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Webcast today, Cecilia d'Oliveira, executive director of MIT OpenCourseWare on its tenth anniversary and its future

Posted 25 Aug 2011 by 

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This year MIT OpenCourseWare is celebrating its tenth anniversary of providing open access to more than 2,000 courses with course materials including lecture notes, problem sets, syllabuses, exams, simulations, and the video lectures.

Register now for the webcast:
   Cecilia d'Oliveira
   Executive Director
   MIT OpenCourseware
   Today, 2 p.m. (18:00 UTC)

In today's webcast, Cecilia d’Oliveira, executive director of OpenCourseWare, will talk about the history of OpenCourseWare and its vision for the next ten years.

The decision by the MIT faculty in 2001 to allow anyone to use their course content was a groundbreaking move, one that has opened education profoundly. Since then, an estimated 100 million individuals have accessed MIT’s resources.

Susan Hockfield, president of MIT, has said, "OpenCourseWare expresses MIT's goal of advancing education around the world through a global community in which knowledge and ideas are shared openly for the benefit of all."

And OCW has set an ambitious agenda for the program's next decade: to reach one billion minds. Over the next ten years, OCW will expand that progress through a series of initiatives designed to magnify the impact of the program.

The idea of sharing learning materials online didn't start with MIT, but their OCW program helped spur the movement. Today there is an OpenCourseWare Consortium, with hundreds of universities in 49 countries joining together to advance OCW and global education.

As they look into the next decade, OCW plans to spread its availabilty through more mirror sites as well as to mobile platforms. They're also hoping to create communities around the learning and to get educators more involved.

But of course, growing OCW is no easy task. There are always questions of how it can best do its job--and what that job is. Register now to hear d'Oliveira talk more about them today at 2 p.m. (18:00 UTC).

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