Congratulations OPENPediatrics, a Tech Awards 2015 Education Laureate

Image of a computer screen with image of a young patient connected to ventilator, and simulation of the ventilator displays.

Screen shot from a video overview of the OPENPediatrics Virtual Ventilator. (Courtesy of OPENPediatrics.)

The Tech Awards is an annual program run by The Tech Museum of Innovation in Silicon Valley to honor a select group of innovative projects and high-impact young companies working in education, healthcare, economic development and the environment. In 2005, MIT OpenCourseWare was named a Tech Awards Education Laureate.

The 2015 Laureates have just been announced, and as always they’re an inspiring group. See the full list.

Congratulations in particular to OPENPediatrics, a fellow member of the Open Education Consortium that provides “free, online medical education content to pediatric health care providers and is used by more than 800 hospitals worldwide.”  Highlights of OPENPediatrics’ content include:

  • The virtual ventilator, an interactive mechanical ventilation training tool. In the coming weeks, the virtual ventilator will be joined by a new peritoneal dialysis simulator that has already received recognition.
  • A recently released Nursing Cardiac Intensive Care Unit guided learning pathway, including 36 videos and associated assessments, available on their clinician community site.
  • World Shared Practice Forum series of videos that feature world experts on the forefront of pediatric care, structured to foster global asynchronous discussion.
  • A public multimedia library of animations and illustrations drawn from OPENPediatrics’ videos, openly licensed and available for free download.

Join us for Open Education Week

Graphic promoting Open Education Week 2015.

With local events, webinars and other online gatherings, videos, and a wealth of openly-licensed good cheer, the 300+ global members of the Open Education Consortium are celebrating Open Education Week 2015.  It starts today, March 9, and runs until March 13. Check out their website for details.

MIT OpenCourseWare is participating in a 24-hour “tweet-athon” called #AllAboutOpen. This event, organized by Kaplan University, begins at 8:00 AM EDT on Wednesday March 11. You can interact with us and all the other participants by tweeting questions, comments, and tips for success with open educational resources. MIT OpenCourseWare will be specifically featured from 8:00 PM to 8:30 PM EDT on Wednesday March 11, discussing how our OCW Educator initiative takes you behind the teaching scenes with MIT faculty.

OCW Consortium is now Open Education Consortium

Last week at their annual conference in Ljubljana, Slovenia, the OpenCourseWare Consortium announced its new name: the Open Education Consortium.

The new name embraces trends in higher education globally towards open sharing and scaling access to education through technology, tools and open content.

“Open Education presents many opportunities to develop 21st century teaching and learning”, said Mary Lou Forward, Executive Director of the Open Education Consortium. “We are excited that governments, institutions, educators and learners around the world are showing increased interest in open education and committed to helping build a future where sharing knowledge openly becomes standard everyday practice.”

Visit their new website at http://www.openedconsortium.org/

Winners of 2014 Site, Course, and Project Awards for OpenCourseWare Excellence (OCW Consortium)

The OpenCourseWare Consortium has announced the 2014 winners of Site, Course, and Project Awards for OpenCourseWare Excellence (ACE).  Congratulations to all!

Site and Course Awards

This year’s Site and Course awards fall into three categories: Outstanding Site, Outstanding Course, and Open MOOC.

Outstanding Site Winners

Outstanding Course Winners

Open MOOC Winners

  • Solar Energy (Delft University of Technology; Dr. Arno Smets)
  • Introduction to Water Treatment (Delft University of Technology; Prof.Dr.Ir. Jules B. van Lier)
  • Pre-Algebra CCC 2013 (Cuyahoga Community College; Professor Idrissa Aidara, Professor Don Gabriel, Professor Curtis Kaschube, Professor Cathleen Rossman, Professor Michael Wilkins, Dr. Belinda Miles, Dr. Charles Dull, Sash Thackaberry, and Cheryl Knight)

Read the full press release on Site and Course Awards.

Project Awards

The Project awards are a new category aiming to recognize efforts that support the production, use and/or promotion of OCW/OER in ways other than the creation and use of material resource, and fall into two categories: Creative Innovation and Open Research..

Creative Innovation Winners

The Creative Innovation Award recognizes outstanding innovations that bring a new approach to Open Education. These may be ideas or solutions presented as sites, courses or projects that substantially improve the discoverability, presentation, usability, accessibility or availability of course materials.

  • Sésamath (SESAMATH)
  • Slidewiki (Rheinische Friedrich-Wilhelms-Universität Bonn; Darya Tarasowa, Ali Khalili, Sören Auer)

Open Research Winners

The Open Research Award recognizes excellence in research studies about open education and/or related areas. These may be studies that help advance our understanding and demonstrate effectiveness related to challenges in discoverability, presentation, usability, accessibility or availability of OCW/OER.

Read the full press release on Project Awards.

OCW Consortium Welcomes New Members

OCWC_VolunteersBanner_mini.1The Consortium is pleased to announce the addition of two new sustaining members:

Organisation international de la Francophonie (OIF)
Community College Consortium for Open Educational Resources (CCCOER)

To learn about sustaining members of OCWC please click here.

The Consortium welcomes its new members:

1. Neusoft Institute of Information, China
2. SeoulTech, South Korea
3. College of Southern Maryland, USA
4. ETH Zurich, Switzerland
5. Università Telematica Internazionale, Italy

To learn more about these members, click here.

Winners of 2014 Individual Awards for OpenCourseWare Excellence

aceawards2The OpenCourseWare Consortium is pleased to announce the 2014 winners of individual Awards for OpenCourseWare Excellence (ACE).

Anka Mulder, Vice-President for Education and Operations at TU Delft, is the recipient of one of the two OpenCourseWare Consortium’s Leadership ACE.

Prof. Fred Mulder, UNESCO/ICDE Chair in OER at the Open Universiteit in the Netherlands and the former Rector of OUNL, is the second recipient of the OpenCourseWare Consortium’s Leadership ACE.

Dr. Juan Klopper, Professor of Health Science at University of Cape Town, South Africa is the recipient of the OpenCourseWare Consortium’s Educator ACE.

Frederic M. Litto, president of the Brazilian Association for Distance Education-ABED, is the recipient of the OpenCourseWare Consortium’s Lifetime Achievement ACE.

Dr. Martha Kanter, Distinguished Visiting Professor of Higher Education at New York University’s Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development and former U.S. Under Secretary of Education is the recipient of the OpenCourseWare Consortium’s President’s award.

For more information about the winners please click here.

Congratulations to the winners for their outstanding accomplishments in Open Education!

Copyright meets Internet (The Harvard Gazette)

The Harvard Gazette recently published an excellent write-up on the complicated issues surrounding copyright and fair use in the MOOC environment.  Here’s a taste of the piece:

…the Copyright Act and its accompanying legal guidelines has long provided those in higher education with a right of exception, letting educators reproduce copyrighted works as long as the material does not exceed fair use and is, in recent decisions, “transformative to the educational experience.”

“The concept of ‘transformative fair use’ allows the use of copyrighted material in a manner, or for a purpose, that differs from the original use in such a way that the expression, meaning, or message is essentially new,” Courtney said.

Yet with drag-and-drop technologies and the ability to cut and paste entire books or images, there are an increasing number of caveats. Faculty members are not just grappling with the fair-use question by reinterpreting “transformative use” in their lectures, they are also pioneering new kinds of collaborations with publishers for their traditional syllabus materials. Moreover, the explosion of online learning, experimental by nature, has proven a natural breeding ground for such test cases.  Read more.

These are issues that were confronted a number of years ago in the OpenCourseWare community, and—through the leadership of MIT OpenCourseWare’s Intellectual Property Manager Lindsey Weeramuni and otherscode_large_7_july_11—resulted in the development of a Code of Best Practices in Fair Use for OpenCourseWare, which has served the community well as a standard of shared practice in this domain.  The code is one of a number developed by the Center for Media and Social Impact at American University.