OSPRI is developing a robust curricular, co-curricular, pedagogical, and professional innovation ecosystem applying open source methodologies and principles to modes of teaching and learning, communicating, and creating within and beyond educational institutions.

What is OSPRI?

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OSPRI (Open Source Pedagogy, Research + Innovation) is harnessing the power of open to transform education for the 21st century. Guided by open source principles and methodologies like open knowledge and access to information, collaboration and community, transparency and meritocracy, inclusion and diversity, and iterative creation and adaptability, OSPRI is designing an open learning ecosystem for a more open world.

Jointly housed in Duke University’s Social Science Research Institute and Innovation and Entrepreneurship Initiative with generous support from Red Hat, OSPRI develops student-centered, project-based, interdisciplinary, and cross-sector collaborative learning communities that empower students to be engaged agents of their learning and life pathways.

OSPRI is rooted in the open source values of open knowledge and access to information; OSPRI promotes open educational practices and the use and co-creation of open educational resources Open Educational Resources (OER). Focused on authentic, personalized learning, OSPRI’s learning environments and curricular designs underscore the open source principles of collaboration and transparency, inclusion and diversity, and iterative and agile creation. In addition to developing an open source curricular pathway, OSPRI’s 21st century open learning framework includes: collaborating with industry partners to create experiential, mentored learning; supporting student open source innovation project teams, hackathons, and challenges; presenting workshops on topics related to open pedagogy and open source culture and development processes; contributing to open access publications; and leading academic summits on making open the default position for teaching and learning, communicating, and creating within and beyond academia.

What is a 21st Century Open Learning Framework?

A 21st century open learning framework equips students with the ways of knowing, creating, communicating, and collaborating that are necessary to thrive in today’s complex world; it prepares students to understand, evaluate, and contribute to a shifting information landscape and empowers them to be resilient, reflective, and engaged agents of their learning, career, and life pathways.

21st century open learning employs pedagogical methodologies that place students at the center of learning designs and processes, and that integrate authentic and social learning practices into academic spaces.

The learning environment is rooted in the idea of the commons—a space of inclusivity and collaboration where knowledge belongs to everyone. Educators and students adopt, remix, and create open educational resources whenever such adoption, remixing, and creating aligns with student-centered learning outcomes.

21st Century Open Learning Framework: Critical + Creative Dispositions and Skills

Find and critically evaluate open-access information, including open datasets, across diverse sources, networks, and platforms

Integrate open-access information to produce and effectively contribute new knowledge across established and emerging modes of expression, discourse communities, and technologies

Skillfully integrate content and context to develop solutionsacross disciplines and sectors

Employ design thinking and agile entrepreneurial methodologies to initiate, develop, reflect upon, and implement hypotheses and projects

Effectively articulate vision, cultivate solution pathways, andcontribute to shared endeavors across disciplines and sectors with transparency, empathy, and adaptability

Identify and develop intellectual and personal goals andpassions, and assess, modify, and deepen these intellectual and personal pathways

21st Century Open Learning Framework: Learning Methodologies + Environment


  • Student-Centered + Personalized
  • Project-Based + Authentic
  • Experiential + Social


  • Open Knowledge + Access to Information
  • Collaboration Transparency + Meritocracy
  • Interdisciplinary + Cross-Sector
  • Inclusion + Diversity
  • Design-Based Thinking

Applied Research + Development

Cross-sector applied research teams engaging with open source culture, communities, tools, and technologies to help solve critical issues.

At OSPRI, we are designing and scaling an education model that ensures open access to knowledge and empowers learners to be engaged agents of their own learning and life pathways. This model will prepare learners for a culture that is rapidly shifting towards collaboration, sharing, and open exchange of ideas and service; we believe this model will enable a more participatory, reflective, and peaceful world.

Aria Chernik at Red Hat Summit

Meet the Team