Going open education
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Going open (education):
What, why, how?
What, why, how?
- WHAT: Open education involves educational practices which use open educational resources and which reduce barriers to participation.
- WHY: Advantages of open education include including greater accessibility, flexibility, quality improvement, and lower long-term costs.
- HOW: Transform to open education by using OERs, well-known open education web platforms, minimising barriers, encouraging students to contribute, and engaging in communities of open practice.
What is open education?
- Open education is a loose term which is generally used to refer to educational practices which involve using and sharing open educational resources (OERs).
- OERs are teaching and learning materials and resources which are licensed to allow their re-use (e.g,. Creative Commons).
- Open education is an important part of open academia (which also involves open research and open service).
- Open education is not just about using OERs, but also about creating and sharing OERs, and more broadly, minimising barriers to accessing and engaging in education.
Why open education?
- The range and quality of OERs and search tools are improving rapidly; many very good resources are already available, ranging from a single image, audio, or video ) or whole courses of study e.g.,
- OERs generally offer lower cost in the long run than educational resources which are commercially distributed with copyright restriction. There can be a short-term increase in cost/time initially when switching over to, or developing OERs
- Quality improvement and community review: Openly shared materials attract more comment and scrutiny, helping to fuel ongoing development of the materials.
- OERs are more accessible and more flexible as they allow different people to access the material in different ways and for longer periods of time.
- Open education helps to serve the broader community - one of the key functions of a university.
How to go open?
Restricted practices can be gradually transformed into open practices for the benefit of society, learning organisations, teachers and students:
- Can be done gradually, as part of course improvement.
- Audit the copyright licenses on all teaching materials -> gradually switch it over to OER material
- Identify the barriers to engagement -> gradually reduce or eliminate as many of these as possible
- Use a well-known open education platform for hosting materials (e.g., Wikiversity, WikiEducator)
- Work and share in a community of practice - going open will benefit from, and enhance, support and mentoring
- Open education (Wikiversity) | # Open education (Wikipedia)
- Open educational resources (Wikiversity) | # Open educational resources (Wikipedia)
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