OCWC Overview Jan 2010

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Prof Andy Lane, Open University, OpenLearn Director and Senior Fellow on SCORE project presents an overview of international OER work, with a focus on the OCWC,

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  • The important distinction is that OCW is a package of materials – not a single lecture or document – organized as a course, designed to help learners explore and understand the theme presented.
  • Elements of the package that help users understand the learning design and progress of the course
  • The materials are published under the name of the author and the institution. The reputation of the institution and the professor lend credibility to the materials.
  • Institutions are the stewards of the collection Doesn’t mean that anything can go up OCW can be used to advance particular objectives of an institution
  • The idea for OpenCourseWare came out of the Massachusetts institute for Technology (MIT), where a faculty committee that was charged in the year 2002 by then-president Charles Vest with answering two questions: How is the internet going to change education? and What is MIT going to do about it? If you think back, this was at the height of the dot com bubble, when many universities were busy launching for-profit distance learning ventures, and MIT was actually very late in asking these kinds of questions. When the committee was first charged, it was widely expected within the MIT community that they would propose a for-profit distance education model, an MIT.com.
  • But the committee found that there was not a workable business model for a distance-learning version of the kind of focused, hands-on education MIT has to offer. But there was an option in keeping with MIT's mission:  use the internet to give away MIT materials, so that instructors and students at other universities could use them to improve their own teaching and learning.
  • is this original work? Who owns it? How are objects in the materials licensed according to copyright law? Accuracy both of content and of OCW product to original sources or author’s intentions
  • is this original work? Who owns it? How are objects in the materials licensed according to copyright law? Accuracy both of content and of OCW product to original sources or author’s intentions
  • Over 250 institutions from around the world
  • Institutional Members commit to publishing, under the institution's name, materials from at least 10 courses in a format that meets the agreed-upon definition of an opencourseware. Affiliate Members either publish courses in an area other than higher ed. (e.g. corporate training or K-12) or engage in activities that further Consortium goals (e.g. software development, translation, distribution or regional support). Associate Consortia support the development of OpenCourseWare in particular regions or around common interests. A member of an associate consortium may participate in the OCWC as either a full or an Associate Institutional Member . Corporate Members provide services for fees to other members of the Consortium and contribute substantially to support of the Consortium through their membership fees.
  • Membership helps with sustainability in three ways
  • OCWC Overview Jan 2010

    1. 1. Open Sharing, Global Benefits The OpenCourseWare Consortium advancing formal and informal learning through the worldwide sharing and use of free, open, high-quality education materials organized as courses. February 19, 2010 Presenter Name
    2. 2. advancing formal and informal learning through the worldwide sharing and use of free, open, high-quality education materials organized as courses. February 19, 2010 Name—OCW Consortium <ul><li>The OCW Movement </li></ul><ul><li>The OCW Consortium </li></ul><ul><li>Benefits of Membership </li></ul><ul><li>Getting Involved </li></ul>
    3. 3. advancing formal and informal learning through the worldwide sharing and use of free, open, high-quality education materials organized as courses. February 19, 2010 Name—OCW Consortium The OCW Movement —What is OCW? OCW is a type of Open Educational Resource (OER). OERs are a type of Open Content. Open Educational Resources Open Content OCW
    4. 4. What is OpenCourseWare? <ul><li>High quality educational materials organized as courses </li></ul><ul><li>A package of educational materials starting a particular point in the knowledge spectrum, leading to greater understanding of the issue or topic </li></ul>advancing formal and informal learning through the worldwide sharing and use of free, open, high-quality education materials organized as courses.
    5. 5. What is OpenCourseWare? <ul><li>Materials organized as courses </li></ul><ul><li>Generally includes course planning documents, thematic content, learning activities and evaluation instruments </li></ul><ul><li>lecture notes </li></ul><ul><li>syllabi </li></ul><ul><li>course calendar </li></ul><ul><li>assignments, projects, tests </li></ul><ul><li>videos or recordings of lectures </li></ul><ul><li>demonstrations and illustrations of concepts </li></ul>advancing formal and informal learning through the worldwide sharing and use of free, open, high-quality education materials organized as courses.
    6. 6. What is OpenCourseWare? <ul><li>Materials organized as courses </li></ul><ul><li>Course planning documents, thematic content, learning activities and evaluation instruments </li></ul><ul><li>Openly licensed for distribution, re-use and modification </li></ul>advancing formal and informal learning through the worldwide sharing and use of free, open, high-quality education materials organized as courses.
    7. 7. What is OpenCourseWare? <ul><li>Materials organized as courses </li></ul><ul><li>Course planning documents, thematic content, learning activities and evaluation instruments </li></ul><ul><li>Openly licensed for distribution, re-use and modification </li></ul><ul><li>Materials are a reflection of the education provided by the sponsoring institution, and from the authoring instructor(s) </li></ul>advancing formal and informal learning through the worldwide sharing and use of free, open, high-quality education materials organized as courses.
    8. 8. What is OpenCourseWare? <ul><li>Materials organized as courses </li></ul><ul><li>Course planning documents, thematic content, learning activities and evaluation instruments </li></ul><ul><li>Openly licensed for distribution, re-use and modification </li></ul><ul><li>Materials are a reflection of the sponsoring institution’s education </li></ul><ul><li>Institutions are the decision makers for their contributions, so OpenCourseWare projects can be quite different </li></ul>advancing formal and informal learning through the worldwide sharing and use of free, open, high-quality education materials organized as courses.
    9. 9. advancing formal and informal learning through the worldwide sharing and use of free, open, high-quality education materials organized as courses. February 19, 2010 Name—OCW Consortium What is OpenCourseWare? Summary: <ul><li>An open courseware (ocw) is a free and open educational resource for faculty, students, and self-learners throughout the world. </li></ul><ul><ul><li>An ocw is not a distance-learning initiative: there are no degrees granted, no student/faculty interactions and no transcripts. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>An ocw is a collection of high-quality learning materials presented in the form of courses. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>OCW materials are there for using and re-purposing. Modifications welcome! </li></ul></ul>
    10. 10. advancing formal and informal learning through the worldwide sharing and use of free, open, high-quality education materials organized as courses. February 19, 2010 Name—OCW Consortium The OCW Movement —How it Started Two Questions: The OCW Movement—How it Started MIT Administration posed two Questions to the Faculty Committee: <ul><ul><li>How is the internet going to change education? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>What is MIT going to do about it? </li></ul></ul>Former MIT President Charles Vest
    11. 11. advancing formal and informal learning through the worldwide sharing and use of free, open, high-quality education materials organized as courses. February 19, 2010 Name—OCW Consortium The OCW Movement—How it Started The Report <ul><li>Focus on MIT’s Mission: </li></ul><ul><li>“ to advance knowledge in ways that will </li></ul><ul><li>best serve the nation and the world” </li></ul><ul><li>Use technology to openly share </li></ul><ul><li>educational materials </li></ul>
    12. 12. advancing formal and informal learning through the worldwide sharing and use of free, open, high-quality education materials organized as courses. February 19, 2010 Name—OCW Consortium The OCW Movement—Global Growth As institutions and learners around the world began to realize the power of opening education to the world, the movement began on a global scale
    13. 13. advancing formal and informal learning through the worldwide sharing and use of free, open, high-quality education materials organized as courses. February 19, 2010 Name—OCW Consortium The OCW Movement—What is the Value? <ul><li>Meeting your organization’s desire to contribute to the social welfare of the world by making course materials free on a global scale to educators, students, and self-learners </li></ul><ul><li>Showcasing your organization’s instructional efforts by providing high quality, high visibility examples to the public, prospective students, and parents </li></ul><ul><li>Creating a repository where faculty and researchers can have their work seen by the world </li></ul><ul><li>Presenting potential funding agencies with attractive and useful opportunities for disseminating research results </li></ul>
    14. 14. advancing formal and informal learning through the worldwide sharing and use of free, open, high-quality education materials organized as courses. February 19, 2010 Name—OCW Consortium The OCW Movement—What is the Value? <ul><li>Increasing traffic to the institution’s website </li></ul><ul><li>Providing a preview of the institution’s education to prospective students, donors, employers, officials </li></ul><ul><li>Providing a cost- and time-efficient vehicle for staff and faculty training and development </li></ul><ul><li>Attracting independent funding for public service projects </li></ul><ul><li>Promoting the incorporation of high-quality educational materials produced elsewhere </li></ul><ul><li>Providing entree to a world-wide community of dedicated educators </li></ul>
    15. 15. OCW project considerations <ul><li>Intellectual Property issues </li></ul><ul><li>Copyright and licensing </li></ul><ul><li>Software and technology considerations </li></ul><ul><li>Accuracy </li></ul>advancing formal and informal learning through the worldwide sharing and use of free, open, high-quality education materials organized as courses.
    16. 16. OCW project considerations <ul><li>Intellectual Property issues </li></ul><ul><li>Copyright and licensing </li></ul><ul><li>Software and technology considerations </li></ul><ul><li>Accuracy </li></ul><ul><li>Fortunately, there is a global association to support OCW projects </li></ul>advancing formal and informal learning through the worldwide sharing and use of free, open, high-quality education materials organized as courses.
    17. 17. advancing formal and informal learning through the worldwide sharing and use of free, open, high-quality education materials organized as courses. February 19, 2010 Name—OCW Consortium <ul><li>The OCW Movement </li></ul><ul><li>The OCW Consortium </li></ul><ul><li>Benefits of Membership </li></ul><ul><li>Getting Involved </li></ul>
    18. 18. advancing formal and informal learning through the worldwide sharing and use of free, open, high-quality education materials organized as courses. February 19, 2010 Name—OCW Consortium Our mission is to advance formal and informal learning through the worldwide sharing and use of free, open, high-quality education materials organized as courses.
    19. 19. advancing formal and informal learning through the worldwide sharing and use of free, open, high-quality education materials organized as courses. February 19, 2010 Name—OCW Consortium Who we are
    20. 20. The OCW Consortium • ~100 live OCW sites • ~8600 courses http://ocwconsortium.org
    21. 21. advancing formal and informal learning through the worldwide sharing and use of free, open, high-quality education materials organized as courses. February 19, 2010 Name—OCW Consortium The OCW Consortium—Growth
    22. 22. advancing formal and informal learning through the worldwide sharing and use of free, open, high-quality education materials organized as courses. February 19, 2010 Name—OCW Consortium The OCW Consortium—Members Membership Categories Commit to publishing, under the institution's name, materials from at least 10 courses Publish courses in an area other than higher ed. or engage in activities that further Consortium goals Support the development of OCW in particular regions or around common interests Provide services for fees to other members and contribute substantially to support of the Consortium through their membership fees . <ul><li>Institutional Members </li></ul><ul><li>Affiliate Members </li></ul><ul><li>Associate Consortia </li></ul><ul><li>Corporate Members </li></ul>
    23. 23. advancing formal and informal learning through the worldwide sharing and use of free, open, high-quality education materials organized as courses. February 19, 2010 Name—OCW Consortium <ul><li>The OCW Movement </li></ul><ul><li>The OCW Consortium </li></ul><ul><li>Benefits of Membership </li></ul><ul><li>Getting Involved </li></ul>
    24. 24. advancing formal and informal learning through the worldwide sharing and use of free, open, high-quality education materials organized as courses. February 19, 2010 Name—OCW Consortium Benefits of Membership: Consultation with experts in the Consortium Collective Visibility through international exposure Collaboration and networking with members from all over the world Sustainability
    25. 25. advancing formal and informal learning through the worldwide sharing and use of free, open, high-quality education materials organized as courses. February 19, 2010 Name—OCW Consortium Benefits of Membership: Consultation <ul><li>For new and existing OCW projects, OCWC staff and members are available to support you </li></ul><ul><li>OCWC conferences and ongoing forums provide members the opportunity to share solutions and best practices </li></ul><ul><li>Webinars and newsletters address common issues and new developments </li></ul><ul><li>The OCWC site and Toolkit provide tools for OCW development. </li></ul>
    26. 26. advancing formal and informal learning through the worldwide sharing and use of free, open, high-quality education materials organized as courses. February 19, 2010 Name—OCW Consortium Benefits of Membership: Collaboration <ul><li>The OCWC provides administrative support and space for Working Groups gathered around areas of common interest, such as Evaluation, Accessibility or Intellectual Property </li></ul><ul><li>The OCWC encourages members to report on nascent projects to allow time and opportunities for collaboration </li></ul>
    27. 27. advancing formal and informal learning through the worldwide sharing and use of free, open, high-quality education materials organized as courses. February 19, 2010 Name—OCW Consortium Benefits of Membership: Collective Visibility <ul><li>The OCWC website provides direct links to the sites of its members </li></ul><ul><li>The OCW Course Finder allows users to search across OCWC member sites </li></ul><ul><li>The OCWC helps develop e-visibility guidelines for its members </li></ul><ul><li>OCWC members share media exposure </li></ul>
    28. 28. advancing formal and informal learning through the worldwide sharing and use of free, open, high-quality education materials organized as courses. February 19, 2010 Name—OCW Consortium Benefits of Membership: Sustainability <ul><li>Sharing of best practices among OCWC members promotes quality and efficiency within individual projects </li></ul><ul><li>Resource-sharing across OCWC members cuts down on duplication of cost, effort and expertise </li></ul><ul><li>OCWC discussions assist members in articulating the value of OCW to their home institutions </li></ul>
    29. 29. advancing formal and informal learning through the worldwide sharing and use of free, open, high-quality education materials organized as courses. <ul><li>The OCW Movement </li></ul><ul><li>The OCW Consortium </li></ul><ul><li>Benefits of Membership </li></ul><ul><li>Getting Involved </li></ul>
    30. 30. advancing formal and informal learning through the worldwide sharing and use of free, open, high-quality education materials organized as courses. Promote OCW <ul><li>Reach out to faculty and administrators </li></ul><ul><li>Share Best Practices </li></ul><ul><li>Volunteer to give a webinar </li></ul><ul><li>Submit news for the website, blog and newsletter </li></ul><ul><li>Become a volunteer expert to mentor new projects </li></ul><ul><li>Visit www.ocwconsortium.org </li></ul>
    31. 31. advancing formal and informal learning through the worldwide sharing and use of free, open, high-quality education materials organized as courses. February 19, 2010 Name—OCW Consortium Join OCWC working groups <ul><li>such as: </li></ul><ul><li>Intellectual Property </li></ul><ul><li>Tool Kit Working Group </li></ul><ul><li>Technology Committee </li></ul><ul><li>Translation teams </li></ul>
    32. 32. advancing formal and informal learning through the worldwide sharing and use of free, open, high-quality education materials organized as courses. February 19, 2010 Name—OCW Consortium Participate in global OCW decision making <ul><li>Join OCWC standing committees such as Conference, Sustainability, Budget or Membership </li></ul><ul><li>Become a Board member of the OCWC: eight from Institutional members and two from affiliate members </li></ul>
    33. 33. advancing formal and informal learning through the worldwide sharing and use of free, open, high-quality education materials organized as courses. February 19, 2010 Name—OCW Consortium Help with current projects <ul><li>Translation of website and important documents into multiple languages </li></ul><ul><li>Social Networking Tools for Users </li></ul><ul><li>Metadata Tools and Standards </li></ul><ul><li>Accessibility Tools </li></ul><ul><li>IP and Workflow Management Tools </li></ul><ul><li>OCW platform refinement, such as eduCommons </li></ul>
    34. 34. Educational Policy and OpenCourseWare Hanoi, Vietnam May 5-7, 2010 Co-Hosted by advancing formal and informal learning through the worldwide sharing and use of free, open, high-quality education materials organized as courses. Vietnam Ministry of Education and Training Join us OCWC 2010 Global Meeting and Conference
    35. 35. advancing formal and informal learning through the worldwide sharing and use of free, open, high-quality education materials organized as courses. February 19, 2010 Name—OCW Consortium Thank You! Visit The OpenCourseWare Consortium portal at http://www.ocwconsortium.org Contact the Consortium at: [email_address]

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