Group Four: Open Access Wiki Notes

52620679_91acfc686b_t.jpg Access to high-quality education for all, and the role of open content in providing such access.
If high-quality education is to be available for all, it must be affordable and easy to access. One practice that can support this is the use of open content. Open content is any material that is licensed in such a way as to facilitate its reproduction and use. In education, open content offers alternatives to expensive textbooks and enables collaborative construction of learning materials. Open content resources can be accessed freely and can often be updated or edited by the user community, ensuring that the resources remain current as new information is found.

Please consider any five of the following questions as you explore the theme of open content and its role in access to education for all:

Assumptions: Our global university targets learners from all over the world, bringing together scholars and students to explore and construct knowledge.


1. Who are the producers of the educational and learning RESOURCES? Who maintains RESOURCES once they are produced?


Content implies static -- learner-centered

This question is very closely tied to the personal learning theme.

Quality defined:
    • Not being self-referential
    • Engagement(accessible and motivating to the learner)
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2. What are the implications for traditional academic practices like admissions, outreach, skills assessment, and so on?

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3. What else is needed to support access to education for all besides content?

An environment must be provided for students or learners to help them understand their motivation, define their needs,and manage their own learning while engaging with experts or mentors to help them define their path and engage with the right people and activities.


4. How can success be measured?

The university will favor assessment in a demonstration of knowledge by doing.

5. What are the unique implications for the K-12 level? the postsecondary level? for lifelong or independent learners?

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6. What are the policy implications?

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7. What are some promising examples? (please list URLs if possible)

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8. What are some of the roadblocks?

How do we ensure ยจ"Access for Everyone"?



Action Steps

List the top three to five action steps that could be taken right now towards implementing this idea. Which people or organization(s) might be able to take each action?

1. Create interdisciplinary international university leadership team that takes risk

2. Learner-centered environment needs to be fostered that will bring the learners together with university experts and resources.
3.Cultural steps need to be taken to remove barriers to education and perceptions on learning (address issues of motivation and engagement)