Friday, June 1, 2012

Open Course Ware

ocw consortium home pageWhen MIT launched it's Open Courseware project in 2001, Charles Vest, then President of MIT, described it as a "web based program that will provide free access to primary materials for virtually every course at MIT." He explained that they expected this project to provide benefit to the public by raising the quality of learning for all but also benefit MIT itself by helping attract students and allow more focus on human interaction which he called the "core of learning." He also expressed his hope that it would inspire other institutions to follow suit and share their materials as well.

Over 10 years on, this hope is now a reality with the Open Courseware Consortium now made up of nearly 300 members.  They recently held a conference in Cambridge which I was unable to attend but which I followed via twitter and the web.  I collected some highlights into the following Storify: