The Open Education Consortium is a global network of educational institutions, individuals and organizations that support an approach to education based on openness, including collaboration, innovation and collective development and use of open educational materials. The Open Education Consortium is a non-profit, social benefit organization registered in the United States and operating worldwide, with a mission to promote, support and advance openness in education around the world. We envision a world where everyone, everywhere has access to the high quality education and training they desire; where education is seen as an essential, shared, and collaborative social good.
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Founded in 1829, UCT has a proud tradition of academic excellence and effecting social change and development through its pioneering scholarship, faculty and students. We are a residential institution with approximately 28 000 students and 4800 staff. UCT aspires to become a premier academic meeting point between South Africa, the rest of Africa and the world. Taking advantage of expanding global networks and our distinct vantage point in Africa, we are committed, through innovative research and scholarship, to grapple with the key issues of our natural and social worlds. UCT will promote diversity and transformation within our institution and beyond, including growing the next generation of academics.
The local organising team is from the Centre for Innovation in Learning and Teaching (CILT). This small, dynamic team has been advocating and researching Openness since 2007. In June 2014, UCT’s repository was launched which hosts both Open Access research and Open Education Resources. Hosting the OE Global conference will be a particular highlight for CILT’s work and a celebration of 10 years of Open at UCT.
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