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New FREE UNU Book: ‘The Why and How of Open Education - With lessons from the openSE and openED Projects’

This UNU Book on ‘The Why and How of Open Education’ is an introduction to Open Education (OE), giving practical guidance on the design and delivery of OE courses while wrestling with theoretical considerations of this new and emerging domain. Educators are the main targets, but it will also be relevant to policy makers, senior education managers and the learning industry as a whole.

The book draws from three sources: first from well-established online learning ecosystems, including Open Source Software communities; second from existing Open Courses in traditional formal education and related design models such as the Meta-design framework (Fischer, 2007); and third from EU funded research and pilot projects: FLOSSCom (2006-2008), openSE (2009-2011) and openED (2009-2012). This piloting work enabled a thorough analysis and modification of assumptions that emerged from sources one and two.

The first chapter provides a brief introduction to the OE field, addressing the question: ‘Why Open Education?’. The second chapter presents cases from the openSE and openED projects on how OE might look in practice. Sustainability is as important for OE as for traditional formal education, so before joining any kind of OE venture it is important to have a clear understanding of how such a venture might be sustained, as discussed in chapter three. Theoretical considerations and practical guidance for the design and delivery of OE are presented in chapter four, ahead of concluding remarks and future prospects in the fifth and final chapter.

This ‘Version 1.0’ of the book is released together with the start of the openED course on ‘Business and Management Competencies in a Web 2.0 world’, whose second edition begins on 26 April 2011. It is also published in parallel with the re-launch of the openSE website, which is an OE framework for computer science software engineering.

A ‘Version 2.0’, with more in-depth findings from the openSE and openED projects and general improvements, is tentatively scheduled for summer 2012. Anyone interested in co-authoring this ‘Version 2.0’, be it with minor improvements or major extensions, are invited to read the editable version of this book at the following link and to correct minor mistakes ‘on the fly’!

Download or read the Book in Version 1.0 online at:

Co-Author the Version 2.0 of the book and read the editable Version 1.0 at the link below:


With kind regards,

Mit freundlichen Grüßen

Com os melhores cumprimentos

Andreas··Meiszner, PhD


United Nations University


Senior Researcher / Project Manager

Collaborative Creativity Group

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