The year 2012 witnessed a rapid growth in the e-learning methodology. In fact open education too is gaining precedence and is now considered to be much more efficient and result oriented as compared to the traditional methodology. Financial limitations have been a deterrent for many people seeking education and for these people open education comes as a blessing. Open education is not as costly as the conventional campus based training. In some cases it is also imparted free of cost. Well known universities like Harvard, MIT, Berkeley and others now offering affordable or even free courses.
All these universities have teamed up to form the edX.
Universities like Stanford, Duke, Princeton, Hopkins, Johns, Caltech and others too offer open education. Open education can be counted amongst one of the greatest changes in education systems since the invention of the printing press. However a large number of people still prefer to opt for traditional campus education as they are restricted by social and cultural norms.
Open education does not follow the conventional merit-degree system like the campus universities. However there are some universities like the Open University in UK which offer conventional degrees. Most open education sources do provide the students with their own form of certificate. As open education is being accepted widely and gaining popularity these certificates are gaining a lot of importance and are at times considered equal in academic value to merit degrees. Majority of the open universities are able to provide standardized testing, thus making them eligible for traditional degrees & credentials.
In a bid to overcome the restriction of not being able to experience the social aspects of learning which are a part of traditional campus education there has been a noticeable rise in people who form study groups, plan meet ups and organize movements for students in open universities.