Amid the hype about open education disrupting the status quo of higher education, school-level teachers and learners have been assiduously creating, using, and sharing open educational resources for years.
Michael Shaw, Director of TES Pro from the Times Educational Supplement (TES), wrote a chapter in the recent ELIG/UNU book Openness and Education. He spoke with Open Education Europa about the need to recognize and include primary and secondary education in the open education movement.
“When I started writing the chapter for ELIG, I had no idea how angry I would get!” Shaw said. He pointed out that a lot of the discussion on open education is all about higher education, which does not do justice to the importance of school-level materials and educators. “Some of the school-level websites like TES Connect and the Khan Academy have as good engagement, if not better, than the university level platforms.”
TES Connect has almost 3 million registered users and over 700,000 free resources. In comparison, popular MOOC platform Coursera has just over 2 million members and iTunesU has over 500,000 resources. TES partners with Khan Academy, another pioneer in open education at the school level that records higher user figures than many of the major university-level open education websites.
TES Connect originated as a discussion forum for teachers on the TES magazine’s website. Many teachers used the forum to share materials, so a file-sharing platform was added to the website. The “Resource Bank” proved to be so popular that it was relaunched in 2008 as TES Connect with additional functionality for teachers to rate and comment on resources, along with social networking tools.
Shaw emphasized that open education is more than offering conventional closed education for free. “Wiley talked about the four elements of openness, two of them being remixing and reusing, and that’s what teachers on TES are doing.” Teachers using the platform can comment on content created by other teachers and suggest improvements. Even better, they can download the content, change it themselves, and then upload it again.
“Material is being shared by the teachers,” said Shaw. This type of collective knowledge creation and sharing is at the heart of open education, and it is a valuable approach to teachers and learners at any level.
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