The Open Syllabus Project
The American Assembly is the home of the Open Syllabus Project (OSP, hereafter), an effort to build the first large-scale online database of university course syllabi as a platform for the development of new research, teaching, and administrative tools.
The OSP supports new ways of understanding canon formation, the evolution of disciplines, pedagogical change, and institutional history, based on the analysis of what's taught. Over time, we hope it will make curricula more transparent to students, faculty, and administrators, and enable better coordination of course and curricular development. It will also enable new publication metrics and new insights into changing practices of scholarly communication, from tracking the use of open-access publications to measuring how frequently, and in what contexts, particular works are taught.
The project is supported by the Sloan Foundation, Hewlett Foundation, Arcadia Fund, Templeton Foundation, and Digital Science.
The OSP Workshop & Hackathon was held June 6-7, Columbia University, at the Heyman Center for the Humanities and Studio@Butler. The event was the first all-hands gathering of the OSP community to discuss and address the next set of social, institutional, legal, and technical challenges for the OSP.