In the article, Pete explores the impact on adult education and lifelong learning of the internet and online courses. He discusses the huge potential for expanding access to education which online courses can provide as the digital revolution gains momentum, with more people having access to mobile devices and social media. He explains “open” education and the worldwide growth of free openly licenced resources which are available for people to use, share, reuse and modify.
In the article Pete also explores the inequalities of access to open materials and that the potential open educational resources have for widening participation have yet to be fulfilled. He explains how the OEPS project aims to work with others across the sector and beyond to support transitions from informal to formal learning and widen participation in higher education.