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 is 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. Find out more about our Open Course Option Associates of Science in Business Administration.
- If you are not interested in the ASBA, here is a list of all the courses you can take through the standard 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.
We created a list of places to look for Open Educational Resources for your own self-study, to prepare for a Portfolio Assessment, or to supplement your work in your online courses.