Get information about free, web-based courseware from the Open Courseware Consortium

Educators, students, and others can find information about universities that make their course content available free of charge via the web by visiting the web site of the OpenCourseWare Consortium. The site is a collaboration of more than 100 higher-education institutions and associated organizations from around the world, such as the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), that are creating a broad and deep body of open educational content using a shared model. The consortium’s goals are to extend the reach and impact of open courseware by encouraging the adoption and adaptation of open educational materials around the world; foster the development of additional open-courseware projects; and ensure the long-term sustainability of open-courseware projects by identifying ways to improve effectiveness and reduce costs. To participate in consortium activities, institutions must have committed to publishing under the institution’s name, and have materials from at least 10 courses in a format that meets the agreed-upon definition of open courseware. Organizations that do not publish their own content but whose activities further the consortium’s goals–such as translation and distribution affiliates–also may participate in consortium activities.

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