Open Education

Open Education

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.