Open courses, open content, global impact

In 2012 we saw increased interest in open courses with press coverage focusing mainly on Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs). However, despite their renewed prominence they have been around for several years. Here we cover some of the background

MOOCs are generally specifically designed as an open course and are aimed at a global level. Open Educational Resources (OERs) can be used as source materials or created as part of the learning activities in open courses. On these courses people become co-producers and co-consumers of content and roles and boundaries become blurred.