Students, Universities and Open Education: Final report 2016

Sandra Wills, Shirley Alexander, David Sadler

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    Abstract

    Australia has a long history in distance education both as an early pioneer and in delivery at scale. However, the authors believe that we now lag the rest of the world in fostering Open Education and use of Open Educational Resources. This is an anachronism in the context of a higher education sector and an overall economy that has moved decisively into a digital plane. Open Education is the adoption of practices that support the (re)use and production of open education resources (OER) through institutional policies, promote innovative pedagogical models, and respect and empower learners as co‐producers on their lifelong learning path.The benefits of Open Education for Australia include:⋅ economies of scale through collaborative co-production of learning resources;⋅ opportunity to raise quality of learning at decreased time and financial cost;⋅ provision of learning materials that are richer, and more appropriate to the contexts and styles of learning of an increasingly diverse student community;⋅ opportunity to provide learning to disadvantaged communities globally and to the remote and regional areas of Australia;⋅ promote greater collaboration between Universities in fostering peer review and collegial development of learning materials;⋅ greater levels of transparency into the teaching process.Open Education can play an important role in positioning Australian higher education on the global stage through showcasing the expertise contained within our Universities.
    Original languageEnglish
    Place of PublicationAustralia
    PublisherOpenEdOz
    Commissioning bodyOffice for Learning and Teaching
    Number of pages62
    ISBN (Electronic) 978-1-76051-018-3
    ISBN (Print)978-1-76051-017-6
    Publication statusPublished - 2016

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