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Open Access Education - Building Communities and Sharing Knowledge TALK

, Rice University, United States


A grassroots movement is sweeping through the academic world. The “open access movement” is based on a set of intuitions that are shared by a remarkably wide range of academics: that knowledge should be free and open to use and re-use; that collaboration should be easier, not
harder; that people should receive credit and kudos for contributing to education and research; and that concepts and ideas are linked in unusual and surprising ways and not the simple linear forms that traditional media present. In this talk, I will overview the past, present, and future of the open access education movement in the context of Connexions (, which invites authors, educators, and learners worldwide to “create, rip, mix, and burn” textbooks, courses, and learning materials from a global open-access repository.


Baraniuk, R. (2008). Open Access Education - Building Communities and Sharing Knowledge. Presented at E-Learn: World Conference on E-Learning 2008. Retrieved January 18, 2018 from .