The Battle for Open by Martin Weller


  • Marion MacDonald University of the Highlands and Islands



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“The Battle for Open” by Martin Weller was published on 28 November 2014 and is available in a number of formats from Ubiquity Press.  Following the principles of openness, it has been made available under the CC-BY licence which allows one to share the book or even adapt its contents as long as the book is correctly cited.

To the reader who is familiar with the discussions promoting open education, the book provides a clear, concise history leading up to the current state of play and the issues that are presently to the fore.   If you are a newcomer to the debate, this book would be a good place to start.

Weller calls advocates for open access to education to become active in the battle to ensure that the original principles of “openness” are not lost and looks at ways an educational institution might handle the changes brought about by the open education movement.   This is an interesting book which looks at the issues of open access in education in depth, is thought-provoking and well worth reading.

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Marion MacDonald, University of the Highlands and Islands

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Weller, M. 2014. Battle for Open: How openness won and why it doesn't feel like victory. London: Ubiquity Press. DOI:






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