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Wednesday, October 17 • 11:20am - 12:05pm
Assessment of the usefulness and impact of OCW Scholar courses

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In 2011, MIT OpenCourseWare began publishing a series of 20 unique courses designed for independent learners. This paper explores the usefulness and impact of these resources. With the support of the Stanton Foundation, MIT OpenCourseWare set out to create resources that were not simply documents taken from classrooms and published online, but instead resources in which classroom content had been transformed into content designed for online learning, being both substantially complete and organized in logical sequences. While representing a new approach to course publication for MIT OpenCourseWare, the materials nonetheless held to the OCW model of being content only, without peer or faculty interaction and without certification. Through a series of surveys and interviews, and through analysis of web analytics, MIT OpenCourseWare has conducted a study of the usefulness and impact of these resources.


Steve Carson

Associate Director, Membership Management, J-WEL, MIT Open Learning

Wednesday October 17, 2012 11:20am - 12:05pm PDT
C680 - HSBC Hall

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