Free Curricula Centre
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.
If you would like to help, we'd love to hear from you! Please reach out, either by email to firstname.lastname@example.org or to any of FCC's participants already active on WikiEducator, including Vincent Kizza or Steve Foerster.
Since the Free Curricula Centre first opened in 2003, many OER textbooks have been developed. As a result, we currently have two ongoing projects that seek not to create new textbooks, but instead to add value to those that already exist. 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.
The first of these is our OpenCourseWare Initiative. We start with existing OER textbooks that have been produced by the community. Then we add playlists of videos and/or podcasts designed to accompany them that consist of original material or material curated from that found on sites such as YouTube and Vimeo. Finally, we include discussion prompts, lecture notes, and related materials to create complete courses.
Visit Free Curricula Centre/OCW for the list of courses that are planned and are in development.
The second of these is our Mobile Textbooks Initiative, 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. This initiative does not use WikiEducator as a platform, but those interested in helping, particularly those with expertise in PDF to EPUB conversion, are welcome to learn more.