OpenCourseWare (OCW) indicates a project intended to put free in line of the courses of university level, in the same way that the free software are it. Generally, the courses come with a license from distribution and not very restrictive modification, often a license Creative Commons.
HistoryIt includes the MIT OpenCourseWare , project launched in 2001 by the Massachusetts Institute off Technology (MIT) with an aim of putting on line all the educational material used within the framework of the courses given to MIT, which they are of level baccalaureat, control or doctoral. Moreover, MIT began to put free on line all the material which it uses, the date ridge-plow being end of 2007.
MIT met two major hurdles at the time of the implementation of the project: (1) to determine all the authors of the material and (2) to convert with the electronic format this material. Curiously, in spite of the authorized former efforts, the personnel and faculties are not opposed to the project. The personnel and faculties retained to them Royalty, which explains partly why they were not opposed to the free distribution of the courses.
In 2005, several projects of comparable nature that of MIT decided to form OpenCourseWare Consortium, which was given for mission of increasing the material available, while supporting some a broader distribution in a long-term prospect.
See too; External bonds
- Learn for free online, BBC
- MIT Everywhere, Wired
- Opencourseware How To, MIT. Document produces detailing the decisions taken, the stages to be supplemented and the obstacles to be crossed for the installation of the MIT OpenCourseWare .
- Open Courseware Consortium
- Wharton OpenCourseWare - Knowledge Project. Site listing of the free courses in administration of the businesses.
- Center for Open and Sustainable Learning
; Repertories OpenCourseWare and sites of research
- OpenCourseWare Finder
- Open Courseware Directory
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