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Open Educational Resources: Enabling universal education
Posted on 10 February 2012 by Shahril Effendi Bin Ibrahim (Senior Librarian)
Authorship Details
Tom Caswell
David Wiley
Shelley Henson
Marion Jensen
Publication Details
Resource Type: 
Article
Publication Date: 
2008
Publication Title: 
The International Review and Research in Open & Distance Learning (IRRODL)
Volume: 
9
Issue or Number: 
1
ISBN / ISSN: 
1492-3831
Summary

The role of distance education is shifting. Traditionally distance education was limited in the number of people served because of production, reproduction, and distribution costs. Today, while it still costs the university time and money to produce a course, technology has made it such that reproduction costs are almost non-existent. This shift has significant implications, and allows distance educators to play an important role in the fulfillment of the promise of the right to universal education. At little or no cost, universities can make their content available to millions. This content has the potential to substantially improve the quality of life of learners around the world. New distance education technologies, such as OpenCourseWares, act as enablers to achieving the universal right to education. These technologies, and the associated changes in the cost of providing access to education, change distance education's role from one of classroom alternative to one of social transformer. (Abstarct by authors)

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