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The Cape Town Open Education declaration

Open education, open resources, open courseware, open content and so on, is something that I believe very strongly in.  Without going into much detail, I think it’s important that those of us who can and who have, do something positive for those who can’t and who don’t.

The Cape Town Open Education declaration is exactly what it says, a declaration of intent to pursue and promote the following three strategies (my paraphrasing):

  1. Encourage educators and learners to create, use, adapt and improve existing open educational resources.
  2. Call on educational authorities to release their resources openly.
  3. Encourage policy makers to highlight and prioritise open education.

Go to the site, read what it has to say, do your own research into the pros and cons of open education and then consider what you can do, either as an educator or a student, to positively impact the future of education.

Here’s the link:
http://www.capetowndeclaration.org/

By Michael Rowe

I'm a lecturer in the Department of Physiotherapy at the University of the Western Cape in Cape Town, South Africa. I'm interested in technology, education and healthcare and look for places where these things meet.