Creating open educational resources
Creating open educational resources

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Creating open educational resources

Round 3: Facts and figures

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Question 1

Answer the following questions in the space provided.

What was announced in 2001?

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MIT’s OpenCourseWare [Tip: hold Ctrl and click a link to open it in a new tab. (Hide tip)] , which at the time of writing has more than 1900 courses available freely and openly online for anyone, anywhere, to adapt, translate and redistribute.

Question 2

How many members are in the OpenCourseWare Consortium? And how many open courses must they each provide?

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Today there are more than 200 members, each of which has agreed to make at least ten courses available in open form.

Question 3

How many of MIT’s OCW free courses have been downloaded from iTunes U?

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3.7 million.

Question 4

How much has the British government spent on OERs?

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£12 million.

Question 5

How many visitors have there been to the OU’s Open Research Online since its launch in 2006?

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More than 1.2 million.

Question 6

How much would an OER university degree cost?

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According to a 2011 article on the Times Higher Education’s website, Wayne Mackintosh (director of the Open Education Resource Foundation) said that an OER university degree could cost ‘10–15 per cent’ of a traditional degree.

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