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:

Try This!

Looking for a way to add some energy to your presentations?  Consider Jing.

Jing is a screencasting tool developed by the TechSmith Corporation and is free to download and use. The software takes a picture or video of the user’s computer screen and uploads it to the Web, computer or clipboard. Jing images can be easily annotated or narrated.

Jing is compatible with both Windows and Macintosh platforms. Users are required to sign up for an account before using the software.

Below is a an example of a screenshot using  Jing taken from the HSB facebook site.

Go Phillies!!

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.