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Asia rising in the OCW world

At the Asian OCW/Open Education Regional Conference (AROOC) 2011.  It’s clear that Asia is moving into the fore of OCW publication.  OCW in Asia is more widespread than anywhere else in the world, with 213 institutions sharing more than 3,500 courses.

Members of the Japan OCW Consortium and participants in the Korea OCW program have each published more than 1,000 courses each, and members of the Taiwan OCW Consortium have published around 450 courses, three quarters of which include video lectures.

Even more impressive is the way that these univerisites are beginning to leverage the open content they’ve created to reimagine how they provide campus-based education, experimenting with inverted classrooms, tuition reduction, and student generation of content.

This information is drawn from presentations that will be available via streaming media soon.  I’ll post a link when I have it.


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  1. Robert Schuwer said, on November 8, 2011 at 3:06 am

    Hi Steve,

    Impressive results. I have already read something about Korean government measurements to stimulate OCW development and (re)use. Are Japanese, Taiwan or Chinese government also involved and if so, what actions do they undertake to stimulate (re)use of OER?

    Robert Schuwer

    • scarsonmsm said, on November 8, 2011 at 3:10 am

      It sounds like the Chinese government is reshaping the top quality courses around the OCW model, and I think there is some level of government involvement in Taiwan as well. Not so much in Japan that I can see, though the Ministry of Education did send a representative to AROOC.

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