Open EdOpen Education is an emerging trend in higher education and one that we are excited about. The genesis of open education is in the open source movement in technology; one innovation available to the whole community that can be implemented and improved upon by others. Moodle, our learning management system, is open source.
In addition to open source software, Open Ed impacts in higher education include open educational resources. Open Educational Resources (OER) is best defined by Downes (2007):
"Open educational resources are materials used to support education that may be freely accessed, reused, modified and shared by anyone"
One type of OER is open textbooks. BC Campus is considered a global leader in this area and has 90 reviewed textbooks available for download, free of charge.
To learn more about open textbooks and why use them please watch this engaging keynote by Dr. Rajiv Jhangiani, a Psychology Professor at Kwantlen Polytechnic University.
For a Open Textbooks 101, please click here for a power point presentation on this topic at Roundabout 2015.
Watch this space for more exciting information about Open Ed.