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European Distance Learning Week: Open Education at the macro level: “How could policy help”

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Presentation by Alan Tait, The Open University, UK for the European Distance Learning Week's third day webinar on "Evolving Open Education: life beyond MOOCs" - 9 November 2016
Recording of the discussion is available here: https://eden-online.adobeconnect.com/p6ax1hqjijs/

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European Distance Learning Week: Open Education at the macro level: “How could policy help”

  1. 1. Open education at the macro level: how could policy help? ALAN TAIT PROFESSOR EMERITUS OF DISTANCE EDUCATION AND DEVELOPMENT THE OPEN UNIVERSITY UK alan.tait@open.ac.uk
  2. 2. Open Education and Open Practices  OEP  From projects to policy to embedding of sustainable practices  Open publishing: articles, journals and books  Open text books  Open Educational Resources  MOOCs  Digital revolution is enabler and driver for change  Anti-commoditisation: from commodities to commons 2
  3. 3. Open publishing: articles, journals and books From projects to collaboration and policy  Institutional and Research Council policy now in place e.g. gold and green routes  Open Archives: collaboration drives policy  Open Access Journals funded by universities and Professional Associations  Much more than projects 3
  4. 4. Open text books  British Columbia Provincially funded post secondary open text books  See https://open.bccampus.ca  More than project 4
  5. 5. Open Educational Resources  Many!  Open Learn has 5m visitors per year  OER University  But innovative projects with rhetoric run ahead of outcomes  Policy not yet embedding innovation or lower cost opportunity 5
  6. 6. MOOCs  35m users world-wide  Major insertional policy and commitment  Digital innovation feeding back on to campus  Many unanswered questions: quality; student persistence; business model; futures  MOOCs have demonstrated enormous demand 6
  7. 7. Anti-commoditisation  from educational commodities to commons  Scandal of publically funded research outputs being paid for again by public through expensive journals  Cost of higher education in North America and England  Openness and access inherent in potential of web revolution 7
  8. 8. From projects to policy: commodity or commons?  Projects vulnerable to short-term financing and exhaustion  Policy drives and confirms sustainability  UNESCO open education policy is helpful but can be ignored  EU ‘Policy recommendations for Opening Up Education’  Some important institutional policies  But policy with funding at national levels lacking  Risk of exhaustion by innovators and ‘next new thing’ by philanthropic Foundations  Battle for outcome of digital revolution in education: commodities or commons? alan.tait@open.ac.uk 8

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