The need to find funding or secure a scholarship could be a thing of the past if the Open Education Resource University (OERU) get their way. The system, run by WikiEducator, has been in the development stage for a while but two Australian Universities have just entered the final planning phases. The online learning platform allows for students to ‘try before they buy’, letting them study, but not pay unless they want to be assessed.
Free online higher education has been demanded by many for years, Bill Gates famously said last year that you’ll be able to find the best lectures in the world for free on the internet. Now, the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) have announced it will be requesting that governments commit to the development and promotion of open educational resources. Aimed at helping those who are disadvantaged and without the financial backing that is often required for higher education, the OERU is thought to be priced at a fraction of normal university fees for those who do wish to be assessed in order to gain the qualification.
With the number of higher education students set to double in the next ten years, many are heralding this setup as a scalable system that will allow for the high numbers of students wanting to complete higher education in the forthcoming years.
More students are heading abroad every year, but with distance learning courses improving and becoming even cheaper, this could be a thing of the past. What do you think? Would you still want to study abroad or would you prefer to study online at home? Let us know in the comments below.
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