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]

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

M.I.T. :
University of California – Irvine:
Open Courseware Consortium:

10 Tools in 10 Minutes

The following list of recommeded sites was presented at the HSB Council Meeting on November 10, 2009 by Peggy Allen, Jeannine Shantz and Cynthia Slater.

1.MERLOT Business Portal
Tips for using technology to teach business courses ; Learning Materials that you can use in your classes
2. Marketing Charts
Free, downloadable, searchable marketing charts and spreadsheets

3.Free Stock Charts
Web’s best streaming real time stock charts – free!

The latest business profiles, news, financials, social footprint, and marketing strategies, by searching across 50+ Internet business databases

5. Book of Odds
Searchable online database of “odds statements,” the probabilities of everyday life. Search it by keyword or by the odds themselves.

6. 10 Minute Mail
Beat Spam with this disposable email service!
Share your research with academics around the world. HSB Registrants:  Bob Dean (FIN) ,Claire Simmers (MGT), Lucy Ford (MGT)

8.Wolfram Alpha
Not a search engine. “It’s a computational knowledge engine”

9. Citebite
Link directly to quotes in Web pages!
Paste text & URL of the page containing the text. Get a link that opens directly to your selection and highlights it

10. Wi-Fi Detector T-Shirt
Display the current wi-fi signal strength with this stylish Wi-Fi Detector Shirt.


Thinking about a new technology for your classes this year?  Consider Twitter, one of the Web 2.0 services available. Twitter is a free micro-blogging service that enables its users to send and read each others’ updates, known as tweets. Tweets are text-based posts of up to 140 characters, displayed on the author’s profile page and delivered to other users – labeled followers – who have subscribed to them. Senders can restrict delivery to those in their circle of friends or, by default, allow open access. Users can send and receive tweets via the Twitter website.  (Wikipedia)

Several ways to integrate Twitter in academia are given here:

Additional Twitter sites of interest:
Saint Joseph’s University:
Higher Education:
Educause: Twitter and Higher ED: