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Revolutionizing Education through Innovation: Can Openness Transform Teaching and Learning?


"The need for educational access and greater effectiveness in teaching and learning is staggering. Today, there are over 30 million people qualified to enter university but denied access due to the restricted seat numbers and restricted finances. In the next 10 years, the number of potential students who will be denied access will grow to 100 million (Daniels, 2007). A major university would have to be created each week, starting now, to meet this overwhelming demand. We need to rethink the traditional notions of where, when, and how people learn. Learning will continue within traditional structures, but it could also be more widely available through new emerging models. Can the simple but powerful notion of combining no cost high quality content with the reach of the Web fundamentally shape these emerging models and change teaching and learning? That transformation is possible, though yet untested. "

NOTE: This is Chapter 17 from the book, 'Opening Up Education: The Collective Advancement of Education through Open Technology, Open Content, and Open Knowledge.'