Curriki – the Global Education & Learning Community, is a nonprofit organization that is building an Internet site for open source curriculum (OSC) development, to provide universal access to free curricula and instructional materials for students up to the age of 18 (K-12). By applying the open source process to education, Curriki empowers educational professionals to become an active community in the creation of world-class curricula. Dr. Barbara Kurshan currently serves as Curriki's Executive Director
Curriki, a play on the words ‘curriculum’ and ‘wiki’, was conceived from the idea that technology can play a crucial role in breaking down the barriers of the Education Divide – the division of inequality that prevents children worldwide from having access to quality education. Curriki’s mission is to make learning possible for anyone, anywhere in the world.
Curriki is different from other e-learning sites because:
- It focuses on a complete curricula solution, not just a textbook or lesson plans, but a comprehensive course of instruction and assessment. [Curriki.org will include easy-to-use tools for creating curriculum packets out of content assets available on the site.
- Curriki has a unique approach to curriculum development, distribution and evaluation that is represented by the organization’s 3-D model: curriculum developed through community contributors, delivered globally and whose impact is determined by project and by individual.
Anyone with access to the Internet can contribute and use the material found on Curriki to teach themselves or others. Whether its algebra, reading, or physics, they will be able to access the curricula online, print it, and/or save it to a CD.
Curriki was founded by Sun Microsystems in March 2004 as the Global Education & Learning Community (GELC). In 2006, Sun spun GELC off as an independent 501(c)(3) nonprofit to focus on building a repository of curricula and to create an online community for this repository. The organization changed its name to Curriki in 2006 to capture the spirit of community-driven learning excellence and the delivery of Open Source Curricula.