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What is Open Education

Handbook of Research on Individualism and Identity in the Globalized Digital Age
Free education that is accessible to all.
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Massive Open Online Courses and Completion Rates: Are Self-Directed Adult Learners the Most Successful at MOOCs?
Amanda Sue Schulze (Pepperdine University, USA), Doug Leigh (Pepperdine University, USA), Paul Sparks (Pepperdine University, USA), and Elio Spinello (Pepperdine University, USA)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-5225-0522-8.ch002
Millions of adults have registered for massive open online courses, known as MOOCs, yet little research exists on how effective MOOCs are at meeting the needs of these learners. Critics of MOOCs highlight that completion rates can average fewer than 5%. Such low completion rates raise questions about the effectiveness of MOOCs and whether all adults have the skills and abilities needed for success. MOOCs have the potential to be powerful change agents for universities and students, but it has previously been unknown whether these online courses serve more than just the most persistent, self-directed learners. This study explored the relationship between self-directed learning readiness and MOOC completion percents among adults taking a single Coursera MOOC. By examining self-directed learning - the ability to take responsibility for one's own educational experiences - and MOOC completion rates, this research may help to confirm the knowledge and skills needed to be a successful adult learner in the 21st century, as well as how to improve online education offered to adult learners.
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Learning and Performance Innovation
A collective term that describes knowledge, ideas or important aspects of teaching methodology shared freely over the internet
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Disruptive Democratisers?: The Complexities and Incongruities of Scale, Diversity and Personalisation in MOOCs
Can refer to learning that is free to access or it can refer to an educational opportunity that has not pre-requisites so that anyone can access, no matter their background or past experiences.
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Seamless Learning Design Criteria in the Context of Open and Distance Learning
Teaching and learning that are independent of time and place with a special focus on social justice, equity and elimination of barriers in educational processes.
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Collaborative and Open Education by Interdisciplinary Women's Networks: FemTechNet and Feminist Pedagogies in Digital Education
Education that does not require traditional academic admission and follows non-traditional formats, generally promoted online.
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Leadership in Global Open, Online, and Distance Learning
Open education is a way of carrying out education, often using digital technologies. Its aim is to widen access and participation to everyone by removing barriers and making learning accessible, abundant, and customisable for all. It offers multiple ways of teaching and learning, building and sharing knowledge. It also provides a variety of access routes to formal and non-formal education, and connects the two ( Inamorato dos Santos, et al., 2016 AU132: The citation "Inamorato dos Santos, et al., 2016" matches multiple references. Please add letters (e.g. "Smith 2000a"), or additional authors to the citation, to uniquely match references and citations. ).
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MOOCs: A Three Dimensions Analysis of Impact in Higher Education
Open education describes institutional policy and learning philosophy that eliminates barriers and brings opportunities to participation and recognition of learning resources traditionally offered through formal education systems. With the development of web technologies, learning resources become accessible online through formal and informal open education programs.
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Open Educational Resources in Africa: Opportunities, Pathways, and Challenges
This is a philosophy that aims to make education accessible to everyone in the world. There are not barriers to monetary costs and outdated and obsolete materials.
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A Preliminary Look at the Development on Websites of Higher Education Institutions
Teaching and learning in which knowledge, ideas, resources, aspects of teaching methodology, or infrastructure are shared freely over the internet.
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Technology-Enabled Innovation for Academic Transformation in Higher Education
Free and open learning that is often in the MOOC (massive open online course) format, provided by top postsecondary institutions and leaders of businesses and industries.
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The Role of Open Educational Resources (OERs) in the Future of Online Learning
A term that based on openness, technology and free share of knowledge in education.
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