Date: 09 Sep 2010

Open Educational Resources: Motivations, Logistics and Sustainability

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Abstract

On a cool summer’s day in Paris in 2002 (UNESCO 2002) a group of 34 people from around the World gathered together to discuss a phenomenon that had been growing rapidly in importance: the availability of free educational content over the Internet. UNESCO and the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation had brought this eclectic mix of nationalities and professions together to look at how best to promote and develop the open content movement. Attention was centred on Anne Margulies as she introduced the Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s (MIT) new OpenCourseWare (OCW) project, where much of the university’s material was about to be given away freely to any learner or educator who wished to use it.