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Open CourseWare Presented

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March 3, 2006. On February 23, John Dehlin, Director of Outreach for the Center for Open and Sustainable Learning (COSL) based at Utah State University, joined CCNMTL for a presentation on the OpenCourseWare movement in which he described eduCommons, software that is available to assist universities interested in hosting open courses.

Dehlin provided an overview of the OpenCourseWare project, which was inaugurated in 1999 when the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) began making their university course materials available for free on the Internet. Today, the materials for over 1,200 courses can be found on Many other universities, including Johns Hopkins, Harvard, Tufts, Michigan, Utah State, Notre Dame, and several Japanese universities are now creating OpenCourseWare sites as well. These sites are providing tangible benefit to the participating universities, departments, and faculty - not to mention learners all over the world.

Mr. Dehlin also discussed the OpenCourseWare Consortium, recently formed to provide support, awareness, and membership affiliation to all institutions who are interested in joining the OpenCourseWare movement.

The session was attended by staff from the Libraries, CUIT, Teachers College, and CCNMTL, as well as students interested in the movement.

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