Wednesday, July 27, 2005

MERLOT '05: OpenCourseWare part 2 notes

The second session was much the same as the first, except for a demo of the eduCommons software near the end, which was for me the most valuable aspect of both presentations.

OpenCourseWare (OCW) is covered under creative commons licensing. The transparency of OCW is beneficial for students in that it allows them to "shop" for courses through looking at the syllabus or getting a feel for the instructor by watching a video lecture. OCW also provides an opportunity to review and brush up skills or learn new ones.

MIT estimates the cost of producing an OCW course at a staggering $20,000. But this estimate includes things like legal fees, faculty buy-off (making it worth their time and energy, securing involvement) and development costs (migrating the content, massaging into new format).

Utah has graciously offered to assist with training, setup, even hosting of OCW instances.

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