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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.


Ever wonder what it’s like to direct MIT OpenCourseWare’s publication?

Posted in MIT OpenCourseWare, Open Educational Resources, OpenCourseWare, publication by scarsonmsm on May 12, 2011

Now’s your chance to find out. Dan Carchidi, our publication director for the last several years, has announced his departure for a position at UNH. For me this is a personal as well as professional loss, as I count Dan as a friend as well as trusted colleague, but this is an opportunity for someone else to take on a job that is challenging and rewarding in equal measure. This is a job for someone with both a thorough understanding of the open ed world and outstanding project and program management skills. Here’s the posting at MIT.

‘Cause numbers are just fun

As we approach the 10th anniversary year for MIT OpenCourseWare, I’ve been trying to pull together a few numbers to encapsulate ten years of open sharing.

One of the first projects I worked on in ’03 when I joined the team was the development of a database to track workflow and publication information. Built in Filemaker, the system (in a new iteration done by a professional developer) is still one of the workhorses of our operation, and the system of record for much of our activity. Here are a few high level numbers culled from the system:

  • 5,464 course records – We have 2013 courses on the site, so the rest are in process, archived, abandoned, or never pursued.
  • 11,266 contributor records – The Rolodex of the project—anyone who’s contributed content to the project or worked on the staff.
  • 35,826 object records – These are intellectual property “objects,” i.e. anything we need to get permission for. These don’t include the overall permissions for the course that we secure from the contributing faculty, but are the charts, graphs, illustrations—the third party materials. Note not all of these were permissioned; some were cited and removed and some were replaced with other materials.
  • 3,734 reused objects – IP objects previously cleared that reappeared in other courses. Good to see. Some of this is for new versions of the same course, but a fair amount is cross-pollenization.
  • 41,697 feedback e-mails received – 8,015 flagged as positive, 762 flagged as negative, the rest mostly inquiries.
  • 5,818 donations made to the project – We really appreciate the support and it’s an important part of our sustainability model.

More numbers, big and small as we approach the 10th anniversary!