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Policy Recommendations for Opening Up Education

Open education is an umbrella term under which different understandings of open education can be accommodated. It goes beyond open educational resources (OER) and open research outputs to embrace strategic decisions, teaching methods, collaborations between individuals and institutions, recognition of non-formal learning and different ways of making content available.

Open education is a way of carrying out education, often using digital technologies. Its aim is to widen access and participation to everyone by removing barriers and making learning accessible, abundant, and customisable for all.

It offers multiple ways of teaching and learning, building and sharing knowledge. It also provides a variety of access routes to formal and non-formal education, and connects the two.

Stakeholders must explore ways in which to support opening up education. Dialogue must be sought to form a common vision for opening up education in Europe. OpenEdu Policies is a project running from January 2016 to March 2017 aiming to scope, refine and propose policies on opening up education for both policy makers in Member States and at European level.

The policies proposed will cover the 10 dimensions of open education and will be based on the OpenEdu framework for openness in higher education (Forthcoming JRC report: Opening up Education: A Support Framework for Higher Education Institutions).

Graph representing the 10 dimensions of open education as per the OpenEdu framework