Reuse of OCW materials Tomoaki Watanabe, Ph.D. Director, CC Japan Senior Research Fellow, GLOCOM (Center for Global Communications), International University of Japan
A bit of myself & this research… Director, CC Japan Senior Research Fellow / Assistant Professor, GLOCOM, Center for Global Communications, International U. of Japan A Wikipedian Collaboration with Catharina Maracke
Question Are OCW materials reused? Why don’t I hear about it? (Reuse = change and re-publish) Materials are there, professors are busy, and OCW can help save their time. It seems ripe for reuse on the surface.
Question (refined) <ul><li>Awareness is one issue </li></ul><ul><li>Is that all there is? If we promote OCW enough, will we see the OCW reuse? </li></ul><ul><li>What are the reasons? </li></ul><ul><li>Who are the potential users? </li></ul>
Methods -(done) Literature Review -(done but continuing) In-depth Interview -(ongoing) Survey
Calibration (where to focus) <ul><li>Target group: those who already know about OCW (because they published their own material, or because they are activists) </li></ul><ul><li>US and Japan comparison (US professors can access wealth of materials already) </li></ul><ul><li>Lecture Slides (not syllabus, not exercises, not lecture videos) – the type of material that is suited for reuse. </li></ul>
Some hypotheses Potential Benefits Increase + Use of slides in class + Use of the Internet to find course materials (video, image, etc.) + Internet & computer literacy - Teaching a unique course - Use of publisher-provided slides - Professional ethic (I don’t want to use other people’s materials) - Difficulty in searching - Technical difficulties (e.g. format conversion) - Copyright worries
Thank you! Questions, comments, suggestions: tomoaki at creativecommons.jp