open courseware


Der Fortschritt lebt vom Austausch des Wissens
(Progress is based on the exchange of knowledge)

Open Educational Resources

For the educator resources on the internet are often like a double sided sword. On one side they might be very successfully applied in the teaching process, on the other side the licensing is not often clearly expressed, or access to the resource might be restricted, or even prohibitively expensive. Here freely available open educational resources become increasingly more relevant - not only for the process of formal teaching and learning in institutions dedicated to this task, but more important for self-guided learning also in the context of professional development.


More recorded lectures at your fingertips - Thanks for adding to the list

A week ago I posted my list of portals of recorded academic lectures and talks with free and open access. More portals have been added by readers using my entry form. Thank you all! Here is a revised list of the portals. I did arrange them alphabetically.

  • Academic Earth
    Quote:Thousands of video lectures from the world's top scholars
    Many different subjects.


Your lecture might be just a few clicks away

In today's lecture we talked about the possibility to freely access recorded lectures over the internet. This can be an alternative for students, if


Offene Lehrveranstaltungen durch Web 2.0 Techniken

Bei dem 6. Darmstädter E-Learning Tag an der TU Darmstadt zu dem Thema "OpenLearnware - Offene Bildungsressourcen für alle" konnte ich meine Erfahrungen mit verschiedenen Web 2.0 Anwendungen im Rahmen eines Vortrags "Offene Lehrveranstaltungen mit Web 2.0 Techniken" vorstellen.


Jimmy Ruska's: Top 10 Universities With Free online Courses

In preparation of my talk on open courseware and web 2.0 technologies and how and why I share my course content by web 2.0 technologies, I came across the list of the Top 10 Universities With Free Courses Online. Many thanks to Jimmy Ruska for compiling this list. The list does offer direct links to webcasts, RSS feeds, videos, podcasts, along with informations what other free resources like media players are required.


How and why do I share the content of my courses - First ideas

I have to give a presentation next week on how and why I am sharing the content of my courses. To gather some ideas I have created a mindmap with some links and examples. You can follow this link: "Sharing course material", or use the embedded version. You can drag the image around using the mouse.



Report: Open Educational Practices and Resources

This report gives a very interesting overview of the current state and possible trends in open educational practices and resources. The report was compiled by the "Open e-Learning Content Observatory Services (OLCOS)" project funded by the European Commission.

One of the important messages of the report is that educational practices have to change considerably in order to make the best use of open educational resources. Barriers identified in the report include:


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