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In PE’ER project the Open University of Israel offers Hebrew-readers free access to academic educational resources. Presentation given by Edna Tal-Elhasid from the Open University of Israel at IADIS …

In PE’ER project the Open University of Israel offers Hebrew-readers free access to academic educational resources. Presentation given by Edna Tal-Elhasid from the Open University of Israel at IADIS International Conference e-Society 2009, Barcelona, Spain February 2009

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  • 1. FREE ACCESS TO ACADEMIC E-BOOKS, AUDIO-BOOKS AND EDUCATIONAL RESOURCES: LESSONS FROM THE FIRST YEAR Edna Tal-Elhasid Center for Integrating Technology in Distance Education The Open University of Israel
  • 2. The Open University of Israel (OUI) • Established 1974, based on the OU-UK model • Open admission, Distance learning (ODL) • 45,000 Registered students in Israel & abroad (largest) • ~ 600 Courses, Undergraduate and Masters (no PhD) • 2,500 Graduates each year (2007) / Small faculty (70) • Heavy reliance on Educational Technology (Hebrew based LMS) • Largest academic publisher in Israel (prints 1 M copies annually)
  • 3. What is OCW • An OpenCourseWare (OCW) is a free and open educational resource for faculty, students and self-learners throughout the world. • OCW is not a distance-learning initiative: there are no degrees granted, no student/faculty interactions and no transcripts. • OCW is a collection of high-quality learning materials presented in the form of courses. Terri Bays, OCW Consortium Dan Carchidi, MIT OCW Sunnie Kim, MSU OCW
  • 4. OER/ OCW movement 200+ institutions, ~30 countries, ~6,000 courses
  • 5. OER/ OCW movement
  • 6. The OUI in the global OCW movement • In May 2008 the OUI joined the OCW movement and the OCW consortium. • Our vision is to enable people with a thirst for knowledge to access OUI books and learning materials from anywhere in the world • Free Textbooks in Electronic format (e-books) This is a unique feature never tried by any university. • Free Audio books in MP3 format (free for download or as streaming media) • Free Video lectures by experts • Free Online Study materials: RLO (Reusable Learning Objects) lesson plans, presentations, interactive exercises, glossaries and more
  • 7. Textbooks in electronic format • Free access to Hebrew books from 50 academic courses (~300 volumes), some in Russian and Table of content Arabic. • Open University books are especially designed for independent study. • Books were selected by an academic steering committee. • Some books are under Creative Commons copy right license.
  • 8. Textbooks in electronic format Readers can browse through the book, search share, bookmark and add personal and public comments to the books. Each time the users return to the book, they get their Personal “own” copy. and public annotation Audio books Users can listen to them through the Internet or download on mobile players. Audio books were narrated by professional narrators and recorded at the OUI's audio studios.
  • 9. Online study materials • 126 OCW course (25% of all courses) • 5628 Learning Objects: • ~80 Video lectures Video lectures • 170 multiple-choice questions • ~ 1300 recommended links Some of the books include • 16 glossary with 3500 terms video lectures by the authors • Recorded tutorials or experts in the field, filmed • Interactive multimedia materials at the OUI video studios. and more
  • 10. Users and Usage : Data collection from first 8 months Questions Research tools User characteristics: Who are the users? Data from 8579 Registered User statistics User behavior: What do the users do on the website? User feedback: What is the use of preferences? User survey (830 responses)
  • 11. User characteristics 8350 Registered Users User Distribution User Distribution by Age, N=5940 by Gender, N=5940 - - female - - male -
  • 12. User characteristics from user survey Profession, N=830 OUI MIT teachers self learners learners
  • 13. User behavior on website Average per month: • Different visitors -7,625 January-February - 11,116 • New visits - 65%, repeat visits -35% • Average visits per day – 350 (600 on MIT) January-February - 479 • Time on site - 00:03:30 (00:13:15 on e-books)
  • 14. User feedback Satisfaction with PE’ER content N=830 High Medium high Low site interface content organization content relevance for you content variety content quality
  • 15. User feedback The importance to the user of the different content categories, N=830 glossaries bibliography recommended links multiple-choice exercises sample exams presentations video lectures interactive multimedia audio-books e-books very importance of medium importance of little important of no importance
  • 16. PE’ER Next Phase • Constant addition of books and learning materials • Portable electronic books (Kindle) • Integration of collaborative Web 2.0 tools to grade the content, add remarks and give feedback , to lay the ground work for sharing between users and faculty • Research: • Faculty survey to understand motivation or objections in opening up their courses • The impact on sales of our books • The impact of PE’ER on student registration
  • 17. Edna Tal-Elhasid Center for Integrating Technology in Distance Education