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, activities, pictures, songs, etc. that have been created to do just that – expand knowledge. Their authors have placed them on the internet for free to anyone to use, adapt, change. You can take several and put them together into a study guide, or even a course. Or you could take an open image and edit it to create some new and exciting work. The possibilities for customization are endless.
These resources also have another important benefit – they are entirely free.
Thomas Edison State College has always believed that it doesn’t matter where you learned something, as long as you can demonstrate that you know it. This belief is the foundation of many of the programs we have here (TECEP, Portfolio). OER give you the opportunity to learn college-level materials outside of the classroom without having to pay a cent. Then it’s simply a matter of using the programs detailed above to demonstrate that you have learned something.
How Can I Use Open Educational Resources?
There are a number of ways you can use OER to help you work towards your degree.
- First off, we have developed an entire degree program that relies on OER. Click here to find out more about our Open Course Option Associates of Science in Business Administration.
- If you’re not interested in the ASBA, here is a list of all the courses you can take through the Open Course Option that may apply towards 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 PLA100 – Introduction to Prior Learning Assessment, Open PLA200 – Introduction to Portfolio Development, or Open PHI103 – Critical Reasoning courses.