Opening up education is a broad concept that became popular with the establishment of the UK Open University. The ‘open education’ movement now encompasses open educational resources (OER), open science, open educational practice (OEP), Massive Open Online Courses (MOOC), open pedagogy, open textbooks as well as ‘traditional’ open entry, flexible learning. This sub-theme will focus on how all these approaches can be used to improve access to education at all levels, and particularly with a focus on lifelong learners. Ways of improving access can encompass the use of any of the forms of open education, and institutional models to flexible learning, such as public-private partnership, accrediting informal learning and the use of technology to support online, flexible learning. The aim is to explore new models of learning and evaluate the implementation of existing approaches to foster open education. Perspectives can include student learning, designing open education, delivering learning opportunities, and managing learning organisations.
Thank you for the clarity on this broad concept. I particularly like the idea of lifelong learning and the fact that there are plenty of resources that people can access to support their studies and daily activities. Moreover, the availability of these open resources means that knowledge is not ‘owned’ by anyone, it is to be shared to all who desire to access it. This is a challenge that as we access learning materials developed by others, we must also contribute to knowledge for others to benefit.
Many countries offers technical and professional programs too through Open distance education mode. But few countries like India still not open in above subjects.
Acually if monitoring and quality is maintained and compulsory hands on training is imparted under supervision . Nothing is impossible to reach the unreachable.