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Open courseware or how to study for free

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An OpenCourseWare (OCW) is an open digital publication, offered free of charge, that provides high quality educational materials for colleges and universities. These study materials are generally organized into courses, and often include planning materials and evaluation tools, in addition to educational content. Such studies do not typically provide certification or access to direct teacher assistance.

How OpenCourseWare was created

The OpenCourseWare project started in 1999 when the University of Tübingen in Germany published online video lectures. The movement gained popularity with the launch of MIT OpenCourseWare at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in 2002, followed by other major universities in the United States.

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Goals

The Open Education Consortium is a community formed of higher education institutions and organizations committed to promoting and advancing open education worldwide. Open Education combines the traditions of knowledge sharing with the advances of the latest technological advancements to create an open educational resource database, relevant to a great variety of learner needs.

Classic style education is limited by class capacity of higher education institutions, so it is only available to a limited number of students. Open Education helps individuals and societies solve these challenges and open the way to a global audience that may benefit from free, high-quality educational resources.

Benefits

OpenCourseWare fulfils people’s desire to learn, and offers benefits to many interested groups:

  • Students can get additional information, viewpoints and materials to help them succeed.
  • Workers gain valuable help for their jobs can learn something that will help them on the job.
  • Faculty members can exchange ideas and information with peers around the world.
  • Researchers share data and develop new networks.
  • Teachers find improved ways to help students learn.

Materials may be translated, edited, improved, mixed together and shared. Education has never been more available and free to such a vast audience.

Universities in the spotlight

Durham University

Durham, United Kingdom

Established in 1832, Durham University is the third oldest university in England and one of the world’s leading centres of scholarship and learning. The University has two sites; Durham City, where 13 of the University’s colleges are based, and Queen’s Campus at Stockton, which is home to our remaining two colleges. Both locations offer a range of academic facilities, innovative modern buildings with all the amenities you will need for the best possible student experience.

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Tallinn University

Tallinn, Estonia

Tallinn University (TU) is a continuously developing, modern university. The university's main strengths lie in the fields of humanities and social sciences, as well as a strong and constantly growing component in the field of the natural and exact sciences.

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University of Surrey

Guildford, United Kingdom

We are a global university with a world-class research profile and an enterprising spirit. Inventive and forward-thinking, our heritage shows a recurring theme of going our own way, doing things differently – and achieving notable results.

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Institute of Education, University of London

London, United Kingdom

The Institute of Education is the University of London’s specialist university for education and related studies. Ranked first in the world for education (QS University Ranking 2014) and first in the UK for education research (Research Assessment Exercise), the IOE upholds its outstanding international reputation as world leader in the field. Located in the heart of central London, IOE students enjoy a privileged position in one of the best student cities in the world.

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SDA Bocconi School of Management

Milano, Italy

SDA Bocconi is the leading School of Management in Italy and also stands among the top-ranked European Institutions. Founded in 1971, with its over 40-year experience, SDA Bocconi School of Management is a pioneer in business education in Italy: its hallmark is innovation and far-reaching modelling that manifest themselves through a wide array of executive courses and master programs. The School offers a Full-time MBA and a Global Executive MBA in English as well as a modular Executive MBA and an Evening Executive MBA in Italian. It also offers 10 Full-time Specialized Master Programs (5 International + 5 in Italian) and 6 Executive Specialized Master Programs (2 International + 4 in Italian). Furthermore, the School offers a large variety of Executive Education Open and Custom Programs each year.

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