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Much of the work of JISC CETIS is underpinned by the principle of openness.

"Openness means ensuring that there is little or no barrier to access for anyone who can contribute to a particular development or use its output." Wilbert Kraan, JISC CETIS Assistant Director.

The Centre promotes various aspects of openness including:

1. open development processes and governance models for interoperability specifications and standards (open standards); 2. open access to standards documents, educational content, educational tools and widgets, and educational applications of Linked Data and the Semantic Web (open educational resources, open administrative data, open assessment); 3. openness of educational communities of practice and interest.

Further discussion of openness can be found in the OER briefing paper 2008 by Li Yuan, Sheila MacNeill and Wilbert Kraan.

This new topic (2011) pulls together some of the current discussions around openness, its advantages and drawbacks. Open Educational Resources is a related topic.


04 Jul 2013 Lorna M. Campbell
“Open Policies can develop Scotland’s unique education offering, support social inclusion and inter-institutional collaboration and sharing and enhance quality and sustainability.” This was the starting point for discussions at the Open Scotland Summit at the National Museum of Scotland in Edinburgh, which brought together senior representatives from a wide range of Scottish education institutions, organisations […]
Open Educational Resources Open
29 Jan 2013 Lorna M. Campbell
Do open access and open education need to work together more? That was the question posed by Pat Lockley and discussed on twitter on Friday evening by a group of open education folks using the hashtag #chatopen. Open access in this instance was taken to refer to open access repositories of peer-reviewed papers and [...]
Open Educational Resources Resource Management Open
08 Nov 2012 Adam's Workblog
A little bit of text mining on a fairly large number of blogs with an educational technology (or technology enhanced learning…) makes a neat set of snapshots on “open …”. Considering the words following “open” from January 2009 to the end of October 2012 shows the following distribution (where words with a relative frequency of […]
24 Oct 2012 Sheila MacNeill
Last week, David Kernohan and myself attended three conferences in North America, all with a common underlying theme of open. But, as many of us know, there are many types/flavours/definitions of open in education today. This post tries to make sense of some of the common themes across the week. The Ithaka Sustainable Scholarly Research […]
Open Educational Resources Open
08 Mar 2012 Phil Barker
It’s open education week, lots of interesting events are happening and lots of reflections being made on what open education means. One set of reflections that caught my eye was a trio of posts from Jisc programme managers David, Amber and Lawrie: three personal attempts to draw a picture of the open education space to [...]
Open Educational Resources Open

Open Events

Past Events

Open Scotland
Date: 27 Jun 2013

Open Resources

Open Educational Resources – Opportunities and Challenges for Higher Education
Date: Sep 2008
Open Educational Resources- Opportunities and Challengers for Higher Education. A briefing Paper by Li Yuan, Sheila MacNeil and Wilbert Kraan

Open Publications

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