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Opening up Education: The Collective Advancement of Education through Open Technology, Open Content, and Open Knowledge


reviewed by Anthony Cocciolo December 05, 2008

coverTitle: Opening up Education: The Collective Advancement of Education through Open Technology, Open Content, and Open Knowledge
Author(s): Toru Iiyoshi and M. S. Vijay Kumar (Eds.)
Publisher: MIT Press, Cambridge
ISBN: 0262033712, Pages: 500, Year: 2008
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Opening Up Education is a large edited volume with 30 articles by 38 authors. It is fully available online and in print. The editors asked the contributors to reflect on the framing question, “How can we take full advantage of open educational, technology, content, and knowledge to create opportunities to improve the quality of education?” Although the “open” in “open education technology, content, and knowledge” has several connotations, the word mostly denotes that the technology, content, and knowledge (or some combination thereof) is available for free over the Internet. And by “education,” the authors are specifically referring to higher education (as opposed to K-12 education). The book is framed by the notion that a “confluence of events is creating a perfect storm for significantly enhancing education,” as evidenced by the “growing inventory of openly available educational tools and resources, and with an increasingly engaged and connected community” (p. 2). The... (preview truncated at 150 words.)


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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record, Date Published: December 05, 2008
http://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 15458, Date Accessed: 10/19/2017 6:05:35 PM

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  • Anthony Cocciolo
    Teachers College, Columbia University
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    ANTHONY COCCIOLO is a doctoral candidate in the Communication, Computing and Technology in Education program at Teachers College, Columbia University. He is also the Head of Technology for the EdLab and the Gottesman Libraries at Teachers College. His research focuses on the relationship between emerging information and communications technologies and opportunities for enhancing learning and community development. You can visit his website at http://www.thinkingprojects.org.
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