:sync: Bridging the Divide: Open Education in Primary & Secondary and Post-Secondary

Authors: Kristina Ishmael, Una Daly, Liz Yata
Institutions: Open Ed Global, CCC OER
Country: United States

Topic: Connecting Open Education to Primary and Secondary (K-12) Education
Sector: K-12
UNESCO Area of Focus: Building capacity
Session Format: Workshop


It often feels that primary & secondary education and post-secondary education are two separate worlds. Primary & secondary education is compulsory throughout most countries around the world while post-secondary education is available only to those learners who have the necessary financial, cultural, and academic supports. The sectors’ different regulations and governing bodies have resulted in further divisions in funding, instructional practices, credentialing, and facilities to name a few. Over the past several years, there has been an increased use of open educational resources (OER) and practices in both sectors in order to help remove barriers of access and equity. This workshop will explore how the primary & secondary and post-secondary education sectors can collaborate on all things open education to increase student equity and achievement throughout the entire academic pathway.

This workshop will begin with a brief overview of primary & secondary open education, along with potential opportunities to collaborate with post-secondary sectors. Once the stage is set, we will open a discussion on natural points of intersection between primary & secondary and post-secondary sectors, followed by a brainstorm of tangible ways that each sector can contribute to the greater open education community through collaboration.


primary & secondary, post-secondary, collaboration

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