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The Open Education Revolution

High book prices, language barriers, and obsolete knowledge impede education today. So the world of tomorrow, argue the founders of Wikipedia and Connexions, should be defined by "open education," in which people everywhere can write, assemble, customize, and publish their own courses and textbooks.

As the founders of two of the world’s largest open-source media platforms – Wikipedia and Connexions – we have both been accused of being dreamers. Independently, we became infected with the idea of creating a Web platform that would enable anyone to contribute their knowledge to free and open learning resources. Jimmy started with his popularly generated encyclopedia. Rich developed a platform for authors, teachers, and students to create, remix, and share courses and textbooks.

Almost everybody dismissed these dreams. Now, with the support of untold legions – from Nobel Laureates to junior high school kids from East Timor to East Los Angeles – Wikipedia and Connexions have spread around the globe and today are organic, growing information bases used by hundreds of millions of people.

We want to infect you with the dream that anyone can become part of a new movement with the potential to change the world of education. This movement can redefine forever how knowledge is created and used.

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