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As far as iBerry is concerned the term, 'Open Courseware' (OCW), simply refers to courseware made openly accessible on the web by any institution or individual. OCW includes the impressively large collection of course materials published by the OpenCourseWare Consortium (OCWC) and subject to Creative Commons Licenses. Today's OCW is unlikely to be offered in the traditional sense of instructor-led packages with access to experts, fellow students, formal exams and certification. That's usually for paying customers only whereas OCW is typically a byproduct of a traditional course, providing some subset of lecture notes, assignments, slides, images, practice exams, videoed lectures etc. and published in a static form with little possibility for learner interaction.
From time to time iBerry intends to feature examples of the best Open Courseware (OCW). Rather than attempting authoritative reviews of content the focus will be on why a particular OCW item is considered notable from the point of view of the online learner. Anyone is welcome to contribute or suggest some really first-class OCW (Comment below or contact iBerry)
Outline - Prof Crapo presents a theoretical analysis of religion as a cultural phenomenon exploring the functional relationships between religion, culture, society, and the individual.
Feedback on any aspect of iBerry's activities is always appreciated but the following issues are central in the evolution of this Academic Porthole and constructive comment on these is particularly welcome.
Not a few "Open Courseware (OCW)" sites present the would-be user with the type of message shown above, or the equivalent in the form of login boxes and other restrictions preventing full access to course materials. No doubt the reasons are many and varied, ranging from marketing ploys that supposedly encourage (paying) students to sign up, to plain errors in website design. There's so much OCW out there now isn't it time to restrict the term to courseware that really is open and complete, at least as far as the major educational content is concerned? There are grey areas of course but now, in 2010, surely basic OCW should come with typed lecture notes and/or videoed lectures and if assignments, projects and quizzes and exams (particularly with solutions!) are thrown in too, then so much the better. Maybe by 2020 we would expect a lot more but at present even stalwart OCW creators such as MIT OpenCourseWare don't always live up to basic standards and much of what goes under the OCW banner is of little immediate use to many online learners.
The following summarizes iBerry's plans for 2010. We depend on the efforts of Registered Users and anyone else who cares to help. Your input is appreciated and feedback of course is always welcome - please contact us!
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We also wish everyone a happy and prosperous New Year.
How do you use iBerry? - if at all! This is the question we ask ourselves from time to time and, to be honest, we have a very incomplete idea of who our visitors are and why they bother to come. Now that the Open Courseware Directory is becoming larger and at the same time we are developing the OCW2 Project, there is more work involved and we are concerned about the cost effective use of our very limited resources. In broad terms, our mission is is to foster free and accessible Higher Education by every appropriate means but there are obviously many ways of going about this (see About iBerry and also The Open Global Education Network).
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