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Articles & Resources - Open Content

World listens in online when Cal professor teaches physics (SF Chronicle)

 Article about Berkeley's Google Video project.

The Promise of Open Educational Resources (Change Magazine – citation only; not available online)
The growth of these materials, along with new methods of disseminating them, can give students around the world access to the same high-quality information that U.S. students enjoy.
by Marshall S. Smith and Catherine M. Casserly

UC Berkeley offers courses and symposia through Google Video

The Next Level of Open Source(Inside Higher Ed)
Yale University announcedthat it would be starting a version of an open access online tool for those seeking to gain from its courses. But the basis of the Yale effort will be video of actual courses — every lecture of the course, to be combined with selected class materials. The money behind the Yale effort is coming from the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, which was an early backer of MIT's project, and which sees the Yale project as a way to take the open course idea to the next level.

Berkeley on iTunes U(Berkeley's iNews publication)
A great overview of the program.

Why Study Users? An Environmental Scan of Use and Users of Digital Resources in Humanities and Social Sciences Undergraduate Education (Center for Studies in Higher Ed; Diane Harley)

The Open Educational Resources Movement: Current Status and Prospects (Written by Gary W. Matkin, Dean, Continuing Education, Universityof California, Irvine for theAssociation of Pacific Rim Universities (APRU) conference November 2006)

Opportunity is Knocking: Will Education Open the Door? (article by  Toru Iiyoshi in Carnegie Perspectives)

"Sharing Educational Resources Worldwide: An Interview with Shimizu Yasutaka" (EDUCAUSE REVIEW July/Aug 2006)

Humanities, Social Sciences Should Focus on Improving Digital Resources, Report Says (Chronicle of Higher Ed., July 27, 2006)
"The humanities are very much the culture of the solitary scholar," Mr. Wells said. "And yet it is very clear that the future is collaborative, and technology is not only an enabling factor in that collaboration, but it's also driving the users and consumers of information to a more collaborative understanding. "I think teenagers understand that intuitively – the social spaces of the Internet are places where young people are most drawn and most attracted," he added. "The idea that scholarship is about one person working in the isolation of an office or a library, producing some inspired new interpretation of information, seems very remote from what a lot of young people see as relevant today."

Open Courseware Is Here. Where Are You?: MIT started it, but surely other IHEs can reap the benefits of the open educational resource.
(By Gary W. Matkin; University Business, August 2005)

Open Educational Resources: Stimulating Global Knowledge Sharing (Presentation by Marshall S. Smith and Catherine M. CasserlySeptember 27, 2005; The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation)

Open University announces £5.65 million project to make learning material free on the internet

Openness and Globalization in Higher Education: The Age of the Internet, Terrorism, and Opportunity Charles M. Vest (Center for Studies in higher Education, June 2006)

Are you listening to me?! Podcasting technology doesn't just make courses available to students anytime, anywhere. The doors of Berkeley's classrooms are now open to an eager audience of listeners worldwide(Berkeleyan)
Describes campus's efforts to make podcasts of courses available for free to the public. One faculty member interviewed expressed concern about people misinterpreting her lectures if they don't have background in her field (mental illness/psychology). She wonders why the university is giving away her content...

Information Technology and the Research University: Managing the Digital Ecosystem (Issues in Science and Technology)
Although many have noted the need to adapt to the changing IT environment, few have offered clear suggestions about how university leadership must change to deal with the complexity of the situation. The authors believe that some unusual management strategies are needed, and some very difficult decisions will have to be made. They propose the following as critical strategies for addressing new challenges posed by IT ecosystems in higher education.

  • Creating more robust feedback loops between the members of the academic community who are generating IT innovations and those responsible for supplying a sustainable environment.
  • Collaborating with other universities to develop shared solutions for both intra- and interinstitutional support for academic IT. There are many examples of collaborative efforts among universities in IT.
  • Selecting for adaptive and nonadaptive technologies for resource allocation based on their contributions to our fundamental missions.
  • Revitalizing commitment to open standards to ensure the sustainable and evolvable development of IT in academe.


Timeline of the Open Access Movement. A chronological listing of important technological developments and key events in the evloution of the Open Access Movement. It does a nice job of summarizing the history of the movement, and highlighting in interplay between technological enablers and important jumps in the movement.

Open Content and the Emerging Global Meta-University (Charles M. Vest, President Emeritus of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)). AN excellent overview of MIT's role in the OCW movement, but with a much broader perspective that includes open scholarship more generally, and addresses what he sees as key challenges and issues.


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