Open education resources to shape post-pandemic world

“For the past two decades, the world has been building open knowledge on a massive scale, with open educational resources as a cornerstone. The 2001 launches of MIT OpenCourseWare and Creative Commons formed a solid foundation of this global open educational resource movement, which now supports many millions of learners from all walks of life.

Now, as we begin to grapple with the long-term impacts and changes in education brought on by the pandemic year, it’s crucial to assess how open educational resource (OER) tools and resources are reaching those who need and use them most. In this article, we’ll focus on students in Africa….

Beyond its role in sustaining education through the pandemic, OER like MIT OpenCourseWare has several qualities that will be essential in the rebuilding and progress to come, supporting efforts to increase equity and live more sustainably as framed by the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

• OER is inclusive, because it’s open for all to adapt for diverse needs and have all voices reflected.

• OER is resilient, always there when you need it, free to use in classrooms and carry with you through any future disruptions.

• OER is iterative, a collective work in progress that admits the latest insights into what’s working, and what’s not working, as knowledge is created and applied.

• OER is scalable, enabling hyper-local knowledge and lived experiences to be shared and built into a global pool of knowledge….”

Celebrate OCW’s 20th anniversary Tickets, Wed, Apr 7, 2021 at 12:00 PM | Eventbrite

“You’re invited to Celebrate OCW’s 20th anniversary

Wednesday, April 7, 2021 | 12PM – 1PM ET

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This public livestreamed celebration will feature OCW’s impact around the world and plans for the future of open sharing….”

Coursera IPO filing reveals a company successfully monetizing MOOCs

“Although it is still possible to audit many Coursera courses for free, the company has evolved significantly since its early days as a provider of massive open online courses, or MOOCS. The platform’s combination of paid nondegree certificates, stackable degrees and professional credentials has forged a company with an estimated value of between $2.4 billion and $5 billion….”

All You Need is Love: 10 Reasons to Fall in Love with OCW – Open Matters | MIT OpenCourseWare News

“Falling in love. Maybe it’s sudden. Or maybe it’s a slow burn that ignites into full blown euphoria and amazement. Sometimes it’s inexplicable and other times you might need convincing, so here are 10 reasons to fall in love with OCW.

It doesn’t cost a thing. You heard that right—everything on OCW is free! There are more than 2,500 MIT courses and supplemental resources that span both the undergraduate and graduate levels in 34 disciplines all for $0.00.
Lose yourself in hours of video. Have you already watched everything on Netflix? Whether you’re into math, science, economics, or even music, you will find tons of videos to watch on our YouTube channel. Our fans watched 26 million minutes of video last month! …”

Princeton’s Global History Lab receives grant to expand open-access virtual classroom for students worldwide, including refugee and migrant learners

“During the COVID-19 pandemic, Princeton’s Global History Lab (GHL) is continuing to partner with a worldwide network of universities and NGOs to teach history in these challenging times. Through a series of courses taught in conjunction with these partner institutions, as well as a vibrant program of workshops, conferences and research projects, GHL aims to foster truly global conversations, not only among academics, but also among learners hailing from diverse backgrounds….”

Fall Update: Meeting Student Basic Needs During COVID-19 | U.S. PIRG

“While universities moved many or all of their classes online this past spring, publishers and ed tech companies offered temporary free access codes for students to submit homework. Now, those free passes are gone – and beyond their high price, commercial products like these pose numerous problems for students, such as their lack of instructor flexibility, reliance on a strong wifi connection, and student data privacy. Faculty should consider free open educational resources that are more adaptable to their teaching style and this learning environment. The University of Minnesota’s Open Textbook Library, UC Davis’ LibreTexts, and Rice University’s OpenStax are great sources for high quality open materials, with links to free homework solutions. 

This fall, Rutgers University has expanded its Open and Affordable Textbook Program  directly in response to faculty demands to cut student costs because of COVID-19. The program is projected to save over two million dollars for more than 16,000 students over the next few terms. In addition to open textbooks, college and university faculty should consider assigning materials the library already owns, or sharing chapters or select pages from copyrighted books. Stony Brook University has a good guide to fair use of copyrighted materials for educational purposes. …”

Tamarind Tree

“Tamarind Tree is offering free and open online courses to children in the age group of 6 to 14 years – guided by but not limited to the curriculum. With our multilingual live classes we hope to keep our vision of a school without walls alive for millions of children, in these difficult times. We are also signing up volunteer teachers to lead classes of their choice.

Tamarind Tree is part of the global Open Education movement that believes that learning is a right, not a privilege. Knowledge must be free, like the air we breathe.”


OER Course Marking Book Models Best Practices – SPARC

“Marking Open and Affordable Courses: Best Practices and Case Studies was released in May on a free, online platform. Edited by Michelle Reed, Jessica Kirchner, and Sara Hare, the book offers an analysis of the technology, legislation, and cultural change needed—and case studies to illustrate the process. It is designed for administrators, librarians, campus store managers, instructors, registrars, and others interested in affordable resource markings….”