Open Education

When you hear or see the words “open education” what do you think?

Let’s see open = not closed off/free..hmmm free education?? Excuse me, I will take that!!!

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Open Education is something so vital. We all must take a look into. Imagine a world where knowledge is free to those who pursue it. Let’s remember that knowledge is power. With that said we can change the world for the better. Early Childhood Education is the foundation for success. Let us work on young children being able to attend school where their parents who are making minimum wage, would not even have to pay. Quality education can be free. With hard work, passion and determination- its feasible!! Let’s go!!!

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What would you set forth to accomplish if open education was available for all as of today??

Some Helpful Links

http://www.openeducation.net/

http://whyopenedmatters.org/

Open education is a trend. It is a movement. Like many other trends, the positive aspects are presented first off. Just by the term open education alone brings a sense of peace and fascination. How can we pull off open education? After the initial learning of open education, the real concerns and questions arise.

Open education means to be free and available. How great would this be if everyone can get a free readily available education. Education should be a right and if it was truly open, how many people would exercise that right. Open education means eliminating barriers in education (McNally 2012). Just the term, open education alone seems promising. It is exciting to think that people can have an open education. But like with all great promising notions, especially that have to do with education, there are some big challenges that are to be faced along with it.

It is exciting to think of open education and to know that people who never even thought they had a chance at getting educated can have a chance to learn, thrive and succeed in this world.

It is free. Who wouldn’t go for it. Open education is available and out there ready for the whole world- the resources, information – all for everyone located in every part of the world (McNally 2012).

Without even having to pay to learn about information from authors, colleges and universities there is information ready to be soaked up by eager learners. Open education is an exciting trend. A while ago I came across a site from Yale which offered the syllabus, course content and all things pertaining to those certain subjects online. If one wanted to learn about it, the information from actual Yale professors were there. Of course in that situation, the only thing is you do not get a college credit for it but it was great to see that available.

Open education is a new idea but seems to be becoming quite popular now a days. We do not know everything about open education and as much as we know we will still need to find out so much more like how will open education survive? Where will the money come from? things of that nature.

It is so true that we want to learn. For the most part people want to learn and many obstacles, especially financial are hindering their desires. Knowing that people all over the world despite culture, ethnicity background and creed, poor etc. can receive a higher education is remarkable. It brings hope and promise to our world as a whole. So many people would like a higher education but money seems to always be like the first negative factor on why they are unable to further their education. Open education can rid this. “People want to learn. By providing free and open access to education and knowledge, we help create a world where people can fulfil this desire” according to article on openeducatioweek.com (Admin 2013). This access will be amazing but I can not help to keep thinking of the money issue and how we will truly reach the time where open education is available for all, used by many, taught by many. I love teaching. It is my passion but how will educators survive with open education? The student in me of course loves this idea greatly. As I wish our MEd courses were free ; ).

McNally, Michael. (2012, March 22). Democratizing access to knowledge: find out what open educational resources (OER) have to offer.  Retrieved from http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W2IPOgl0ZE8

Admin. (February 26,2013). About open education. Retrieved from http://www.openeducationweek.org/about-open-education/

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One thought on “Open Education

  1. You pose a very good question at the end of your post. I am also very curious to see how the role of a teacher and an educator will conform and adapt to this new way of learning. The tension created by free vs profit is a very difficult issue indeed. I would imagine that licensing and copyright laws will become very detailed, very complex and very quickly.

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