What is Open Education?
Open education is a collective term which describes institutional practices and program initiatives that give greater access to the learning and training traditionally offered through formal education systems. It can mean sharing in the following ways:
- scholarly research (open access)
- teaching and learning materials (open educational resources)
- tools or computer code (open source)
- access to some classes (open courses)
What is the purpose of Open Education?
The purpose of open education is to eliminate barriers that can preclude both opportunities and recognition for participation in institution-based learning.
How to use Open Education
The Preceptor Education Program (PEP) at Western is an example of an open education course. Students can create their own account and password and join the site. Clinical instructors and students can work through a set of modules following which they can complete a quiz and obtain a certificate.