- Vice President Education and Operations TU Delft
- Former President of the OpenCourseWare Consortium
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Our university embraced “open” many years ago, making scientific knowledge accessible online to all levels of society free of charge. To name a few, in 2007 we started sharing educational resources as OpenCourseWare. In 2014 we started an innovation programme around Open & Online Education and we have created many MOOCs since, with over 1,3 million learners participating. And in 2016 we initiated our OpenScience programme overarching open education and research, leading to the formulation of the open access policy and the creation of a data framework policy (in other words, policy for research data management). Now, in 2017, the year that the Open Education Consortium has declared ‘The Year of Open’, we are taking another step forward. In the TU Delft Year of Open we will organise activities to raise awareness among scientists, lecturers, administrators, and students about the importance of open science.
This year, there will be another full open science programme that you too can take part in. Examples include the Open Education Week in March, the launch of the open science course in June, the ten-year anniversary of OpenCourseWare, and the Open Access Week in October.
So keep your eyes and ears open and regularly check the website for all the interesting activities that will happen as part of The Year of Open.
A global perspective
The Year of Open is a global focus on open processes, systems, and tools, created through collaborative approaches, that enhance our education, businesses, governments, and organisations, organised by the Open Education Consortium. Open as a mindset about the way we should meet collective needs and address challenges.
Communities around the world are bringing open practices to many different fields, such as open source software, open government, open data, and of course open education. Open represents freedom, transparency, equity and participation. When something is openly created and released, the intent is for others to use it, contribute to its development and make it better for everyone, whether that’s adding more features or information, or finding errors and fixing them (source). Learn more about the global Year of Open.
Next Monday marks the start of the Open Education Week. Supported by the Open Education Consortium, many activities will be organised between 9-13 March worldwide to raise awareness about open education.
At Delft University of Technology we will organise a number of interesting local activities at our campus. We will share experiences with open education, the impact on campus education and society. Please join us if you are around. You can find the full programme at the open TU Delft website, and to give you an idea, here’s the programme in short:
- On Monday 9 March we will organise a Research Seminar and an Education Seminar, where our own TU Delft colleagues and colleagues from other universities will share their experiences
- On Tuesday 10 March our TU Delft e-learning developers will provide a workshop for lecturers: how to develop a course design based on Open Education and how to use Open Education Resources
- On Wednesday 11 March the TU Delft New Media Center will organise a tour of our recording studio for our lecturers
- And finally on Thursday 12 March we will have a debate for students with our student council about the future of Open Education. I will take part in this debate as well.
I am happy to already see so much interest from our teaching staff for these activities: already we have more than 200 registrations.
In The Netherlands some other activities will take place as well, organised by SURF. SURF will broadcast 5 lunch lectures, one of which is a lecture by TU Delft about the state of Open Education worldwide. It will also release a theme issue around how to reach new audiences through Open & Online Education.
There have been so many new developments in online education in the least few years – MOOCs, SPOCs, professional online education, to name a few – that we sometimes forget why we started all of this: to provide education to everyone who wants to learn and to improve the quality of education. Open Education helps us doing just that.
At the Global OCW Conference in Boston I was elected as president of the OCW Consortium, succeeding MIT’s Steve Carson. Steve chaired the board for three years. A real honour, especially since the OCW movement is developing rapidly. More members, new countries, Community Colleges joining, interesting expriments on how to use OCW and OER and a growing interest from governments.
The board has members from Asia (Korea and Japan), Africa (South Africa), South America (Brasil), North America (USA) and Europe (Spain and Netherlands).
OpenCourseWare: the next phase
The OCW Consortium annual conference is a major success. As OCW is celebrating its 10th anniversary, many of us feel that we are entering a new phase:
- we have turned into a real inclusive, global movemement with more than 250 members
- from a focus on the production of OCW and OER towards the user
- great presentations by people from all over the world: Indonesia, Africa, Brazil, the US, UK, Spain ..
- a growing interest among governments, foundations, international organisations, universities, schools and colleges
- new projects on community building (such as groups of self learners studying OCW together), credits, peer to peer studying
Hal Plotkin: "There is no way this is going to stop now." Vic Vuchic: "My dream is that OCW will build a true and authentic international learning community."
The global OCW consortium has been active for a few years now and the OCW movement is gaining pace.
Delft University of Technology is considering to start a European OCW Consortium as the European regional part of the global Consortium. Goals:
- Speed up OCW development in the European Union
- Enable European higher education institutions to exchange experiences
- Better inform EU governments about what OCW can do for their educational policies
- Get more producers and users of OCW materials on board
I believe that OCW can make a strong contribution to the EU’s agenda’s on Life Long Learning and Digital Europe. Interested? Send your reaction.
The OCW consortium will organise its 5th annual conference. This years theme is:
Educational Policy and OpenCourseWare
Meet colleagues from different countries and discuss how governments use OCW in their educational policies, get information on tips & tricks, business models for financing OCW at your institution and the latest developments in OCW.
The conference will take place in Hanoi from 5-7 May. Join us! More info on the conference and how to register: http://www.ocwconsortium.org/