I am writing to let everyone know about the third annual Open Education Week, which will happen March 10-14, 2014.
Open education is a thriving, worldwide movement that has grown over the last ten years to allow learners of all ages, abilities, and means to experience authentic learning in both traditional and nontraditional settings.
Open education is, at its core, about free and open sharing. Free, meaning no cost, and open, referring to the use of legal tools (open licenses) that give everyone permission to reuse, modify, and share educational resources. Free and open sharing increases access to education and knowledge for anyone, anywhere, anytime.
According to Mary Lou Forward, Executive Director for the OpenCourseWare Consortium, “Open education has opened amazing new learning opportunities for learners of all ages around the world. We are constantly gratified by the variety of impacts these resources are having on people’s lives.” Here is a sampling of stories of those who have benefited from open education:
Open Education Week (March 10-14, 2014) is a global event that seeks to raise awareness of free and open sharing in education and the benefits they bring to teachers and learners. Coordinated by the OpenCourseWare Consortium, the event showcases projects, resources, and ideas from around the world that demonstrate the work already underway in open education. The open education movement seeks to reduce barriers, increase access and drive improvements in education through open sharing and digital formats. Open education includes free and open access to platforms, tools and resources in education, including learning materials, course materials, videos, assessment tools, research, study groups, and textbooks, all available under an open license.
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