Education-Portal.com just announced the winners of their first annual OCW People’s Choice Awards, which honor the best of the Open Education Movement. Over 4000 people voted for their best educational resources in this inaugural contest.
College Open Textbooks was recognized as the OCW People’s Choice Winner for Most Open. According to Education-Portal.com, “Openness is a key part of any OCW – after all, it’s in the name. But what providers excel at giving their users a wealth of material to access and lots of different ways to do it? The nominees in this category all understand that to make courseware truly open, variety and depth are key.” The finalists included Massive Open Online Courses (MOOC) and UC Irvine OCW.
Other winners included Open Course Library, FGV Online, African Virtual University OER, Open Study, MIT Physics and more. For more information on the complete list of winners, go to http://education-portal.com/articles/OCW_Peoples_Choice_Award_Winners_Final_List.html
The Open Courseware Consortium (OCW Consortium) announced a new partnership with the Community College Consortium for Open Educational Resources (CCCOER) to maximize the impact of open courseware to community college students, faculty, and learners worldwide. CCCOER has over 200 affiliated colleges nationwide and in Canada while the OCW Consortium has 250 colleges and universities worldwide, which will benefit from their combined resources.
Dr. Judy Baker, dean of Technology and Innovation at Foothill College and one of the founders of the CCCOER stated “Both CCCOER and the OCW Consortium serve to increase access to education for students with limited means, which makes this partnership powerful. When educators pool their expertise to foster a culture of shared knowledge, everyone benefits.”
The partnership between CCCOER and the OCW Consortium allows us to raise awareness and broaden access to higher education with new audiences”, commented Mary Lou Forward, executive director of the OCW Consortium.
The Europe Asia Business School is located in Pune, the capital of the state of Maharashtra, India. It is said to be the cultural center of Maharashtra. On May 14, this school hosted an Open Courseware seminar with the MIT Senior Associate Dean.
An interesting point was brought up by Dr. Nikhil Agarwal, Director Europe Asia Business School. He emphasizes that when we speak of technology bringing educational resources to the people, we should focus more on mobile devices. To support this point, Dr. Nikhil Agarwal brings up the fact that there are over 600 million mobile users in India compared to 70 million computer users. That is quite a big difference. Dr. Agarwal says, “I think in near future, the most important medium for imparting continuous education will be mobile phones & televisions”.
So, I think the developers of open Courseware and OpenTextbooks should investigate and strive to make these resources available via mobile technology as well as computers.