Open Education… Is Closed

Last weekend, at the Open Education Conference in Phoenix, David Wiley, chief academic officer of Lumen Learning and the conference’s organizer for 16 years, announced that this would be its last gathering, or at least the last with him at the helm. The conference, which grew from 40 attendees in 2003 to 850 this year, was a meeting place for advocates of open education, a sometimes hard-to-define goal that often involved the use of open educational resources — free, openly licensed digital textbooks. “This is not a call for another…

Outstanding schools to lose exemption from Ofsted inspections

Gavin Williamson is to consult with education leaders on how to implement changes to Ofsted’s inspection regime. Photograph: Ben Birchall/PA Outstanding schools will no longer be exempt from routine Ofsted inspections, education secretary Gavin Williamson has announced. The move is one of several government measures intended to bolster education standards. The new, expanded inspection programme aims to ensure that parents get up-to-date information and can be confident that schools rated outstanding continue to provide the highest standards, said Williamson. “Every parent wants to know their child is getting a great education and…

How e-learning is making education affordable and accessible in India?

How e-learning is making education affordable and accessible in India? India is witnessing a digital revolution and with 500 million people within the age bracket of 5-24 years, there are immense growth opportunities for the Indian education sector (source – IBEF). Digital education The growing demand for quality education and skill-based learning has waved the green flag for online learning. Digital education is breaking uncountable barriers by ensuring the availability of affordable and accessible learning even in rural areas. Engaging and interactive content delivered by professional instructors makes it easy…