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Open Educational Resources Serve the World

Educause Quarterly Volume 28, Number 3, ISSN 1528-5324


When MIT first announced the OpenCourseWare (OCW) project in the spring of 2001, many people hoped similar projects would proliferate, allowing instructors in less-developed countries to access timely materials to support their teaching--materials that would otherwise never be available to them. This is happening, as part of a quickly spreading, more general zeitgeist. Worldwide movements like open source software exemplify this concept. Many issues remain to be explored, but a number of serendipitous events in the past few years have resulted in an unprecedented sharing of academic resources over the Internet. This article traces the world interest in OCW, describes the development of a project called Connexions, and cites the various OCW projects across the world.


Johnstone, S.M. (2005). Open Educational Resources Serve the World. Educause Quarterly, 28(3), 15-18. Retrieved April 19, 2021 from .

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