OCWC Global Conference 2013


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  • Basis of educationTenant of scholarshipInformation is not a scarce resourceSharing allows collaboration, innovation, advancementCost of not sharing – opportunity cost, etc – too high
  • Free = no costOpen = no cost and openly licensed, at least including the right to modify
  • We have heard from many distinguished speakers today about the population curve across Africa, and the significant proportion of the population under 15 years of age. 20 years ago a qualified student had to wait 4 years for a place at university. Imagine the number of young people who are now in similar situations with a greatly increased population and no corresponding major increase in capacity of universities. To meet this demand would require a furious pace of building physical infrastructure, which carries a similarly burdensome financial investment. Alternatively, we can seek non traditional solutions, in which OER can play an important role.
  • Nigeria 88%1/3 of the world’s population is under 15.
  • Free = no costOpen = no cost and openly licensed, at least including the right to modify
  • One of the hesitations I hear concerns ICT infrastructure. Not all learners have access to digital resources via the internet, and investment in ICT infrastructure can be prohibitively expensive for segments of society.It’s important to bear in mind that the goal of OER is to improve access to high quality education and to facilitate improvements in teaching and learning. While digitization and internet distribution makes this easy, it does not prohibit printing these materials or finding other routes for distributing content. A recent study in the US showed that to print and distribute a 220 page open textbook cost approximately $5, which represents a cost effective option over publisher-produced textbooks if printed materials are needed.However…
  • It is important to remember that there have been astonishing transformations brought through technology in the past 5-10 years, and access to both technology and the internet is increasing daily.A couple examples:
  • M-pesa was introduced in Kenya in April 2007 as a way to pay bills and transfer money by mobile phone. In 5 years it has gone from nothing to becoming the biggest money transfer system in Kenya. Many people cannot now imagine conducting these transactions in any other way.
  • This has not effected just one segment of society, rather, it has had broad impact across socio-economic and geographic indicators. This represents a transformative change in a very short time frame based on technology use.
  • We will promote your projects and activities to a global audience to increase the visibility of your universities and faculty, along with showcasing the diversity of educational and social contexts across the African continent.
  • However, you have undoubtedly noticed that on our map of members, Africa is under represented. We invite you to join the OCW Consortium and help us advance the impact of open education worldwide. You can join via our website at www.ocwconsortium.org/members, or through the AVU.
  • OCWC Global Conference 2013

    1. 1. Education is fundamental.Education is sharing.Open Education starts with anidea:
    2. 2. Open EducationTermsOpen Educational ResourcesOpenCourseWareOpen Educational PracticeOpen Textbooks= Free and Open
    3. 3. Freeno costOpenNo cost +permission to changeBy Adam Bartlett http://www.flickr.com/photos/atbartlett/2432704579/By Sean MacEntee http://www.flickr.com/photos/smemon/4518528819/
    4. 4. Who we are
    5. 5. www.ocwconsortium.org
    6. 6. Why Open Education?
    7. 7. Shifting Global Realities
    8. 8. Shifting Global Realities:Population and demandfor education
    9. 9. Percentage of population <15
    10. 10. Current globalcapacityin higher educationis not sufficientfor present or futuredemandBy James Cridland http://www.flickr.com/photos/jamescridland/613445810
    11. 11. Shifting Global Realities:Information Age
    12. 12. http://www.flickr.com/photos/powi/2403585007/
    13. 13. http://www.flickr.com/photos/londonmatt/3934882164/
    14. 14. Resources can come from everywhereInteractivity and learning support can comefrom anywhere
    15. 15. Shifting Global Realities:Globalization
    16. 16. 300+ institutions and organizations worldwidePan-African
    17. 17. Shifting Global Realities:Education is expensive
    18. 18. http://www.flickr.com/photos/ubclibrary/453351638/
    19. 19. Freeno costOpenNo cost +permission to changeBy Adam Bartlett http://www.flickr.com/photos/atbartlett/2432704579/By Sean MacEntee http://www.flickr.com/photos/smemon/4518528819/
    20. 20. Shifting Global Realities:Uneven ICT infrastructure
    21. 21. Can make OERs print and still be cost effective – US $5.23 for 220page open textbook printedGoal of OER is to improve access to high quality educationand facilitate improvements in teaching and learningBy Opensourseway http://www.flickr.com/photos/usaid_images/6462458071/
    22. 22. However…Technology is rapidly changing andimpacting daily life across sectors andsocio-economic indicators
    23. 23. From nothing to biggest moneytransfer system in Kenya in 5 yearsSource: http://www.opensourceopinion.com/?p=1226
    24. 24. Impacting broad swath of societyTransformative changeSource: technology.cgap.org
    25. 25. How can we support you?
    26. 26. Create networks for support of projectsHelp finding international collaborators
    27. 27. Increase visibility of your universities, professors anddiversity of educational and social contextswww.ocwconsortium.org
    28. 28. We need your participationWe invite you to join uswww.ocwconsortium.org