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OCWC Global 2011: Panel on Early adopters of OCW

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Patrick McAndrew
4 May 2011

Some of those who started OCW in the years after MIT updating on their experience introduced by Mary-Lou Forward.

Sukon Kanchanaraksa (John Hopkins) built up medical resources in particular images. See the open provision as part of a spectrum from Academic degrees - certificates - continuing education - OCW. Without OCW there would be a gap and the educational content would not be available to all who needed.

Notre Dame launched in 2006 as a way to contribute to the common good. Focus on social and cultural material. Some of their open courses have had big spikes in interest: Creole Langauge and Culture (supporting Haiti), Islamic Societies of middle East and North Africa (as actions happen in that part of the world), Nuclear warfare (Japanese earthquake and aspects of disaster management). Have added new courses of local benefit to students and also used OER to provide greater global reach and visibility. Uses the educommons framework to release courses that are complete as possible.

Mary Lee (Tufts) aim to address "world's complex challenges through innovative teaching and research". Had some exisitn free digital resources but OCW meant a big scale up to launch in 2004. Led to further open initiatives - latest is Aquapedia to share open actions at Tufts. OCW proveided several benefits and Tufts fed back into the formation of the OCW Consortium as well as new content and tools (Perseus, TUSK, VUE). 

Pedro Aranzadi, Universia was formed by Santander Bank in 2000  with aims to promote innovation and joint projects and help students into employment. 1200 member universities carrying out various actions. Agreed to translate from MIT courses into Spanish and helped bring institutions to OCWC. 1000 courses now provided from memeber institutions. OCW has helped improve connection with teachers (while working with mangers is easy (money), students is also easy (beer) teachers are more difficult and generally only get one chance!) OCW has helped to establish Universia and increase profile. 

Yoshima Fukuhara (Meiji University and Japanese OCW). A consortium approach taken in Japan with aim to launch simultaneously OCW as felt had fallen behind. Develop both Japanese and a smaller number of English courses. They carry out regular sample surveys since 2006 ~ 1200 users per year: "How do you think about this activity?" >90% +ve. "Aware of universities opening up lectures?" <30% aware. 

Presentation on behalf of Fun-Den Wang (CORE). Followed formation of the "IET Foundation" giving scholarships in China. Adopted OCW and current trends are much greater interest in video OCW courses and a move towards "Open Universtities" which will offer OER. In the future expect to offer certificates linked to OCW and integrated the Chinese OCW with localised international OCW.

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Patrick McAndrew
9:47pm 4 May 2011


How does OCW fit with the future of institutions?

Move from needing to teach computer skills to expecting everythign online: powerpoints, syllabus, ebooks, resources, journals, discussions.... Now need to think of smaller units. So much is changing - need to change to match service to people (Tufts). Make OCW more learner-centric and make more communicative (JOCW).

How do keep things up to date and maintained?

If we see something that needs doing then will do it (Notre Dame). But also keep the original available (JOCW). A challenge is the change in curriculum away from traditional courses - again more modular topical approaches may help within a new structure (Tufts).

What about feedback?

People appreciate the feedback and having people try being open and see worries are unfounded helps. open.tufts portal part of sharing (Tufts). Already faculty get feedback so OCW extending the idea. (Notre Dame)

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