So what is Open Education?
Open education is the idea that human knowledge can only grow through free sharing and collaboration. Open educational resources (OER) are textbooks, videos, courses and other activities that have been created to expand knowledge and are available to the general public via the internet at not cost. Open educational resources can be arranged together to create a study guide or even a course. The possibilities for customization are vast.
As a national leader in the assessment of prior learning, Thomas Edison State College places value on whether a student possesses college-level knowledge, not how they acquired that knowledge. This belief is the foundation of our Prior Learning Assessment program, including TECEP® exams and Portfolio Assessment. Open educational resources give you the opportunity to learn college-level materials outside of the classroom without having to pay tuition. Students who use open courses and other open resources will incur costs to complete the assessments required to demonstrate they have the knowledge needed to earn credit.
How Can I Use Open Educational Resources?
There are a number of ways you can use open educational resources to help you work toward your degree.
- First off, we have developed an entire degree program that relies on open educational resources. Click here to find out more about our Open Course Option for the Associate in Science in Business Administration (ASBA).
- In addition to the ASBA, here is a list of all the courses you can take through the Open Course Option that may apply toward your degree.
- We have developed a list of free and open resources that can help you prepare for our TECEP® exams.
- If you are interested in finding your own open educational resources for self-study or to prepare for a prior learning assessment, here is a list of places to look for Open Educational Resources.
- Interested in checking out what an open course looks like? Check out our Open PLA-100: Introduction to Prior Learning Assessment, Open PLA-200: Introduction to Portfolio Development, or Open PHI-130: Critical Reasoning courses.