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OCWC Global 2013

Two weeks ago the OpenCourseWare Consortium organised their annual OCWC Conference, this time in Bali, Indonesia. During the conference we had a chance to explore the global dimensions of the open education movement, recent trends and future directions. During the conference I was fortunate enough to receive two Awards for OpenCourseWare Excelence for the TU Delft, on behalf of the teachers behind these courses:

  • Award for Outstanding text based Course: Delft Design Guide (Ir. Annemiek van Boeien and Jaap Daalhuizen, Faculty of Indstrial Design) and
  • Award for Outstanding Multimedia Course: Introduction to Aerospace Engineering I (Prof. dr. ir. Jacco Hoekstra, faculty of Aerospace Engineering)

My Impression of the conference

My personal impression of the conference is that the Open Education movement has reached a certain level of maturity. I didn’t really see very impressive new developments running in surprising directions.

Obviously there was a lot of attention for MOOCs. I heard a lot of old discussions held all over again; discussions which we had a few years ago about OpenCourseWare which I thought we had tackled already.

A question worth asking however (and asked a lot during the conference) is how MOOCs and OpenCourseWare can exist together. This asks for a strong vision. But TU Delft actually really has a strong vision and a powerful Open Education portfolio, in which OpenCourseWare, Open Educational Resources, MOOCs, Online Distance Education and Campus Education reinforce each other in multiple ways. Is this going to change education? Probably. Should education become more open? Definitely! Moocs as well if you ask me. But how, that’s a different question.

What I didn’t hear during the conference, was how we can re-use existing Open Educational Materials so that our campus education can benefit from it. A lot of presentations still aimed ad producing and sharing materials with others. My presentation did address this question.

The OpenCourseWare movement has reached a point where we need to think about where we should be going. The OpenCourseWare Consortium will adress this question I hope, under their new President Larry Cooperman and new board members among which Willem van Valkenburg.

More re-use of other’s materials, more actual exchange of course materials and more using Open Educational Materials as tools to adress existing demands, problems and goals sounds to me like a good direction, not forgetting or ignoring developments like MOOCs or Online Distance Education. Why not do it both? We’re working hard to reach those goals with our TU Delft Open Education Team.

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