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Introduction to Houston OCWC

By Terri Bays

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Introduction (OCWC Houston)

  1. 1. Open Sharing, Global Benefits February 6, 2009 Terri Bays—OCW Consortium
  2. 2. <ul><li>Who are we? </li></ul><ul><li>What are we doing here? </li></ul><ul><li>Where are we going from here? </li></ul>Open Sharing, Global Benefits February 6, 2009
  3. 3. Who Are We?—The OCW Movement <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>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>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 the taking and for transformation. </li></ul></ul>Open Sharing, Global Benefits February 6, 2009
  4. 4. <ul><ul><li>Syllabi </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Readings </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Lecture notes </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Tests/quizzes </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Lectures (video, audio) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>etc… </li></ul></ul>The OCW Movement —OCW is composed of… OCW can be fully instructional, but does not need to be. <ul><li>But OCW does not: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Provide access to faculty </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Grant credit, a certificate, or a degree. </li></ul></ul>Open Sharing, Global Benefits February 6, 2009
  5. 5. Who are we? —Your Partners in OER OCW is only one type of Open Educational Resource (OER). OERs are only one type of Open Content. We have much to share with each other. Open Educational Resources Open Content OCW Open Sharing, Global Benefits February 3, 2009
  6. 6. The OCW Consortium —Mission <ul><li>The OpenCourseWare Consortium is a collaboration of more than 200 higher education institutions and associated organizations from around the world creating a broad and deep body of open educational content using a shared model. The mission of the OpenCourseWare Consortium has been to advance education and empower people worldwide through opencourseware. </li></ul>Open Sharing, Global Benefits February 6, 2009
  7. 7. The OCW Consortium <ul><li>• < 100 live OCW sites </li></ul><ul><li>• < 7,000 courses </li></ul>http: ocwconsortium.org
  8. 8. The OCW Consortium —Growth <ul><li>Growth in Official Membership Since April 2008 </li></ul>
  9. 9. The OCW Consortium —Growth <ul><li>Growth by Region Since April, 2008 </li></ul>
  10. 10. The OCW Consortium —Growth <ul><li>Number of Courses Since October, 2003 </li></ul>
  11. 11. The OCW Consortium —New Members in the Americas <ul><li>Universidad Nacional de Ingenier í a </li></ul><ul><li>University of Alaska Fairbanks </li></ul><ul><li>Open Institute of Law, International. </li></ul><ul><li>Universidad de Manizales </li></ul><ul><li>Funda ç ã o Getulio Vargas - FGV Online </li></ul><ul><li>Universidad de Chile </li></ul><ul><li>Universidad Metropolitana </li></ul><ul><li>Universidad Monte á vila </li></ul><ul><li>Universidad Nacional Experimental del T á chira </li></ul><ul><li>Universidad Ferm í n Toro </li></ul><ul><li>Instituto Technologico de las Americas </li></ul>Open Sharing, Global Benefits February 6, 2009
  12. 12. The OCW Consortium —Members <ul><li>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. </li></ul><ul><li>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). </li></ul>Open Sharing, Global Benefits February 6, 2009
  13. 13. Benefits of Membership —Consultation <ul><li>Whether you’re just starting your OCW site or fine tuning an existing site, the OCWC is available to help you out. </li></ul><ul><li>OCWC conferences and ongoing forums provide OCWC members the opportunity to share solutions and best practices. </li></ul><ul><li>The OCW Toolkit provides recommendations and tools for OCW development. </li></ul>Open Sharing, Global Benefits February 6, 2009
  14. 14. 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>Open Sharing, Global Benefits February 6, 2009
  15. 15. 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 develops e-visibility guidelines for members. </li></ul><ul><li>OCWC members share media exposure. </li></ul>Open Sharing, Global Benefits February 6, 2009
  16. 16. Benefits of Membership —Sustainability <ul><li>Sharing 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>Open Sharing, Global Benefits February 6, 2009
  17. 17. <ul><li>Who are we? </li></ul><ul><li>What are we doing here? </li></ul><ul><li>Where are we going from here? </li></ul>Open Sharing, Global Benefits February 6, 2009
  18. 18. What are we doing here?
  19. 19. What are we doing here? —Connexions <ul><li>Institutions using Connexions as a platform for OCW </li></ul><ul><li>Connections between the two communities </li></ul>Open Sharing, Global Benefits February 6, 2009
  20. 20. Current Projects —OCWC Toolkit <ul><li>http://www. ocwconsortium .org/toolkit </li></ul>(Toolbox photo by skitz: http://www. flickr .com/photos/skistz/398429879/sizes/l/ . Released under CC-BY.)
  21. 21. Current Projects —Discipline-Based Content Collaborations <ul><li>OER Health </li></ul><ul><li>GEM4 </li></ul><ul><li>Bioinformatics </li></ul><ul><li>International Association for Political Science Students </li></ul>Open Sharing, Global Benefits February 6, 2009
  22. 22. Current Projects —Technological Collaborations <ul><li>Social Sourcing of eduCommons </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>Open Sharing, Global Benefits February 6, 2009
  23. 23. Current Projects —Fair Use Working Group <ul><li>Sharing of Best Practices in Intellectual Property Management </li></ul><ul><li>Tool Development </li></ul><ul><li>Development and Articulation of Community Standards within and across Legal Jurisdictions </li></ul>Open Sharing, Global Benefits February 6, 2009
  24. 24. <ul><li>Who are we? </li></ul><ul><li>What are we doing here? </li></ul><ul><li>Where are we going from here? </li></ul>Open Sharing, Global Benefits February 6, 2009
  25. 25. April 21-24 Monterrey, Mexico <ul><li>www.ocwconsortium.org/monterrey2009 </li></ul>
  26. 26. Paper / Workshop Proposals Due February 16 <ul><li>www.ocwconsortium.org/monterrey2009 </li></ul>
  27. 27. Where are we going? —Mission The mission of the OpenCourseWare Consortium is to advance education and empower people worldwide through opencourseware. The mission of the OpenCourseWare Consortium is to advance formal and informal learning through the worldwide sharing and use of free, open, high-quality education materials organized as courses. Open Sharing, Global Benefits February 6, 2009
  28. 28. Where are we going? —Goals 1. Increase the quantity of OpenCourseWare materials available 2. Increase the value of OpenCourseWare materials to all users worldwide 3. Build and enable an OCW movement and connect it to the wider OER community 4. Improve the Consortium infrastructure Open Sharing, Global Benefits February 6, 2009
  29. 29. Where are we going? —Initiatives <ul><li>Put knowledge online for producers (e.g. best practices, tools, techniques, etc). </li></ul><ul><li>Foster a broad selection of, and growing quantity of, courses. </li></ul><ul><li>Promote OCW through both mass media (e.g. public relations) and through advocacy. </li></ul>Open Sharing, Global Benefits February 6, 2009
  30. 30. Where are we going? —Initiatives <ul><li>Articulate and understand user demand for all types of users. </li></ul><ul><li>Make OCW offerings efficiently and effectively discoverable across the web, including the support of appropriate taxonomies, metadata. </li></ul>Open Sharing, Global Benefits February 6, 2009
  31. 31. Where are we going? —Initiatives <ul><li>Help under-resourced countries and institutions fully participate in OCWC </li></ul><ul><li>Organize and support rich, direct communication with the OCW community, including creating mechanisms that foster and help weave together a distributed OCW movement. </li></ul>Open Sharing, Global Benefits February 6, 2009
  32. 32. Thank You! Visit The OpenCourseWare Consortium portal at http://www.ocwconsortium.org Contact the Consortium at: [email_address]

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