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.
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- Can OER improve access to education?
- How does the profile of OER users compare with learners in traditional contexts?
- Poor uptake of open textbooks in Washington community colleges
- OpenLearn Users: 46% of Learners Have Higher Education Qualifications
- MOOC students are educated, employed, and male
- University of Pennsylvania survey reveals that majority of MOOC participants have college degrees
- Offer of university credit for MOOC course has no takers
- University of Pennsylvania survey reveals that majority of MOOC participants have college degrees - 3798 Views
- MOOC students are educated, employed, and male - 3416 Views
- MOOC tend to be taken by the educated - 1722 Views
- OCW accessed by a broadly international population of educators and learners - 1631 Views
- Poor uptake of open textbooks in Washington community colleges - 1546 Views