OpenCourseWare Sites

Looking for ways to refresh your courses this summer? Check out the courses posted on Open CourseWare university sites.

OpenCourseWare, or OCW, is a term applied to course materials in a virtual learning environment created by universities and shared freely with the world via the internet. The OCW movement took off with the launch of MIT OpenCourseWare at MIT in October 2002. Since then, a number of universities have created OCW projects. According to the website of the OCW Consortium, an OCW project:

  • is a free and open digital publication of high quality educational materials, organized as courses.
  • is available for use and adaptation under an open license, such as a Creative Commons license.
  • does not typically provide certification or access to instructors.

[OpenCourseWare. (2010, June 11). In Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia. Retrieved 19:19, June 30, 2010, from http://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=OpenCourseWare&oldid=367376607]

Following are links to some OCW sites, to peruse for fresh ideas:

M.I.T. : http://ocw.mit.edu/index.htm
Yale: http://oyc.yale.edu/
University of California – Irvine: http://ocw.uci.edu/courses/
Open Courseware Consortium: http://www.ocwconsortium.org/

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