then just get pdfs of regular textbooks. What does the coursework look like? You can download some of the courses to put into a course management system (think things like Moodle). You can also log in and see some content as well. Definitely a good first place to start as your school begins to move from traditional textbooks (which is WAY overdue) and moves to more constructing of their own knowledge and learning. Will definitely be interesting to see how OCL grows in the future, especially to hopefully see a move to the high school level.