Educational Policy and Open Educational Practice in Australian Higher Education

Stagg, Adrian and Bossu, Carina (2016). Educational Policy and Open Educational Practice in Australian Higher Education. In: Blessinger, Patrick and Bliss, TJ eds. Open Education: International Perspectives in Higher Education. Cambridge, United Kingdom: Open Book Publishers, pp. 115–136.

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Abstract

Open Educational Policy has become increasingly the subject of government attention globally, primarily with a focus on reducing educational costs for tax payers. Parallel to, yet rarely convergent with, these initiatives is an espoused sector-wide commitment to broadening participation in higher education, especially for students of low socio-economic backgrounds. Criticism of both open education and social inclusion policy highlights a deficiency in both the metrics used by policy-makers and the maturity of conceptual understanding applied to both notions. This chapter explores the possibilities afforded to social inclusion in universities by open education, and the case for an integrated approach to educational policy that recognizes the impact of a multi-causal foundation on the broader educational ecosystem.

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