“If you hold a cat by the tail you learn things you cannot learn any other way.”
ABSTRACT: This document is an introduction to Open Learning. It examines briefly what "Open" means and the different facets of the open movement and what "Learning" means and how it is different for every person. Attention is brought to the issue of the digital divide and ways to reduce or eliminate barriers to education. We look at how to get started with Open Learning if you are fortunate enough to have access to the technologies, and possible ways of obtaining access if you don't. We then go over how to map out a personalized learning strategy that works for you. The core of the document goes over many of the different types of Open Learning resources available, and possible ways to organize and structure your learning. We will also looks at the issue of accreditation and how to receive recognition for your learning in a way that allows you to demonstrate your newly acquired skills. Finally, it finishes with ideas on how to start solo or collaborative projects as well as possible ways to get them funded.
There is a large collection of Open Learning resources at the end of this guide.
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What is Open?
What is Open Learning and Open Education?
What are Open Educational Resources?
What is Open Data?
What is Open Policy?
What is Open Access?
What is an Open License?
What is Open Source?
What is Learning?
The Science of Learning
Experience and Necessity
Getting Started with Open Learning
The Digital Divide
Mapping Out Your Personal Learning Strategy
Clearly Define Your Task
Engaging in Open Learning