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Metropolia UAS has been accepted to join the OpenCourseWare (OCW) consortium. The purpose of the consortium is to share its members expertise via free-to-use learning materials. Metropolia is the pioneer in introduction of the OCW in Finland.
The produced open course material will be published on a separate website, which is opened in the autumn 2011. The content will be licensed with Creative Commons -license allowing to freely use and edit the material, as long as the author of the original work is mentioned.
The OCW membership supports the role of Metropolia in being an open and dynamic learning community.
- The online encyclopedia Wikipedia is an excellent example of the fact that openness is a practical principle not only in computer software, but also in producing quality written content, says Vesa Linja-aho, who works as senior lecturer in automotive electronics in Metropolia.
- If I consider a traditional textbook, and I find it lacks a topic I want to include in my course, it is hard or impossible to add it in and print a new version of the book. But if the book is licensed with an open license, it’s easy to modify it and even edit off the material not needed on the course.
Worldwide open sharing of the courseware can help the students to digest hard topics better, when they can compare the material by different teachers and universities in the OCW portal.
OpenCourseWare was born in MIT on year 2002, when the university decided to publish some of its courses with open license on the internet. Some years later MIT chose to publish all courses on its OCW website. The OCW has since become worldwide consortium with about 200 institutional members over the world.
Metropolia UAS is the second institute of higher education in the Nordic countries to join OCW.