Opening Up Education: The Collective Advancement of Education through Open Technology, Open Content, and Open Knowledge
Edited by Toru Iiyoshi and M. S. Vijay Kumar, MIT Press, 2008
Opening Up Education, a collection of 30 essays by leaders in the “open” movement published by the MIT Press. A Creative Commons copy of the book can be downloaded from the MIT Press page at no cost thanks to support from the Carnegie Foundation. You can listen to an interview on the Educause Live! website with M. S. Vijay Kumar, Senior Associate Dean and Director, Office of Educational Innovation and Technology, MIT and the co-editor of Opening Up Education about the publication and the group that put it together. A summary of the presentation and link to listen to the interview: http://net.educause.edu/live0821
One article in the collection directly examines the technical and social aspects. V. Kumar also suggested that most current educational systems are based on an assumption of educational “scarcity” (of books, data, experts) whereas, it is his opinion that we are now facing an “abundance” of educational resources and this should change the way educators view their role. The book concludes with a series of recommendations that the editors and contributors hope will generate discussion in the greater community about making a significant difference in education around the world.