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Introduction to Open Education: Towards a Human Rights Theory


Blessinger, P., & Bliss, T. (2018). Introduction to Open Education: Towards a Human Rights Theory. International Journal of Open Educational Resources, 1(1), 37–53. https://doi.org/10.18278/ijoer.1.1.5


Education is recognized as a fundamental human right. Yet, many people throughout the world do not have access to important educational opportunities. Open education, which began in earnest in the late 1960s with the establishment of open universities and gained momentum in the first part of this century through open educational resources and open technologies, is part of a wider effort to democratize education. Designed for access, agency, ownership, participation, and experience, open education has the potential to become a great global equalizer, providing the opportunity for people throughout the world to exercise this basic human right.

Citation Type: Journal Article