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Higher Ed in the News

Universities put courses on Web for exposure

November 1, 2010

OpenCourseWare Consortium, a worldwide organization of about 250 academic institutions around the world, believes universities get 'global engagement' from posting courses online.

Harvard, MIT, Stanford, Yale, and the University of Michigan  all now offer substantial portions of their courses online. In Britain, the Open University, which has been delivering distance learning for over 40 years, offers free online courses in every discipline on the OpenLearn website. Open University also maintains a dedicated YouTube channel and has often had courses listed on the top 10 downloads at iTunes University.

Most OpenCourseWare is in English, but its website offers courses in Chinese, Dutch, Japanese, Russian, Spanish and Hebrew.

Much of the early work on Open Education was financed by wealthy universities or foundations, especially the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, whose mission includes using “technology to help equalize the distribution of high quality knowledge.”

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