Skin in the game
There’s been some talk in the OER/OCW community about the transition of many projects from grant funding to other sources of revenue, and what the impact on the movement might be. I’m happy to share some news that indicates the strength of the movement–commitments just announced by 14 of the longstanding members of the OpenCourseWare Consortium to provide $25,000 each over the next five years to fund Consortium activities, for a total commitment of $350,000. Not only are these 14 organizations able to fund their OCW programs, but they are able to provide substantial support to the global movement as well.
In addition, other members of the Consortium are paying regular membership dues this year of between $50 and $500 dollars for the first time. We’ve now reached a point in the movement where in addition to publishing courseware, schools and other member organizations are putting significant financial skin in the game to support the Consortium. These contributions won’t cover the entire cost of Consortium activities, and the OCWC will continue to look for grants and sponsorships to help fund activities. But this is a big chunk, and demonstrates the value members see in both the mission and the organization.
Here are the organizations making the sustaining member commitments:
China Open Resources for Education (China)
Delft University of Technology (the Netherlands)
Japan OpenCourseWare Consortium (Japan)
Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health (United States)
Korea OpenCourseWare Consortium (Korea)
Massachusetts Institute of Technology (United States)
Open Universiteit (the Netherlands)
Tecnológico de Monterrey (Mexico)
Tufts University (United States)
Universidad Politécnica de Madrid (Spain)
University of California, Irvine (United States)
University of Michigan (United States)
University of the Western Cape (South Africa).
Read more here.