One of the things that I learned recently at the Asia OpenCourseWare Conference was that a major newspaper in Taiwan that publishes US News & World Report-style college rankings has begun considering OpenCourseWare as part of its ranking formula–reportedly 5% of the total.
OCW publication is a more widespread practice in Korea than in the US. A government-sponsored site includes more than 1,000 courses from 127 institutions, and the Korea OCW Consortium includes 19 leading universities.
What would happen in the US, I wonder, if US News & WR suddenly began considering transparency and knowledge dissemination as embodied in OCW/OER projects as a part of its formula? I’m sure they are lobbied all the time for changes to the formula, but I think there is a pretty good case to be made here.
After all, schools sharing their educational content openly must be fairly confident it’s of good quality, and OCW certainly aids students in selecting a program that is not only of high quality, but also well suited to their learning styles and interests. Plus OCW/OER demonstrates a serious commitment by the institution in fulfilling its mission to disseminate knowledge and address global educational needs.
Any thoughts on how to start the campaign?