Opening up Education: A Support Framework for Higher Education Institutions

Andreia Inamorato dos Santos;Yves Punie;Jonatan Castaño Muñoz, European Commission Joint Research Centre, Aug 10, 2016
Commentary by Stephen Downes

This publication (78 page PDF) is the "final outcome of the OpenEdu project". The document rolls up results from a number of studies, including MOOCknowledge, OpenCred, and OpenSurvey. The framework "identifies 10 dimensions of open education, giving a rationale and descriptors for each. Here's the list: access, content, pedagogy, recognition, collaboration, research, strategy, technology, quality and leadership. The first six are "core" dimensions, focusing on the 'what', while the latter four are "transversal" dimensions and focus on the 'how'. Each dimension can be refined firther; for example, "Quality in open education refers to the convergence of the 5 concepts of quality (efficacy, impact, availability, accuracy and excellence) with an institution's open education offer and opportunities." That said, the report (widely) does not offer a strategic plan for openness. "There is no consensus on what opening up education means and hence little common ground on which to build collaboration," write the authors.

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