OpenKnowledge: Changing the global course of learning

Open source, open science, open data, open access, open education, open learning -- this free, online course provides an introduction to the important concept of openness from a variety of perspectives, including education, publishing, librarianship, economics, politics, and more, and asks you to discover what it means to you. Open Knowledge is international and multi-institutional, bringing together instructors and students from Canada, Ghana, Mexico, the United States, and the rest of the world. It will challenge you take control of your own learning, to determine your own personal learning objectives, to contribute to the development of the curriculum, to reflect on your progress, to learn new digital skills, and to take a leadership role in the virtual classroom. It will also provide you with the opportunity to connect with colleagues from different countries and professions, and to better understand areas where your interests overlap and where unexpected distinctions exist. We hope you’ll consider taking this journey with us.


  • Week 1: Introduction to Open Knowledge
  • Week 2: Technological Change, Digital Identity, and Connected Learning
  • Week 3: Participatory Culture, Citizen Journalism, Citizen Science
  • Week 4: Intellectual Property, Copyright, and the Economics of Open
  • Week 5: Historical Perspectives: Learned Publishing from Medieval to Modern Times
  • Week 6: Open Science, Data, Access, Source, Review
  • Week 7: Open Educational Resources: From Lesson Plans to Instructional Videos
  • Week 8: Archives, Databases, Encyclopedia: Evaluating Open Collections and Reference Sources
  • Week 9: Scholarly Publishing and Communications: Journals, Books, and Publication of Research
  • Week 10: Information Literacy: Overload, Filters, and Developing a Critical Lens
  • Week 11: Global Perspectives on Equity, Development, and Open Knowledge
  • Week 12: Student Publishing: Lessons in Publishing, Peer Review, and Knowledge Sharing
  • Week 13: The Future of Open Knowledge