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OER from Washington state schools

by on November 1, 2011

Open Course Library

A new open education resources project just launched from the state of Washington.  It’s called the Open Course Library, and offers materials for 42 courses.

Topics range across the curriculum, from English composition to basic algebra.  Materials are shared under the CC-BY Creative Commons license.  They are also available through Connexions.

That’s Phase 1.  Phase 2 is in construction.  39 more courses are expected, according to Inside Higher Ed.

OCL was launched by the Washington State Board for Community and Technical Colleges (SBCTC)

Several thoughts:

“For employers, it’s about up-skilling the labor force,” said Shaunta Hyde, State Board member and director of Global Aviation Policy for Boeing Commercial Airplanes. “Open Educational Resources will help people earn industry-recognized degrees and credentials more quickly at lower cost. Evidence shows the burden of high college expenses can impact student success and degree completion. So the Open Course Library is good for business and leads to an improved employment outlook for students.”

  • Support comes from several sources, including Washington state, the Gates Foundation, and SBCTC schools.
  • The partnership pattern is very interesting.  OCL links with Connexions, the Saylor Foundation, and the Gates.  SBCTC is also a member of the OCW Consortium.

(thanks to Grace Pang)

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