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Open Educational Resources: Open Courses

Open Course Definitions

What is an Open Course? 

Open Course is a broad term that extends the concept of "open educational resources" by indicating that not only the content but also the learning and interaction within a course is freely available. There are open courses on a variety of topics, for various groups and ages. Open courses generally do not allow students to earn formal course credit or degrees. (Some colleges and universities may offer a credit earning version of some of their open courses, for an added fee; for example, U of C, Irvine)

What is "OpenCourseWare"?

An OpenCourseWare (OCW) is a free and open digital publication of high quality college and university‐level educational materials.  These materials are organized as courses, and often include course planning materials and evaluation tools as well as thematic content.  OpenCourseWare are free and openly licensed, accessible to anyone, anytime via the internet. (defintion from the OpenCourseWare Consortium).  Like other open courses, OpenCourseWare generally do not allow students to earn formal course credit or degrees.

What is a MOOC?

MOOC is an acronym for “Massive Open Online Course." It is a course that anyone with an internet connection can attend for free.



Focusing on K-12

Open Course Resources




Open Teaching Materials