Introducing the Open Education Information Center

Remember the OCWC Toolkit?

The OpenCourseWare Consortium’s Toolkit came about from the Discussion forum on the Consortium website in 2007. People asked questions like how to install a CMS for an OER project or what to say when talking to top administrators about starting a project. Contents were added by community members to create what became the OCWC Toolkit. Years have passed, and many things have changed. There is much more diversity in open educational practices, technology has advanced greatly, and the way people think about open and sharing has also evolved.

People still have questions, though.  Some questions are from people just starting with open education, and are similar to the questions asked several years ago.  Other questions come from people who are trying new things. We’ve gathered together the most frequently asked questions to start something more useful than a one-size-fits-all toolkit – The Open Education Information Center. The Info Center aims to answer questions on all aspects of open education, serving as the an information and discussion hub.

We want to expand the Open Education Information Center and make it really useful, no matter your level of experience or your role. The Info Center is a community effort to share “what and how” of open education. You can help us make this an excellent resource by submitting your questions, suggestions, and information about open education. On the Info Center page, you will see a “Submit Info” button.  You can submit questions and answers, or submit a question only. Towards the bottom of that page, you will see a list of events. If you know of an event related to open education, you can submit that information, too.

One great feature of the Info Center is the Community Forum function. Each page of the Info Center presents a topic, and at the end of the page, you will be able to join a conversation on that topic. Browse through the topics of interest and share with us your expertise and thoughts. Your experiences and ideas are very valuable to others. Let’s build the Open Education Information Center together to be THE place to find everything on open education.

The Open Education Consortium Welcomes New Members (July 2015)

The Open Education Consortium is pleased to announce the addition of the following new members: Institutional Members 1. Hanze University of Applied Sciences, (Netherlands) Hanze University of Applied Sciences (Hanze UAS), Groningen – the Netherlands, has establishments in Groningen, Assen, Leeuwarden and Amsterdam with approximately 26000 students and 3000 staff members. Hanze University of Applied Sciences, […]

Open MOOCs Offered Through the OECx Partnership Expand

Hokkaido University, Tufts University, and Universidad Politécnica de Madrid (UPM), are currently running open MOOCs this month on the edX platform through the OECx partnership program.   OEC entered into a partnership with edX last April to allow its member institutions to re-use existing open courseware to develop Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs).   The re-use of […]

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Open Portfolio at OC@KU Webinar

Open College@Kaplan University (OC@KU) explains Open Portfolio: a structured learning environment, in this free, open webinar.  Please join us to get a demo of how the tool works. DATE: Wednesday, July 22, 2015 TIME: 1:00 pm EDT, 10:00 am PDT Offered through Open College at Kaplan University (OC@KU), Open Portfolio provides a single location that […]

And the Winners Are…

The Open Education Consortium is pleased to again announce the winners of its annual ACE awards—which provide annual recognition to outstanding contributions in the Open Education Consortium community. These awards recognize distinctive open education sites, technological innovations, notable open courses, and exemplary leaders in Open Education worldwide. “The Consortium greatly appreciates the enormous and significant […]