Amazon Education is working on a new platform that will allow schools to upload, manage, share, and discover open education resources from a home page that in some ways resembles the one shoppers are accustomed to accessing on the massive online retailer’s website.
The new platform, called Amazon Inspire, is in beta testing and is scheduled to be released within the next two to three months, according to Andrew Joseph, the company’s vice president of strategic relations. The company is looking for districts to partner with for the testing phase.
Users of the site will be able to add ratings and reviews and receive recommendations based on their previous selections. Educators will be able to curate open resources, self-publish material they have developed, and put a school’s entire digital library that is open and freely available online, Joseph said. Amazon Inspire will be made available to schools for free.
A version of this article appeared in the February 24, 2016 edition of Education Week as Amazon to Launch Website For Open Resources