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Open Access Resources for Educators : Open Access Courses
Use this guide to help you find links to some of the best sources for shared open access educational content, such as lectures, images, videos, and open textbooks
Open Course is a broad term that extends the concept of "open educational resources" by indicating that not only the content but also the learning and interaction within a course is freely available. There are open courses on a variety of topics, for various groups and ages. Open courses generally do not allow students to earn formal course credit or degrees. (Some colleges and universities may offer a credit earning version of some of their open courses, for an added fee; for example, U of C, Irvine)
What is "OpenCourseWare"?
An OpenCourseWare (OCW) is a free and open digital publication of high quality college and university‐level educational materials. These materials are organized as courses, and often include course planning materials and evaluation tools as well as thematic content. OpenCourseWare are free and openly licensed, accessible to anyone, anytime via the internet. (defintion from the OpenCourseWare Consortium). Like other open courses, OpenCourseWare generally do not allow students to earn formal course credit or degrees.
What is a MOOC?
MOOC is an acronym for “Massive Open Online Course." It is a course that anyone with an internet connection can attend for free.
Benefits of Open Access Courses
There are many benefits of open education:
1) spreads knowledge to regions of the world where poverty or geography makes access to formal education difficult
2) can enhance the overall educational experience by bringing in new resources
3) encourages research and collaborative efforts among faculty
4) creates a flexible learning environment with freedom for user innovation & customization
5) provides students with an important pathway into for-credit coursework (i.e. recruitment)
ITUnes U is home to more than 500,000 free lectures, videos, books, and other resources on thousands of subjects. iTunes U. Stanford, Yale, Oxford, UC Berkeley, MoMA, and the New York Public Library are among the hundreds of institutions that are sharing courses, lectures, videos, books, and other resources with students and lifelong learners all over the world using an ITunes U course site. Students need to download the ITunes app (Windows or Apple) to access via ITunes
The OpenCourseWare Consortium is a collaboration of higher education institutions and associated organizations from around the world creating a broad and deep body of open educational content using a shared model.