Open Education: how to get there through Open Government and Open Education Data

  1. “Open Education: how to get there through Open Government and Open Education Data” May 2014

Full paper can be accessed here

Executive Summary

Education is one of the most powerful tools for sustained economic growth, for reducing poverty and inequality, and for promoting and implementing an open, participative and consensus building governance. Our societies are the ‘mirrors’ of the educational systems we have. Improving or fixing something one does not like in that mirror is probably one of the most difficult and challenging tasks. It requires consensus building amongst all stakeholders, a clear long-term vision and practical tools for implementation of new approaches and emerging opportunities.

In the rapidly changing environment, educational systems need more than ever permanent reviews, updates, and improvements. Failing to deliver on that, would mean failing to equip the citizens with the skills they need in order to be able to achieve their full potential, be able to engage in this increasingly globalized and interconnected economy, and be able to take advantages of all opportunities ahead of them. Poor skills limit in most of the cases, people’s access to better-paying and rewarding jobs.

In this context, more and more countries are looking further to explore and build on the evidence of the most successful and efficient policies and practices. And success should be no longer measured against national standards and regulations only, rather, against the best-performing, the most rapidly changing and improving education systems: systems that build upon emerging tendencies, futuristic type of approaches and prognosis, opened and inclusive policy-making and more recently, on open data.

International platforms such as Open Government Partnership (OGP) and Open Data related initiatives continue to provide new venues and opportunities for different sectors including education, both in developed and developing economies around the world.

The philosophy behind Open Government, which was tackled previously in the “Open Data Initiative in Moldova”[1] paper as well as in the paper on “The influence of the Open Government Partnership (OGP) on the Open Data discussions”[2] departs from the core principles of openness, inclusiveness, participation, transparency, citizen-engagement and innovation. This paper looks at ways both Open Government Partnership and Open Data initiatives could “shape” the current developments in the educational sector particularly in countries aspiring towards EU integration, such as Republic of Moldova, as well as the potential and benefits they could bring in delivering better educational services and outcomes in other Open Government Partnership member countries.

[1] http://www.epsiplatform.eu/content/open-data-initiative-moldova

[2]http://www.epsiplatform.eu/sites/default/files/The%20influence%20of%20the%20Open%20Government%20Partnership%20(OGP)%20on%20the%20Open%20Data%20discussions.pdf

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