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Open Education Week 2017

Updated Friday 31st March 2017

Open Education Week, 27–31 March 2017, raises awareness of the global open education movement.

Open Education Week 2017 logo Creative commons image Icon Open Education Consortium under Creative Commons BY 4.0 license Open Education Week is a celebration of the global open education movement. Its goal is to raise awareness about the movement and its impact on teaching and learning worldwide.

This year, the event runs from 27–31 March. Read more on the Open Education Week website.

Some of the ways we're involved in open education

Here at OpenLearn we're proud of our commitment to and involvement in the global education movement. You can read about the OU's commitment to free learning. We have 900 free courses on OpenLearn, as well as a great deal more.

We have collections of Skills for work courses aimed at those who need to enhance their work skills but can't commit to full-time study, and courses focusing on Skills for study, which help to refresh key study skills which might not have been used for a while.

We're committed to providing learners with recognition for their learning. On all our free courses, we offer learners a free statement of participation if they complete the course. Furthermore, on OpenLearn there are a number of badged open courses, which are more rigorously assessed, and for which learners can earn a free digital badge. Our badged courses combine the openness of the open badge, and the use of Moodle (open source) to develop openly licenced, free and open courses.

OpenLearn Cymru is a Moodle platform hosting OER in both English and Welsh.

We've pulled together our own experiences of creating free courses and have produced the free course How to create an open online course. It's aimed at anyone who wants to gain the skills and knowledge to design, structure and produce their own open online course. We also offer a place to host your own course (for free!) on OpenLearn Create.

You might be interested in visiting the website of the OEPS project, which celebrates open educational practices in Scotland.

Follow on social media

You can see the latest news about the Open Education Week and help spread the word by following along on Twitter, Facebook or YouTube. Why not also follow us on Twitter?

 

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