Thursday, July 19, 2012

#ioe12 OCW: Expansion Pack 2

As part of the researcher badge requirements I need to also contribute some new resources to the course for fellow participants. Here are some sources that I have found interesting:

Academic Articles

Friesen, N. (2009). Open Educational Resources: New Possibilities for Change and Sustainability. International Review of Research in Open and Distance Learning. 10(5). Retrieved from:

This article tackles OER, and OCW is considered as a subset of OER. It examines a number of different OER initiatives and examines the sustainability issues and challenges.

Carson, S. (2009). The unwalled garden: growth of the OpenCourseWare Consortium, 2001-2008. Open Learning, 24(1), 23-29. doi:10.1080/02680510802627787. (download from:

This was an interesting article that tackled the creation and growth of the OCW consortium. It wasn't very in-depth (I think it could have been more) but as a primer it's not bad!

Malloy, T. E., Jensen, G. C., Regan, A., & Reddick, M. (2002). Open courseware and
shared knowledge in higher education. Behavior Research Methods Instruments & Computers, 34, 200-203. (download from:


This was a quite interesting retro-gram. It reminded me that back in the day we used the term courseware as an alternate to the term LMS. You don't tend to hear "courseware" these days unless it's in relation to OCW. It's interesting to look back at these articles, even though they aren't that old, it's interesting to see the evolution of thought.


Web Sources

Seeley Brown, J. & Adler, R. P. (2008) Minds on Fire. Educause:

This article could actually fit anywhere within #ioe12 in that it brings together OCW, OER, Open Source, Web 2.0, social learning and other elements relevant to open learning and open education. I think that it was a pleasant read that you could easily give to your friend, colleague, or student, as a quick primer to open education.

Kirkpatrick, K. L. (2006). OpenCourseWare: An "MIT Thing"?. Searcher 14(6), p. 53-58.:

Interesting article; some of it was a rehash if other OCW readings, but this one also adds some information about the technology behind OCW, the internal process, and some info about the Issues around copyright.

Advancing the OpenCourseWare Movement: Challenges and Achievements:

This was an interesting video to view because it gives you an idea of what MIT OCW has been doing (and how much things cost in terms of money and staffing resources) over the last 10 years of its existence. The peer-reviewed article above does have some information, but I think that it's interesting to see both Steve (the PR director for OCW) and two faculty members 10 years later where they talk about OCW's benefits to MIT and others.


UMass Boston OCW: http://ocw/

A small plug for my own institution's OCW. It's not the biggest, or the most comprehensive, but we sure do try :-) Personally I would love for our university, as a public university, to make a commitment to OCW and have all of our courses on OCW.

Utah State University OCW (Learning Sciences department):

This is a link to the Utah State OCW repository. As an instructional designer I have looked at this repository to see what others schools with instructional design program do. While I do think that some of their courses speak directly to the goals, mission, and objectives of the program at hand (and as such not applicable to the UMB instructional design program), I do think that repositories such as this can help inspire and help cross pollinate other instructional design programs to promote innovation in the field.


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