OCW usually includes items such as lecture notes, reading lists, course assignments, syllabi, study materials, tests, samples and simulations. Much work in this regard has been done by the OpenCourseWare Consortium (www.ocwconsortium.org).There are currently over 2,500 open courses available from over 200 Universities. Users can find course materials by browsing individual university OpenCourseWare websites or by searching across all courses in the OCW Consortium’s website. Similarly, the Multimedia Educational Resource for Learning and Teaching Online (MERLOT) provides free and open resources designed primarily for faculty and students of higher education (www.merlot.org). MERLOT allows users to find peer reviewed online teaching and learning materials, and share advice and expertise.
The Consortium for Educational Communication (CEC) is an inter-university centre on electronic media, established by the University Grants Commission (UGC). CEC’s Learning Object Repository (LOR) houses educational resources in different subjects such as Archaeology, Biology, Botany, Chemistry, Commerce, Computer Science, Economics, Education, English and Fine Arts.
NPTEL provides E-learning through online Web and Video courses in Engineering, Science and humanities streams. The mission of NPTEL is to enhance the quality of engineering education in the country by providing free online courseware.
Saylor Foundation Interface.
Founded by a corporate CEO, the Saylor Foundation offers complete, freely accessible packages for college-level courses in business, science, math, engineering, the humanities, and the social sciences. Courses are designed to be easily used by students who are working entirely on their own, outside of any formal educational system.
Open Course Library Interface (Washington State Board for Community and Technical Colleges
It is a collection of high quality, free-to-use courses that can be download and use for teaching. All content is stored in Google docs making it easy to access, browse and download. Open Course Library offers downloadable files in Common Cartridge and ANGEL, which are compatible with other course management systems.
Academic Earth Interface.
This independent non profit collects videos from the lecture-halls of universities around the country. Watch a semester’s worth of video lectures from a given university course, or find accurate collection of lectures from the archive on a particular theme. No other course materials are offered. While the Web site lists 30 partner institutions, several only provide informational videos or links to their online degree programs. But overall, hundreds of instructors’ lectures are provided. .
Khan Academy Interface.
Khan Academy offers open educational resources primarily in mathematics and science but has expanded to include other subject areas. These 3,000 plus online videos are self paced and allow students to focus on the specific lessons they need help with.
OER Commans Open Educational Resources
was spearheaded in 2007 by ISKME, is a non profit education research institute dedicated to innovation in open education content and practices.
ISKME is an independent, education nonprofit whose mission is to improve the practice of continuous learning, collaboration, and change in the education sector. Established in 2002, ISKME conducts social science research, develops research-based innovations, and facilitates innovation that improves knowledge sharing in education. .
MIT Open Course ware Interface
MIT’s OCW began to provide users with open access to class syllabi, lecture notes, course calendars, problem sets and solutions, examinations, reading lists, and even a selection of video lectures in 2003. MIT Open Courseware http://ocw.mit.edu
currently makes available 1,900 courses on the Internet at no cost for non-commercial purposes.
Building on the success of MIT OpenCourseWare, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology joined the Massively Open Online Course (MOOC) movement with the announcement of MITx. This initiative will make courses available to students attending MIT, and is open to anyone interested in taking a course. These courses will include recorded lectures, course material, and assessments, which can be organized in a student portfolio. After completing a determined sequence of courses, a student will be awarded a certificate indicating completion.
Another well-known institutional source of HE OER is OpenLearn. The Open University is one of the world’s most successful distance education universities. Users can find hundreds of free study units across twelve topic areas, each with a discussion forum.
The other open educational resource project is the Ekalavya project launched by IIT, Bombay. In this project, the content is developed in various Indian languages and is distributed through the internet. These are part of the curriculum at IIT Bombay and are recorded to be disseminated in the Open Source for wider outreach. The courses offered are intended to cover a variety of subjects useful to the student community.
Open University of Hong Kong Interface http://freecourseware.ouhk.edu.hk/fc/php/index.php?ref=
The Open University of Hong Kong (http://freecourseware.ouhk.edu.hk) , being the major local provider of distance education, offers free opportunities for interested students to have a genuine experience of distance education. Some of the courses are presented in Chinese.
National University of Columbia Interface
UCT Open Content (http://opencontent.uct.ac.za) which allows users to accessing open teaching and learning content from the University of Cape Town (UCT).
HEAL Digital Repository Interface
TUFTS OpenCourseware Repository Interface
Tufts OpenCourseWare is part of a new educational movement initiated by MIT that provides free access to course content for everyone online. Tufts' course offerings demonstrate the University's strength in the life sciences in addition to its multidisciplinary approach, international perspective and underlying ethic of service to its local, national and international communities.
Fulbright Economics Teaching Program Interface http://www.fetp.edu.vn/en/opencourseware/fetp-opencourseware/
FETP Open CourseWare is not a long distance learning project, rather it is a resource for people working or studying in policy – related fields to increase their knowledge and explore new approaches to learning and curriculam development.
Stanford University School of Engineering Interface
The Stanford University School of Engineering (http://see.stanford.edu) provides access to lecture videos, reading lists and other course hand outs, quizzes and tests. Stanford encourages fellow educators to use Stanford Engineering course materials in their own classrooms. A Creative Commons licence allows for free and open use, reuse, adaptation and redistribution of Stanford Engineering Everywhere material
AgEcon (http://ageconsearch.umn.edu) is a free, open access repository of fulltext scholarly literature in agricultural and applied economics, including working papers, conference papers and journal articles. There are 68 subject headings, which run the full gamut of agricultural economics and agribusiness.
Content Creation Initiatives
Besides OCW initiatives, there are other initiatives focused on creating learning resources that can be used to form courses or stimulate discussion and share advice around using OER.
Connexions Interface Access:
Launched in 1999 by Rice University, offers users the ability not only to create content but to repurpose others’ content to include in a course. Currently it includes more than 17,000 learning objects in a range of disciplines. The benefit of Connexions is the ability of an instructor to pull from a range of learning objects and organize the material to create his or her own course. Connexions offer textbooks, journal articles, learning objects, and assignments. Once organized, the material can be viewed as either a PDF or EPUBS document for distribution to students. .
Similarly, WikiEducator and Curriki have made huge impact in the OER Movement. Launched in 2003 by the Commonwealth of Learning (COL), WikiEducator (http://wikieducator.org) is an evolving community focussed on collaboration.
• planning of education projects linked with the development of free content
• development of free content on WikiEducator for eLearning
• building of open education resources (OERs) on how to create OERs
• networking on funding proposals developed as free content
Curriki (www.curriki.org) is a website where the community shares and collaborates on free and open source curricula. Curriki is a community of educators, students and committed education experts who are working together to create quality materials that will benefit teachers and students around the world. It is an online environment created to support the development and free distribution of world-class educational materials to anyone who needs them.
OER Africa Interface
It is involved in promoting the use of OER in Africa and supporting individuals and organizations in creating OER: OER Africa is also involved in numerous projects supporting the adoption of OER in a number of HEI across Africa. The site not only allows access to African developed resources, but also allows users to follow a documented process of how the materials were created. The website provides a space for various OER projects in Africa.