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Opening Up Education: The Collective Advancement of Education through Open Technology, Open Content, and Open Knowledge

Friday, October 17, 2008

Abstract

EDUCAUSE Live! welcomes MIT’s M. S. Vijay Kumar, the editor of Opening Up Education: The Collective Advancement of Education through Open Technology, Open Content, and Open Knowledge. Published by the MIT Press and the Carnegie Foundation, the book is a collection of 30 essays written by leaders in the open education movement. Kumar will discuss how open access can transform education, and what the book’s contributors and their research can teach us. According to Kumar, "a look at the landscape tells us that efforts with open education so far have been largely confined to attempts at improving what we already do. While this is certainly valid, we encourage consideration of approaches that transcend traditional practices, organizations, disciplines, and audiences."

Opening Up Education argues that we must develop not only the technical capability but also the intellectual capacity for transforming tacit pedagogical knowledge into commonly usable and visible knowledge: that a fresh perspective on resources and relationships available to education is required to enhance our readiness to take advantage of the opportunity presented by open education.

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