Online Learning Update

February 27, 2012

Open sesame! Taking university education to the world via online learning

Filed under: Online Learning News — Ray Schroeder @ 12:01 am

 by the Conversation

The word “open” has grown educational wings over the past decade. From the British Open University, which enrolled its first students in 1971, the concept has expanded to mean various ways of relaxing the traditional barriers to entry, study and success in higher education. So what does it mean to be open? There are four ways of being open:

  • location: you can study anywhere; you don’t have to be on campus
  • time: you can study at any time; you don’t have to be in a scheduled class
  • entry: you don’t have to have special qualifications to gain entry
  • fees: you don’t pay

But there have been three key limitations on open education:

  • do you get feedback and evaluation?
  • do you get certification for finishing a subject?
  • can you use your education to get a degree?

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