In our increasingly interconnected world, the web plays an evolving role in the dissemination of knowledge and the ways in which we learn. We can read newspapers, magazines, and books online; download podcasts on innumerable topics; use wikis to build our own collaborative online learning spaces; attend classes remotely; and listen to publicly available college lectures via iTunes U.
In recent years, institutions of higher learning have begun to examine the potential of sharing course lectures online, for free, with the world. On the forefront of this movement is the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), which launched a web-based publication known as MIT OpenCourseWare (OCW), offering "virtually all MIT course content" to the world, for free. Following this model, many universities and colleges worldwide have joined the OpenCourseWare Consortium.
At NYU, the Faculty of Arts and Science, in collaboration with members of the larger University community, began a semester-long OpenCourseWare pilot project this fall. In this podcast, FAS Dean for the Social Sciences Dalton Conley and ITS' Director of Academic Technologies Heather Stewart discuss the reasons for the pilot; the philosophy behind OpenCourseWare, its pedagogical benefits, and its future; and why sharing NYU course lectures online could be an aspect of our role as a "global network university."
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Heather Stewart is Director of ITS Academic Technology Services.
Many thanks to Paul Galando for recording and producing this podcast.