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Open Education "...combines the established tradition of sharing good ideas with fellow educators and the collaborative, interactive culture of the Internet. It is built on the belief that everyone should have the freedom to use, customize, improve and redistribute educational resources without constraint." ~Cape Town Open Education Declaration
The Open Education movement of today has its roots in Open Education and Progressive Education initiatives in England during the 1960s and 70s. Open Education refers to organizations and institutions that aim to provide education without financial barriers. One official definition and statement regarding today's Open Education movement is the Cape Town Declaration.
The declaration includes 3 areas of focus: