Essay The Gap Of Open Course Ware

816 Words Nov 30th, 2015 4 Pages
“It is not by muscle, speed, or physical dexterity that great things are achieved, but by reflection, force of character, and judgement.” These words of Marcus Tullius Cicero are significant in today’s global education environment. In order “to reflect to achieve great things” information and knowledge is needed. The recent rise of Open Course Ware (OCW) gives marginalized people access to knowledge and educational experiences. According to the Open Education (OEC), education is an essential tool for individuals and society to solve the challenges of the present and seize the opportunities of the future (OEC, n.d.) This is the rationale that lead to the creation of MIT’s brainchild Open Course Ware (OCW).
The good news is that with the rise of the technology the educational playing field has been leveled. Or has it? In this post, we will examine educational merit of open course ware.. First, a bit of history. Simonson explains, the open education movement grew out of a broad combination of philosophies that had earlier laid the groundwork for open source software, open data and open design standards. Early initiatives include the establishment of the Merlot learning object repository in the late 1990’s and the MIT Open Courseware project in 2002, in which online materials and learning activities from 50 courses were made freely available. (Simonson, 2015). MIT’s Open Course Ware (OCW) is a free and open digital publication of high quality college and…

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