Open education is changing the way students, faculty and the world view higher education. After all, it has immense potential to help people of all ages and experience levels meet their individual learning goals.
What’s more, the use of open educational resources (OER) could triple in the next five years, according to some predictions. One of the driving forces behind the jump? Students who skip or defer classes due to the price of required textbooks or learning resources.
During the week of March 27, The Open Education Consortium is hosting Open Education Week in an effort to raise awareness about free and open educational opportunities that exist for everyone, everywhere, right now.
The group says it wants to highlight how open education can help people meet their goals in education, whether that’s to develop skills and knowledge for work, supporting formal studies, learning something new for personal interest, or looking for additional teaching resources.
Universities, colleges, schools and organizations from across the globe will showcase their efforts to make education more open, free, and available to everyone.
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