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Open Education Consortium

Who We Are

We are a global network of educational institutions, individuals and organizations that support an approach to education based on openness, including collaboration, innovation and collective development and use of open educational materials. The Open Education Consortium is a non-profit, social benefit organization registered in the United States and operating worldwide.

Our Mission

We promote, support and advance openness in education around the world.

Our Vision

Empowerment through education.

We envision a world where everyone, everywhere has access to the high quality education and training they desire; where education is seen as an essential, shared, and collaborative social good.

Our Values:

Global focus
Openness
Equity
Collaboration
Multiculturalism

Our Activities:

Awareness raising
Networking and community development
Advocacy and advising
Capacity building and training
Implementation support
Consultancies
What is Open Education?

Open education encompasses resources, tools and practices that employ a framework of open sharing to improve educational access and effectiveness worldwide.

Open Education combines the traditions of knowledge sharing and creation with 21st century technology to create a vast pool of openly shared educational resources, while harnessing today’s collaborative spirit to develop educational approaches that are more responsive to learner’s needs.

The idea of free and open sharing in education is not new. In fact, sharing is probably the most basic characteristic of education: education is sharing knowledge, insights and information with others, upon which new knowledge, skills, ideas and understanding can be built. Open Education seeks to scale educational opportunities by taking advantage of the power of the internet, allowing rapid and essentially free dissemination, and enabling people around the world to access knowledge, connect and collaborate. Open is key; open allows not just access, but the ability to modify and use materials, information and networks so education can be personalized to individual users or woven together in new ways for large and diverse audiences.

Why is Open Education important?

Education is an essential tool for individuals and society to solve the challenges of the present and seize the opportunities of the future. However, the current provision of education is limited by educational institutions’ capacity, consequently, this resource is available to the few, not the many. The digital revolution offers a potential solution to these limitations, giving a global audience unprecedented access to free, open and high-quality educational resources.

People want to learn. By providing free and open access to education and knowledge, people can fulfill this desire. Students can get additional information, viewpoints and materials to help them succeed. Workers can learn something that will help them on the job. Faculty can exchange material and draw on resources from all around the world. Researchers can share data and develop new networks. Teachers can find new ways to help students learn. People can connect with others they wouldn’t otherwise meet to share information and ideas. Materials can be translated, mixed together, broken apart and openly shared again, increasing access and allowing new approaches. Anyone can access educational materials, scholarly articles, and supportive learning communities anytime they want to. Education is available, accessible, modifiable and free.

Our Sponsors

Activities of the Open Education Consortium are generously supported by:

The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation

Sustaining Members of the Open Education Consortium:

The African Virtual University
Community College Consortium for Open Educational Resources
Delft University of Technology
Fundação Getulio Vargas – FGV Online
Japan OpenCourseWare Consortium
Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health
Korea OpenCourseWare Consortium
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Netease Open Courses
Open Universiteit
Organisation Internationale de la Francophonie
Taiwan Open Course Consortium
Tecnológico de Monterrey
Tufts University
Universia
Universidad Politécnica de Madrid
University of California, Irvine
University of Michigan
and contributions of member organizations

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Description Who We Are

We are a global network of educational institutions, individuals and organizations that support an approach to education based on openness, including collaboration, innovation and collective development and use of open educational materials. The Open Education Consortium is a non-profit, social benefit organization registered in the United States and operating worldwide.

Our Mission

We promote, support and advance openness in education around the world.

Our Vision

Empowerment through education.

We envision a world where everyone, everywhere has access to the high quality education and training they desire; where education is seen as an essential, shared, and collaborative social good.

Our Values:

Global focus
Openness
Equity
Collaboration
Multiculturalism

Our Activities:

Awareness raising
Networking and community development
Advocacy and advising
Capacity building and training
Implementation support
Consultancies
What is Open Education?

Open education encompasses resources, tools and practices that employ a framework of open sharing to improve educational access and effectiveness worldwide.

Open Education combines the traditions of knowledge sharing and creation with 21st century technology to create a vast pool of openly shared educational resources, while harnessing today’s collaborative spirit to develop educational approaches that are more responsive to learner’s needs.

The idea of free and open sharing in education is not new. In fact, sharing is probably the most basic characteristic of education: education is sharing knowledge, insights and information with others, upon which new knowledge, skills, ideas and understanding can be built. Open Education seeks to scale educational opportunities by taking advantage of the power of the internet, allowing rapid and essentially free dissemination, and enabling people around the world to access knowledge, connect and collaborate. Open is key; open allows not just access, but the ability to modify and use materials, information and networks so education can be personalized to individual users or woven together in new ways for large and diverse audiences.

Why is Open Education important?

Education is an essential tool for individuals and society to solve the challenges of the present and seize the opportunities of the future. However, the current provision of education is limited by educational institutions’ capacity, consequently, this resource is available to the few, not the many. The digital revolution offers a potential solution to these limitations, giving a global audience unprecedented access to free, open and high-quality educational resources.

People want to learn. By providing free and open access to education and knowledge, people can fulfill this desire. Students can get additional information, viewpoints and materials to help them succeed. Workers can learn something that will help them on the job. Faculty can exchange material and draw on resources from all around the world. Researchers can share data and develop new networks. Teachers can find new ways to help students learn. People can connect with others they wouldn’t otherwise meet to share information and ideas. Materials can be translated, mixed together, broken apart and openly shared again, increasing access and allowing new approaches. Anyone can access educational materials, scholarly articles, and supportive learning communities anytime they want to. Education is available, accessible, modifiable and free.

Our Sponsors

Activities of the Open Education Consortium are generously supported by:

The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation

Sustaining Members of the Open Education Consortium:

The African Virtual University
Community College Consortium for Open Educational Resources
Delft University of Technology
Fundação Getulio Vargas – FGV Online
Japan OpenCourseWare Consortium
Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health
Korea OpenCourseWare Consortium
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Netease Open Courses
Open Universiteit
Organisation Internationale de la Francophonie
Taiwan Open Course Consortium
Tecnológico de Monterrey
Tufts University
Universia
Universidad Politécnica de Madrid
University of California, Irvine
University of Michigan
and contributions of member organizations
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Keyword Education, Curricula
Date Of Record Creation 2017-03-26 20:40:18
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Date Last Modified 2017-03-26 20:45:37
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Date Record Checked: 2017-03-26 20:40:18 (W3C-DTF)

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