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STUDY Open Course Ware (OCW)

Today, most computing software is created and owned by a single company and the software code is a closely guarded and jealously protected secret. However, the open-source movement uses the opposite approach and is a more recent example of cooperatives being formed to serve a common goal.

WHAT IS OCW?

OCW (Open Course Ware )does not mean online courses. The typical offering will consist of lecture notes, course outlines, reading lists, assignments, and similar course elements, as well as experiments, demonstrations, and students' work. At institutions embracing OCW, the courses will be in the context of sequences and programs at these institutions. Thus the institution' s academic offerings will be fully exposed to the world.

OCW is conceptually straightforward: Put course material on the Web and give it away as a worldwide educational resource. Its implications for higher education, however, are anything but simple.

Offering Open CourseWare Worldwide.

One of OCW's most important elements is that the material is offered worldwide, free of charge. In addition to the obvious benefits of such a program, there arise questions such as language translation, cultural differences, the availability of telecommunication services, the economics of Web access, differences in educational systems, potential regulatory factors, and a host of related issues.

WHERE TO FIND?

The leading provider of OCW at present is Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT).Over the next 10 years, as part of this initiative, MIT will post on the Web the substance of more than 2,000 courses. It will make them available to anybody anywhere in the world at no cost.

http://ocw.mit.edu/

Some of the available courses with MIT are :

  • Aeronautics and Astronautics
  • Biological Engineering Division
  • Chemical Engineering
  • Civil and Environmental Engineering
  • Electrical Engineering and Computer Science
  • Materials Science and Engineering
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Nuclear Science and Engineering
  • Ocean Engineering
  • Women's Studies
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    Open CourseWare Finder

    Find open educational resources by typing in the search box or selecting ... TIP: Try typing "video" in the search box to find courses with video lectures. ...

    www.opencontent.org/ocwfinder/

 
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