Open Education: International Perspectives in Higher Education - cover image


Patrick Blessinger; TJ Bliss;

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  • English

Print Length

378 pages (xxii + 356)


Paperback156 x 20 x 234 mm(6.14" x 0.78" x 9.21")
Hardback156 x 22 x 234 mm(6.14" x 0.88" x 9.21")


Paperback1174g (41.41oz)
Hardback1563g (55.13oz)



OCLC Number





  • JNQ
  • JNV
  • JNM
  • JNF


  • EDU041000


  • LC5803.C65


  • open education
  • democratisation
  • open technologies
  • open access
  • inclusion
  • social justice
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Open Education

International Perspectives in Higher Education

This insightful collection of essays explores the ways in which open education can democratise access to education for all. It is a rich resource that offers both research and case studies to relate the application of open technologies and approaches in education settings around the world.

Global in perspective, this book argues strongly for the value of open education in both the developed and developing worlds. Through a mixture of theoretical and practical approaches, it demonstrates that open education promotes ideals of inclusion, diversity, and social justice to achieve the vision of education as a fundamental human right.
A must-read for practitioners, policy-makers, scholars and students in the field of education.


Open Education provides a great mix of research and authentic application of "open" in education which is global in perspective. The contributions provide insightful evidence that open education as ecosystem is on the tipping point of crossing the chasm from sharing to learn to learning to share. This book is a must read for those who care about more sustainable education futures showing that open is a viable pathway to realising education as a fundamental human right.

Wayne Mackintosh

Founding Director of the OER Foundation and the OER Universitas

Table of Contents

Notes on Contributors


David Wiley


Patrick Blessinger and TJ Bliss

1. Introduction to Open Education: Towards a Human Rights Theory

Patrick Blessinger and TJ Bliss

2. Emancipation through Open Education: Rhetoric or Reality?

Andy Lane

3. Technology Strategies for Open Educational Resource Dissemination

Phil Barker and Lorna M. Campbell

4. Identifying Categories of Open Educational Resource Users

Martin Weller, Beatriz de los Arcos, Rob Farrow, Rebecca Pitt and Patrick McAndrew

5. Situated Learning in Open Communities: The TED Open Translation Project

Lidia Cámara de la Fuente and Anna Comas-Quinn

6. Educational Policy and Open Educational Practice in Australian Higher Education

Adrian Stagg and Carina Bossu

7. The Identified Informal Learner: Recognizing Assessed Learning in the Open

Patrina Law

8. Transformation of Teaching and Learning in Higher Education towards Open Learning Arenas: A Question of Quality

Ebba Ossiannilsson, Zehra Altinay, and Fahriye Altinay

9. Three Approaches to Open Textbook Development

Rajiv S. Jhangiani, Arthur G. Green, and John D. Belshaw

10. What Does It Mean to Open Education? Perspectives on Using Open Educational Resources at a US Public University

Linda Vanasupa, Amy Wiley, Lizabeth Schlemer, Dana Ospina, Peter Schwartz, Deborah Wilhelm, Catherine Waitinas and Kellie Hall

11. Expanding Access to Science Field-Based Research Techniques for Students at a Distance through Open Educational Resources

Audeliz Matias, Kevin Woo, and Nathan Whitley-Grassi

12. A Practitioner’s Guide to Open Educational Resources: A Case Study

Howard Miller

13. Open Assessment Resources for Deeper Learning

David Gibson, Dirk Ifenthaler, and Davor Orlic

14. Promoting Open Science and Research in Higher Education: A Finnish Perspective

Ilkka Väänänen and Kati Peltonen

15. Credentials for Open Learning: Scalability and Validity

Mika Hoffman and Ruth Olmsted

16. Open Education Practice at the University of Southern Queensland

Ken Udas, Helen Partridge and Adrian Stagg



Patrick Blessinger

Associate Professor in the School of Education at St. John’s University

TJ Bliss

Program Officer in the Education Program at The Hewlett Foundation