The definition of Open Education and the ways it can be achieved have expanded over time since when The Open University was founded in 1969, and when the Institute of Educational Technology was founded in 1970. Now encompassing the specialities of Open Educational Resources (OER), MOOCs, open access publishing and open educational practice, the IET lead in the developing, establishing and promoting new open practices.
Established with a history of expertise in content sharing, open licensing, and developing methods for open collaboration, the IET’s research covers the impact of open education on learners, teachers and educators across society. As Open Education has grown in mainstream prominence in the past two decades, the IET has sought to answer questions of the most vital importance in education, industry and developing markets.
How can teaching be changed if students are given open textbooks and online resources which they can alter and add to?
What does it mean for an academic and their research to develop an online identity? How do universities adapt to providing content for free and recognising the learning that takes place informally?
These, and many more, are the types of questions we are interested in answering. The impacts extend throughout and beyond universities, with public engagement and awareness being vital for societal issues such as health, economics, jobs and education.