Mining Open Courseware

mitopenIs it possible that you’ve become so caught up in developing and licensing your own materials that you’ve forgotten about open courseware?  Searching the web for the term will yield many results, from institutions such as Tufts University, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and the University of California, Irvine.  Just last week, I was speaking with an instructor interested in OER and I happened to mention a MOOC/Open Course out of Tufts about water purification systems.  This instructor’s face lit up because he was, little did I know, a hydrologist looking for just that kind of material.  Although he may not use the entire course, the good thing about OER is that, for the most part, you can take certain parts and remix them with your own or other materials to create the course that you want.

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