Week 11: Exploring Curriki

I’m a bit late getting to my week 11 blog post, but I wanted to review something that hadn’t been widely explored or discussed by my colleagues in EC&I 831. I have decided to dive into Curriki, which provides user with access to Open Education Resources (OER).

Overview

Curriki is a non-profit organization that has been revolutionizing the way digital learning content is distributed and openly shared for over a decade.” It was founded by Scott McNealy who wanted to make online learning easier and more engaging for students during the pandemic. Curriki is free for users to use and looks like it would be a fantastic resource for teachers to build content, share learning resources, and find quality learning resources. Have a look the overview video below.

I was really impressed with the array of fantastic tools that are found in the Curriki Studio that can help educators create learning resources that are visually appealing and engaging for students. There are over 50 learning activity types to select from and each activity has a demo video and a video that explains how to build or develop the activity. These videos are short, but informative and provide practical ideas for teachers. I really see that Curriki Studio being beneficial for teachers developing content for online classes or for blended learning experiences.

This video shows how to create an interactive video.

Is it user-friendly? Is it well-organized?

Once I had setup my free account, I found the that website was very user friendly and easy to navigate. It would be ideal for supporting teachers to find resources and develop resources. I appreicated how the website offers lots of support for users as they navigate the platform.

There appears to be an extensive library that is filled with designs to help support the creation of resources. From building collages to documentation tools, there seems to be many designs to select from.

Are the resources typically of high-quality?

While the website is easy to navigate, I was rather disappointed the the number of teacher resources and their quality. For example, when searching for some Mathematics resources for rational numbers, I was disappointed to only find a few learning resources.




The search features should allow users to search by subject, educational level, and by activity type. The website is simple, clean and easy to scan and find information. While the library is well organized, it does not seem to be really extensive and filled with practical resources that educators that I work with would use. Thus, it could have the potential to be a great database of Open Education Resources, but for now, it seems to be lacking the necessary content to make it highly effective or useful for my classroom teachers.

Would it be valuable to educators?

Curriki has the potential to be a valuable resource, but right now it seems to be lacking resources that would be helpful to educators. I do believe that the CurrikiStudio features would be ideal for making engaging learning activities and the numerous templates and demonstration videos could help speed up resource development. I know that many educators spend countless hours making things look professional and a website such as this would make things easier. I would give this OER 6.5/10. I feel that if this OER was widely shared and used by more teachers, it would have a greater depth of resources and learning activities to pull from.

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2 thoughts on “Week 11: Exploring Curriki

  1. Wow! Your review is so in-depth and easy to follow. It looks like you spent quite a bit of time trying to get it figured out. I also like how you talked at the end about it potentially being useful in classrooms, or it could be once resources were developed more. The tricky part I found with OER is that it doesn’t seem to be geared towards Elementary or Middle School level students as of yet. Thanks for the review! It looks like I have a lot to learn.

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