Gooru

Gooru provides millions of free educational K-12 resources. Teachers can access and organize collections, build quizzes, and assign to students. Gooru is a non-profit organization.

A Learning Navigator for Every Student

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We’ve built a learning navigator to provide students with immediate insight into their strengths and gaps in learning, information on what has worked for students like them, and access to crowd-sourced courses from amazing teachers around the world.

Think of Gooru as a “GPS” for learning. We bring big data and crowdsourcing together to empower students to reach their goals. At every step of the way, students receive real-time information on their progress to make an informed decision on their next steps, whether it’s talking to their teacher, asking a friend for help or using a digital resource.

Every interaction by students makes the entire system smarter. Teachers can reach students beyond their classroom with open digital content, and interact with a community of passionate educators sharing their wisdom. We make our technology open-source so other organizations can build and evolve what we’ve created so far.

Open Learning Architecture & Catalog

Building a learning navigation system requires a framework to relate student performance to all learning activities, so students know exactly where they are and have related resources, annotated with usage and efficacy data, to take next steps.

We have organized a crowd-sourced catalog of resources, quizzes, lessons, assessments, and courses that cover K-12 core subjects and beyond, with topics such as social-emotional learning, geo-education, and professional learning. As educators curate content for their unique classes, their work is shared openly for others to remix. This improves the quality of online learning resources and fosters a community of practice where educators share what works for different students and environments.

We established an Open Learning Architecture (OLA), a common reference point to relate all students, learning content, and activities to education standards like CCSS, NGSS, and C3. The architecture can be extended to support any K-12 subjects, skills and standards. Latitude and longitude coordinates mark every point on the earth where people and travel resources can be located. Similarly, the OLA establishes a learning taxonomy as the “lat-long” for learning, defining location points to map student progress and learning activities. The OLA is enriched with layers of metadata for different types of learning activities, representation of learning progressions, and crowd-sourced tagging of learning activities for 21st Century skills, accessibility and depth of knowledge. This framework has evolved over the past four years with inputs from researchers, education experts, and usage data from our system. As we scale to support student learning in different local and global contexts, we welcome expertise and feedback from the community.

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Increasing Collective Impact

The OLA organizes the contributions of all players in the education ecosystem–teachers, content creators, learning scientists, app developers–to work in sync and have collective impact to support all students. The open web proves to us that such a solution can exist. However, the education ecosystem has a legacy of working in opaque silos. The OLA allows every player to align their contributions in support of student learning. With our collective impact, every student can benefit from the latest research, effective learning content, and amazing educators throughout their learning journey.

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