Open educational resources and supportive communities offer the perfect environment for open education. The revolution to open education from traditional classroom resources and teaching methods advances our understanding of the educational process and helps us progress to higher levels of thinking. Through an exploratory network analysis, the study examines educator and student needs while recognizing the required curriculum aspect of the course. Highlighting available resources and communities for open education with respect to communication between educators and students, delivery of curriculum to students, and instructional design that integrates open resources drives the main research for this study. The objective of the research entails discovering resources and communities that support open education and connect students to the curriculum through educators.
Jason Murray, Cornwall-Lebanon School District, Lebanon, PA, USA
As the District Technology Coordinator for Cornwall-Lebanon School District, I promote the integration of technology within curriculums to enhance student learning opportunities. Web 2.0 tools, cloud computing, and open source ideals create a new dynamic journey for education. The culture shift of technological transformations within the classroom offers a vibrant future for education.
My Master of Science through Philadelphia University in Instructional Technology laid my foundation to understanding instructional design, educational technology, and online learning. My Doctorate of Computer Science through Colorado Technical University focusing in Emerging Media adds to my experience in open source, cloud computing, futuring, and innovation.
As the Technology Coordinator, I supervise the organization of the district’s enterprise solutions. Our Technology Services offer innovative, customized solutions to provide our staff with the essentials they need to complete their objectives. We incorporate futuristic concepts within our network engineering, virtual professional development, collaborative communication, and all other aspects of the district.
My current aspirations include researching open source software project performance in sourceforge.net; creating dynamic content in virtual worlds (Second Life & multiple OpenSim worlds); exploring cloud computing; investigating cyber awareness & security; developing blended, hybrid, & virtual learning environments; and developing mobile apps.