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Opening Up Education: The Collective Advancement of Education through Open Technology, Open Content, and Open Knowledge Hardcover – September 5, 2008

ISBN-13: 978-0262033718 ISBN-10: 0262033712

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  • Hardcover: 500 pages
  • Publisher: The MIT Press (September 5, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0262033712
  • ISBN-13: 978-0262033718
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 1 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.9 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,553,202 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"This important volume brings together the thoughts of many educators, technologists, philanthropists, and legal scholars who are among the leaders of the Openness movement in education. Reading it is essential for anyone who believes that education is an important, empowering, and democratizing force in the modern world, and that substantial economic efficiencies could be garnered by sharing educational content and scholarly materials at minimal cost through the World Wide Web."--Charles M. Vest, President Emeritus, MIT

(Charles Vest)

"This book is probably the most comprehensive collection of writings to date on the open education movement. It paints a picture of numerous experiments and roads started upon in an arena that is still in its infancy but which offers many major possibilities for transformation of education. Where these roads lead and which are most fertile are still unanswerable questions. But there is no better starting point than this book."--C. Judson King, Director, Center for Studies in Higher Education,University of California, Berkeley

(C. Judson King)

"This is a very welcome and timely publication.... Although it seems paradoxical, the opening up of education is a bold approach, and one that will challenge the status quo and destabilize educational models, institutions, those who make them work, and who work within them. However, creating a culture of learning... is essential in emerging knowledge societies. The three sections of the book put forward much to consider,illuminate many issues and, in the end challenge the reader to consider thepossibility and the implications of open [education]. There is a wide rangeof voices from the community of those convinced that open is preferable toclosed." --Susan D'Antoni, Director, Virtual Institute of the UNESCO InternationalInstitute for Educational Planning



"Whether we realize it or not, improving the cost and scale of quality education is the challenge that underlies all other challenges to the human race. The significance of this groundbreaking book is that it elucidates new business models and technologies that are needed to support educators worldwide in creating the breakthroughs needed." --Robert Abel, CEO, IMS Global Learning Consortium

(Robert Abel)

"For anyone interested in the openness movement or in changes to the educational system, Opening Up Education is worth perusing. The book is freely available online with links to individual chapters, making it easy to cite and share." Jean-Claude Bradley Nature



"This book is probably the most comprehensive collection of writings to date on the open education movement. It paints a picture of numerous experiments and roads started upon in an arena that is still in its infancy but which offers many major possibilities for transformation of education. Where these roads lead and which are most fertile are still unanswerable questions. But there is no better starting point than this book."C. Judson King , Director, Center for Studies in Higher Education, University of California, Berkeley



"This exceptionally engaging book interprets Open Educational Resources through references that range from King Lear to YouTube. By presenting the OER movement in all its glorious confusion and rich variety it compels the reader to help it grow from "robust early adolescence" to adulthood. It challenges the developing world to appropriate this most promising innovation for the purposes of mass formal education instead of letting it under-perform as merely a mechanism for the educated elite to facilitate informal learning by the less fortunate."Sir John Daniel , President & CEO, Commonwealth of Learning



"This important volume brings together the thoughts of many educators, technologists, philanthropists, and scholars who are among the leaders of the Openness movement in education. Reading it is essential for anyone who believes that education is an important, empowering, and democratizing force in the modern world, and that substantial economic efficiencies could be garnered by sharing educational content and scholarly materials at minimal cost through the World Wide Web."Charles M. Vest , President Emeritus, MIT



"This is a very welcome and timely publication.... Although it seems paradoxical, the opening up of education is a bold approach, and one that will challenge the status quo and destabilize educational models, institutions, those who make them work, and who work within them. However, creating a culture of learning... is essential in emerging knowledge societies. The three sections of the book put forward much to consider, illuminate many issues and, in the end challenge the reader to consider the possibility and the implications of open [education]. There is a wide range of voices from the community of those convinced that open is preferable to closed."Susan D"Antoni , Director, Virtual Institute of the UNESCO International Institute for Educational Planning



"Whether we realize it or not, improving the cost and scale of quality education is the challenge that underlies all other challenges to the human race. The significance of this groundbreaking book is that it elucidates new business models and technologies that are needed to support educators worldwide in creating the breakthroughs needed."Robert Abel , CEO, IMS Global Learning Consortium

About the Author

Toru Iiyoshi is Senior Scholar and Director of the Knowledge Media Lab at the Carnegie Foundation.

John Seely Brown is Former Chief Scientist, Xerox Corp and former director of its Palo Alto Research Center (PARC), and co-author of The Social Life of Information.

More About the Author

John Seely Brown (JSB) is a visiting scholar and advisor to the Provost at University of Southern California (USC) and the Independent Co-Chairman of the Deloitte's Center for the Edge. Prior to that he was the Chief Scientist of Xerox Corporation and the director of its Palo Alto Research Center (PARC)--a position he held for nearly two decades. He was a cofounder of the Institute for Research on Learning (IRL). He is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and the National Academy of Education.

JSB is an avid reader, traveler and motorcyclist. Part scientist, part artist and part strategist, his views are unique and distinguished by a broad view of the human contexts in which technologies operate and a healthy skepticism about whether or not change always represents genuine progress.

His unofficial title has become Chief of Confusion focusing on helping people ask the right questions and make sense out of a constantly changing world.

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This edited book provides an excellent starting point for understanding open education. Through a collection of stories from leaders of this dynamic movement, the reader gets an insiders view of the practical and theoretical issues that have influenced the growth of this phenomenon in the complex world of education.
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