Denis Saulnier & Open Education

Denis Saulnier shares a lengthy overview of his take on “Open Education.” Terrific material:

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Open Education

I’m currently enrolled in a hybrid classroom/online course called Open Education Practice and Potential in Harvard University’s Division of Continuing Education.  The course is taught by Vijay Kumar, Senior Associate Dean and Director of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s (MIT) Office of Educational Innovation and Technology (bio) and Brandon Muramatsu, Senior IT Consultant in the same MIT office.  Both are incredibly accomplished learning technologists dedicated to the “Open Education” movement — a movement aimed at improving education access and quality by enabling educators to develop, use, re-use, and share digital learning resources.  Although the class isn’t over yet and I’m by no means fully educated on this expansive topic, I thought I’d make an attempt to describe this movement and detail just a few of its components that challenge the conventional educational content landscape.

Here are the sections of this article:

  • The Basic Premise

  • Brief History of the Open Movement

  • Open Content Repositories

  • Component: Access

  • Component: Sharing/Re-mixing

  • Component: Technology

  • Open in Practice

  • Additional Resources


This movement and OER in general have been escalated to a new level this year with the introduction by the Department of Education of a $2 billion via the Trade Adjustment Assistance Community College and Career Training (TAACCT) grants program, which openly calls for the development of open educational resources (more here).



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