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OpenCourseWare and standards


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Presentation for the IMS Summit on Emerging Standards for the Educational Cloud on 16 February 2011 in Utrecht

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OpenCourseWare and standards

  1. 1. OpenCourseWare and Standards Ir. Willem van Valkenburg
  2. 2. Who am I? <ul><li>Willem van Valkenburg </li></ul><ul><li>Director TU Delft OpenCourseWare </li></ul><ul><li>Manager of TU Delft VLE (Blackboard) </li></ul><ul><li>Projectleader TU Delft Mobile </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul>
  3. 3. Agenda <ul><li>What is OpenCourseWare? </li></ul><ul><li>The OpenCourseWare Consortium </li></ul><ul><li>Usage of OpenCourseWare </li></ul><ul><li>Goals </li></ul><ul><li>Use of standards </li></ul>
  4. 4. What is OpenCourseWare? <ul><li>MIT started in 2001 with two main objectives: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>“ Provide free, searchable, access to MIT's course materials for educators, students, and self-learners around the world.“ </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>“ Create an efficient, standards-based model that other institutions may emulate to openly share and publish their own course materials.&quot; </li></ul></ul>
  5. 5. What is OCW? <ul><li>An OpenCourseWare is a free and open digital publication of high quality educational materials , organized as courses for faculty, students, and self-learners throughout the world. </li></ul><ul><li>An ocw is a collection of high-quality learning materials presented in the form of courses </li></ul><ul><li>An ocw is not a distance-learning initiative: there are no degrees granted and in most cases no student/faculty interactions </li></ul><ul><li>OCW materials are there for the taking and for transformation. </li></ul>
  6. 6. <ul><li>to advance formal and informal learning through the worldwide sharing and use of free, open, high-quality education materials organized as courses. </li></ul>Mission
  7. 7. • ~170 live OCW sites • ~13.000 courses Advancing formal and informal learning through the worldwide sharing and use of free, open, high-quality education materials organized as courses.
  8. 8. Grow in the number of courses
  9. 9. OCW part of the Open Movement <ul><li>OCW is only one type of Open Educational Resource (OER). </li></ul><ul><li>OERs are only one type of Open Content. </li></ul><ul><li>We have much to share with each other. </li></ul>Open Content Open Educational Resources OCW
  10. 10. Users of OCW Source:
  11. 11. Usage of OCW Source: USE SCENARIO % OF USE Educators Improve personal knowledge 31% Learn new teaching methods 23% Incorporate OCW materials into a course 20% Find reference material for my students 15% Develop curriculum for my department or school 8% Students Enhance personal knowledge 46% Complement a current course 34% Plan a course of study 16% Self Learners Explore areas outside my professional field 40% Review basic concepts in my professional field 18% Prepare for future course of study 18% Keep current with developments in my field 17% Complete a work-related project or task 4%
  12. 12. Goals How can we improve the discoverability and reuse, of OCW courses? — OCW Consortium Technology Committee 2006-2007 Source:
  13. 13. Discoverability of courses <ul><li>using Dublin Core via RSS </li></ul><ul><li>Relatively simple to implement </li></ul><ul><li>Dublin Core as a metadata element set </li></ul><ul><ul><li>DC has a base level of descriptive metadata, and it could describe an OCW course </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>DC was understandable to novices </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>IEEE LOM is fairly complex and would provide more description, but we felt the likelihood of getting lots of sites doing high quality metadata was low </li></ul></ul>
  14. 14. “ Federating” OCW Collections <ul><li>OCW Consortium </li></ul><ul><ul><li> </li></ul></ul><ul><li>OCW Search </li></ul><ul><ul><li> </li></ul></ul><ul><li>OER Commons </li></ul><ul><ul><li> </li></ul></ul>
  15. 15. OAI-PMH <ul><li>Protocol for Metadata Harvesting </li></ul><ul><li>Metadata on Course or Object? </li></ul><ul><li>EduCommons supports OAI-PMH </li></ul>
  16. 16. Re-use <ul><li>Complete course </li></ul><ul><ul><li>OpenLearn offers: </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Audio / Video </li></ul><ul><ul><li>iTunesU and YouTube </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Image Library </li></ul><ul><ul><li> </li></ul></ul>
  17. 17. OCW Willem van Valkenburg [email_address]