Improving access

Open Education models lead to more equitable access to education, serving a broader base of learners than traditional education (OER widen participation in education)

Summary: There is mixed evidence relating to this hypothesis. Many OER and MOOC users tend to have existing higher education qualifications, suggesting they are best suited to experienced learners. Some projects are reporting broader demographics, and open textbooks are encouraging students to read core texts in greater numbers. It appears that open educational resources and open education models do not guarantee widened access to education but, all the same, we are uncovering evidence that they increase educational inclusion for some formal and informal learners.

Sector Breakdown (-ve)

CollegeHigher EducationInformalSchool-K12

Balance of Evidence
College Higher Educ... Informal School-K12

Sector Breakdown (+ve)

CollegeHigher EducationInformalSchool-K12

Geographical Report
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Evidence flow - World
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Key Questions
  • Can OER improve access to education?
  • How does the profile of OER users compare with learners in traditional contexts?