Tertiary Education: How Open?

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2011-05-20
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Daniel, John
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Commonwealth of Learning (COL)
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Commonwealth of Learning, Public Lecture, Ebene CyberCity, Mauritius, 20 May 2011, Tertiary Education: How Open? Sir John Daniel, Commonwealth of Learning // Last year I published a book about this phenomenon last year called, Mega-Schools, Technology and Teachers: Achieving Education for All, I pointed out that open schooling can be a most useful complement to a national education system if it is integrated with the other elements of that system. It can help to break down the often unhelpful distinction between formal and non-formal education, it can throw a bridge between knowledge acquisition and skills development, and reduce the educational inequalities which are a growing problem in most countries. // In summary, I argue that an open school can be a vital component of a 21st century educational ecosystem because it strengthens its capacity to adapt to the future. Not least, open schooling can provide some people with a good bridge to tertiary education. I am delighted to learn, therefore, that the Mauritius Open University, which is about to become a reality after seven years of discussion and planning, will include an open schooling unit. // What else can we do to open up tertiary education? In the days when gate-keeping was a major function of education, entry to tertiary education was closely controlled and provided free to those who squeezed through the gate. Now countries aim to have half of their citizens engage in tertiary education at some time in their lives, and since no country can afford to support such wide participation from public funds alone, costs are being shared between the state, the employers, and the individuals who benefit.
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Open Schooling, Higher Education, Open Educational Resources (OER)
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Mauritius
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Africa
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