Unexploited resources of online education for democracy: Why the future should belong to OpenCourseWare

Kei Ishii, Bernd Lutterbeck

Abstract


With Massachusetts Institute of Technology's bold OpenCourseWare Initiative, one of the world's leading universities is making its teaching material accessible on the Internet, free of charge, to any user anywhere in the world. While this seems counterintuitive in the trend toward commercialization in today's educational markets, we argue that this strategy could not only prove successful economically, but also exploit human capital resources that would foster innovation and strengthen the democratic foundation of a knowledge-based society.

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DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5210/fm.v6i11.896



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