The University of the South Pacific (USP), through the Centre for Flexible Learning (CFL) have now become institutional members of the Open Education Consortium (OEC), a global network of educational institutions, individuals and organizations that support an approach to education based on openness, including collaboration, innovation and collective development and use of open educational materials. The OEC is a non-profit, social benefit organization registered in the United States and operating worldwide.
The mission of OEC is to promote, support and advance openness in education around the world. Some of OEC’s activities in open education are awareness raising, networking and community development advocacy and advising, capacity building and training, implementation support and consultancies.
Mr. Dhiraj Bhartu, Acting Director CFL, highlighted that “by joining the Open Education Consortium, USP has now access to broad expertise regarding the ongoing development of open education projects, connects USP with an even broader network of open education resources and practitioners and provides USP with opportunities for international collaborations on numerous open education projects”.
Some of the members of the Open Education Consortium are Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Open Universiteit, African Virtual University, Japan OpenCourseWare Consortium, Universidad Politécnica de Madrid, University of California, Irvine, Swinburne University of Technology, University of Southern Queensland, Open University UK and Universitas Terbuka (Indonesian Open University).