Monday, February 27, 2006

John Dehlin

The OpenCourseWare Movement, John Dehlin, Center for Open and Sustainable Learning

In 1999, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) started a project called "OpenCourseWare", and began making their university course materials available to the world, for free, on the Internet. Today, the materials for over 1200 courses can be found on Many other universities, including Johns Hopkins, Harvard, Tufts, Michigan, Utah State, Notre Dame, and several Japanese universities are creating OpenCourseWare sites as well. These sites are providing tangible benefit to the participating universities, departments and faculty - not to mention learners all over the world. In addition, an OpenCourseWare consortium has recently been formed to provide support, awareness, and membership affiliation to all institutions who are interested in joining the OpenCourseWare movement. In this session, we will discuss the costs and benefits of OpenCourseWare (from an institutional, professorial, and learner perspective). We will also discuss the state of the OpenCourseWare movement, and the technological infrastructure that is available to assist other universities in creating their own OpenCourseWare sites.

Here is the screencast, podcast and Powerpoint

Dan Karleen

Optimizing Your Class Blog for Search Engine Visibility, Dan Karleen, Thompson Peterson’s

Class blogs are becoming an increasingly important part of an institution’s overall footprint on the web. For prospective students interested in a particular subject area, your class blog may be the first place they encounter the university. Because prospective students are used to using search engines to find what they want, your class blogs can add value to this scenario by being optimized for search engine visibility. This brief talk will highlight a few tips you can use to help people find your class blog via search engines on the web.

Here is the screencast, podcast