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In recent years MIT has been releasing course materials online through their OpenCourseware project, making content available all around the world for free. Many people have benefited and continue to ...

In recent years MIT has been releasing course materials online through their OpenCourseware project, making content available all around the world for free. Many people have benefited and continue to benefit today from having these materials available. Other universities are also now beginning to see the value of participating in similar movements, and are publishing OpenCourseware sites of their own. This movement is growing across the world including universities from several countries such as Japan, China, Spain, the Netherlands, Mexico, and the United States. Producing web sites with freely available educational content can be a complicated endeavor for many academic institutions. Work is currently being done to reduce the technological and economic barriers to participating in OpenCourseware. A project called eduCommons, which is built by the Center for Open Sustainable Learning (COSL) at Utah State University, is making it easier for institutions share their course materials. This session will detail the evolution of eduCommons, from its first release on Plone 1.5.2, to the most current version that has just been released on Plone 3. Even if you are not involved in OpenCourseware, but are contemplating making course materials or educational content available on the web, you will want to learn about our approach to writing reusable Plone based educational products, and learn about best practices of how to publish educational content from those who have been involved in the OpenCourseware movement.

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  • Plone in Education: A Case Study of the Use of Plone and Education... http://localhost:9000/test/plone-conference-2007/plone-in-education/... Plone in Education: A Case Study of the Use of Plone and Educational Content Brent Lambert, David Ray What is OpenCourseWare? Makes available course materials from higher ed institutions to all Used for informal learning environments Supplements existing course materials Allows professors to share materials What it is not Not for credit No access to professors, instructors MIT, William and Flora Hewlett Foundation The birth of OpenCourseWare Quote “We hope that in sharing MIT’s course materials, and our experience thus far with MIT OpenCourseWare, we will inspire other institutions to openly share their course materials.” Charles M. Vest, Former President, MIT Who is Participating? MIT, John's Hopkins, Notre Dame Many other Universities across the World in Japan, China, Taiwan, Spain, UK, Netherlands and 1 of 6 10/10/07 12:10 AM
  • Plone in Education: A Case Study of the Use of Plone and Education... http://localhost:9000/test/plone-conference-2007/plone-in-education/... more Universities in the State of Utah, Utah State University OpenCourseWare Consortium http://ocwconsortium.org Ubiquitous The goal is to make OpenCourseWare as common as having a web site at higher education establishments. Achieving the Goal Making it as easy as possible Lowering the cost of participating in OCW Supporting Best Practices, and making sure materials are high quality Minimizing the legal risk of publishing materials in an open manner Maximizing access to materials through accessibility Barriers High cost of developing courses Infrastructure needed 2 of 6 10/10/07 12:10 AM
  • Plone in Education: A Case Study of the Use of Plone and Education... http://localhost:9000/test/plone-conference-2007/plone-in-education/... Rolling your own vs. Off the shelf Technical Resources (e. g. software, systems, sysadmin) For Example MIT OpenCourseWare grant $30million+ Built on proprietary software Course Materials move through three separate systems Large production team The question of Copyright Creative Commons Licensing Open Content as well as Open Source Averting Risk Solution If OpenCourseWare is to succeed, a better way of doing things is needed. What is eduCommons? An OpenCourseWare management system A place to publish course materials Built on top of Plone Open source software (GPL) Freely available (just like Plone) What eduCommons is Not eduCommons is not an LMS Does not track student grades Does not provide access to instructors Why Plone? Multi-Lingual Accessibility 3 of 6 10/10/07 12:10 AM
  • Plone in Education: A Case Study of the Use of Plone and Education... http://localhost:9000/test/plone-conference-2007/plone-in-education/... Feature Set (workflows, user roles, built in authentication) Rapid Development Community support Key Features Can track accessibility and copyright clearance Can bulk upload content using zip archives Can import content from Blackboard, WebCT Supports workflows and user roles for developing content Has comprehensive copyright licensing engine Additional Features RSS Feeds Built in bookmarking for end users Embedded Machine Readable Licenses As easy to use as editing a blog Demo Creating a new course Uploading content Who is using eduCommons 4 of 6 10/10/07 12:10 AM
  • Plone in Education: A Case Study of the Use of Plone and Education... http://localhost:9000/test/plone-conference-2007/plone-in-education/... eduCommons at Utah State University Other Uses OOPS - Chinese Translation Site copies for 3rd World locations without or with limited internet access Higher Education What have we learned working with OCW in higher education? Key Points Working with higher ed institutions takes time Dealing with the quot;Not built herequot; mentality Fitting into existing infrastructures Key Points (continued) 5 of 6 10/10/07 12:10 AM
  • Plone in Education: A Case Study of the Use of Plone and Education... http://localhost:9000/test/plone-conference-2007/plone-in-education/... Expertise of people using and building courses Cathedral vs Bazaar Complimenting other open source software instead of competing The Future More rich support for mulitmedia podcasting, video Convergence between LMS and OCW management systems Lowering the cost of OCW even further Questions? Thank You http://cosl.usu.edu/projects/educommons 6 of 6 10/10/07 12:10 AM