An Exploration of the Essence of Open Education

Jinying CHEN


A platform to help the public climb up the social ladder, open education promotes education equality, providing every member of society with the opportunity to receive higher education and serving for people’s lifelong learning and development. In practice, people with different educational backgrounds are admitted to this education system, which appears to be seemingly unpersuasive. Despite a history of 40 years, the Open University of China does not seem to be widely recognized by the society. Therefore, it is necessary explore the essence of open education from its very beginning. This paper reviews the evolution of open education and explores its essence, definition and academic debates with the aim to reach the core of open education.


Exploration; Open education; Essence

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