In the open-access movement, we are seeing the early emergence of a meta-university, a transcendent, accessible, empowering, dynamic, communally constructed framework of open materials and platforms on which much of higher education worldwide can be constructed or enhanced.
The emerging meta-university, built on the power and ubiquity of the Web and launched by the open courseware movement, will give teachers and learners everywhere the ability to access and share teaching materials, scholarly publications, scientific work in progress, teleoperation of experiments and worldwide collaborations, thereby achieving economic efficiencies and raising the quality of education through a noble and global endeavour.
Article originally appeared in: “EDUCAUSE Review”, V. 41(2006), n. 3, May/June, pp. 18–30. Reprinted with permission of the author and the publisher