I had a wonderful time yesterday visiting with the staff, administration and guests at the New Jersey Institute of Technology during yesterday’s Open U Day. Thanks to Gale Spak and Bill Reynolds for being such wonderful hosts, and for the warm welcome from Don Sebastian, Rich Sweeny, Jim Robertson and others.
I was also thrilled to see the recently launched NJIT OpenCourseWare, which contains 18 video courses and should hit 36 very soon, making it one of the larger collections of video courses in the Consortium. A special shout out to Blake Haggerty, the one-man band that helps faculty get the materials on line.
Congrats to the entire team there and to NJIT for showing institutional commitment at all levels to open sharing. Great to have NJIT as part of the OpenCourseWare community.
At his talk today on MIT’s campus, Bill Gates discussed the impact OCW is having on both global education and his own personal education. He says he’s watched the lectures from 11 of our 33 courses with full video lecture recordings, and has his sights set on two more. He does a great job in just a few minutes of capturing both the promise and the challenges of open education at this point in the game. Full video of the event is available from MIT AMPS.