Today’s workshop involved looking at some of the different definitions of ‘openness’ in the context of open learning and Open Educational Resources (OER). We worked in small groups, each reading one of the three different definitions given in the OER course before interviewing the other. I was assigned the definition of open education given by UNESCO, which states that any media, digital or another form of teaching, learning and research materials can be made open and distributed under licence. UNESCO also mentioned the significance of knowledge sharing organisations for open education. It also suggests that they are allowed to access, use, adapt and redistribute free of charge and without restrictions.

The MOOC Open Learning, for example, is doing more to reinvent and re-imagine education. It also offers courses in a range of disciplines, and they award professional certificates in addition to fully reproducible master’s degrees. These are flexible and affordable educational opportunities.