Open Education - A brief Introduction

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By: Dr. Andreas Meiszner & Ruediger Glott, United Nations University UNU-MERIT – The Netherlands. Elmar Husmann, ELIG – European Learning Industry Group …

By: Dr. Andreas Meiszner & Ruediger Glott, United Nations University UNU-MERIT – The Netherlands. Elmar Husmann, ELIG – European Learning Industry Group
Workshop on “The Why and How of Open Education: Service Concepts and Provider Perspectives”
15th MindTrek Conference and the International Academic Conference | 30 of September, Tampere – Finnland

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  • 1. Open Education A brief introductionBy: Dr. Andreas Meiszner & Ruediger Glott, United Nations University UNU-MERIT – The Netherlands. Elmar Husmann, ELIG – European Learning Industry Group Workshop on “The Why and How of Open Education: Service Concepts and Provider Perspectives” 15th MindTrek Conference and the International Academic Conference | 30 of September, Tampere – Finnland
  • 2. Impressions from our first OE workshop @OKCon 2011
  • 3. OE perhaps draws on traditional formal and class based (Higher) Education Though traditional HE is frequently NOT Open Education
  • 4. It adds openness to the different elements of traditional formal (Higher) Education:  ‘Open Content’  ‘Open Degrees’  ‘Open Assessment’  ‘Open Learning’  ‘Open Tutoring’  ‘Open Technology’  ‘Open Communities’  …
  • 5. So why not skipping the ‘Open’ instead of repeating it over and over again? Because it appears to be more than a filler and to mirror an attitude, behaviour, concept or desirable state. … <<< Though be aware of the risk of fetishization of the word ‘Open’, and of diluting its meaning to something like ‘Open Everything’. >>>
  • 6. •  How we define Open Education depends on how we define Education.•  In many societies Education equals to obtaining Formal Degrees orCertifications.•  If Formal Degrees or Certifications are indeed the relevant criterion thatdefines Education, then Open Education pretty much the same then Closedtraditional formal education as we know it – except that it is not “Closed”,but “Open”.•  Luckily there are more shades then “black” and “white”, and the samelikely holds valid for Education.
  • 7. OE in a nutshell – a quick descriptionOpen Education is characterized by “the free and open access to, the usageof and the right to modify and re-use digital educational resources and digitaleducational tools, and the free and open access to the related (virtual)educational communities, in order to learn, teach, exchange or advanceknowledge in a collaborative and interactive way”.In contrast to traditional education, beneficiaries of Open Education mightinclude the following: institutional students and educators across institutions;free learners outside of formal education; practitioners and enterprises asproducers, consumers or collaborators; and established virtual communitiesof practice.
  • 8. OE beyond the openness aspectFurther OE key characteristics include: Extense use of new communication technologies Strong digital component Networked Participatory & Collaborative Transparent & Inclusive
  • 9. From OE to Open Education Services – an institution/learner perspective‘Open Education as a Service’ (OEaaS) is an ‘on-demand’ concept at whichservices are provided around freely available educational offers, such ascourses and programmes with basic support provision. Available servicesmight include customizable support options, formal assessment andcertification possibilities, or the access to physical infrastructures. OEaaS istherefore close to a ‘Freemium business model’ at which basic products orservices are available free of charge, while charging a premium for advancedfeatures, functionality, or related products and services.
  • 10. From OE to Open Education Services – an industry/ institution perspectiveFrom an industry/institution perspective ‘Open Education as aService’ (OEaaS) provides business opportunities for the learning industry,such as:•  Training, course & programme development,•  Hosting & maintenance•  Online assessment and certification systems•  Online spaces to provide tutoring•  Billing systems•  Physical ID verification & assessment control•  …
  • 11. Thank you for your attention! Elmar HusmannELIG – European Learning Industry Group … Dr. Andreas Meiszner, United Nations University UNU-MERIT meiszner@merit.unu.edu