Open Learning and The Simple Path to Career Success
The world is changing and everything around us is evolving as well. The technology we are enjoying now is evidently more advanced than that which existed 20 years ago. This evolution has afforded us with means of a much-needed progression within the educational system. The need for providing a more robust and effective education system led to the introduction of what is called open learning.
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What is Open Learning?
Open learning was introduced in the 1970s as an innovative movement in education to broaden the learning experience beyond the constrained formal schooling system with the goal of allowing more access to education. It is a philosophy which makes learning more client and student centered. Open learning allows the learner, as opposed to the school, to choose how to learn, when to learn, where to learn and what to learn.
Flexibility of Open Learning
Here, education is made more available, allowing anyone the opportunity to start the path to higher education. At the same time, the learning experience is more flexible in the sense of course/subject entry and exit times, the mode of learning and attendance (online or face to face), and the resources made available for learning as there is access to all kinds of information both on the web as well as through traditional means like books and texts.
When we say open learning, many of us think of MOOCs or Massive open online courses that are free online courses provided to an unlimited number of students. It gives students the flexibility to study whenever they’re available; students have the choice to study during the day or at night. They can also juggle between learning and working if they prefer because this learning experience is mostly based on their dedication and desire. Some MOOCs are also self-paced, which means that there’s no deadline to completing a course and it is totally up to the student to finish the course at their leisure.
Open Educational Resources
Open learning also avails the utilization of open educational resources. From courseware and learning modules, textbooks and online videos to access to journals and online tutorials. This enables students to receive high quality higher education at little or no cost by utilizing educational content that are under an open license that permits access, use, adaptation by others with limited restrictions because there will always be some some text or another that the student may need to pay for in order to access. Still, the beauty of the web and public libraries is that they will provide the student with the alternative. And as we know, the internet allows us to access sources from any destination in the world.
Many universities have made distance learning available to students around the world. Universities around the world turned to this as a result of the travel restrictions the world is suffering since the COVID-19 pandemic that hit earlier in 2020. Below, we list a few universities that offer online learning to students with a wide variety of courses and subjects.
- UCAM University – Spain
- University of Essex – UK
- University of Liverpool – UK
- Griffith University – Australia
- University of Birmingham – UK
Students who opt for open learning enjoy more benefits than those who enroll in formal education institutes. Apart from the flexibility of choosing and attending courses, most open learning institutes require less when it comes to admissions requirements. All students are welcome to choose a course of study and attend regardless of education background or work experience.
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