OCWC Global 2011: Celebrating 10 years of OpenCourseWare

Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA

May 4, 2011 – May 6, 2011

Pre-Conference Workshops - Tuesday, May 3

Sessions will be held at the Boston Marriott Cambridge.

OERopoly Workshop: Learning about OER Communities, Collaboration and Contexts
Teresa Connolly, Tina Wilson, Elpida Makriyannis, Anna De Liddo and Andy Lane, The Open University
Tuesday, May 3, 9am-12noon

This workshop enables participants to investigate the relationships between the three worlds of OER projects, Web 2.0 technologies and associated online learning communities through the OERopoly board game.

Copyright Workshop: A Game to Help Educate Authors about Copyright and Licensing
TBD, Creative Commons
Tuesday, May 3, 9am-12noon

The workshop includes a card game that allows participants to create multimedia content (a lesson or course) and encourages them to understand the legal conditions of the various component parts (video, text, image, sound).

Analytics Workshop: Understanding Users with Google Analytics
Joe Martis, MIT OpenCourseWare and Hsu-Tien Wan, Taipei Medical University
Tuesday, May 3, 9am-12noon

Web analytics can help individual OCWs and the Consortium as a whole understand how to improve our sites and more importantly better understand our users. As many members of the Consortium are content producers, much of the discussion in the community has been on how to improve the course content. However, as a group, we lack data on our users. At the end of the session, participants will have a clearer understanding of the why and how of using web analytics tools for understanding users, and hopefully a consensus on gathering and sharing data in the OCWC community for creating deeper impact with our projects.

Connexions Workshop: Building the World of Knowledge
Joel Thierstein, Connexions and Rice University
Tuesday, May 3, 1-3pm

The workshop will present the basics of authoring content in Connexions. It will also cover the basics of using the platform to capture the intellectual capital of your educational organization and endorsing content and using content in your educational setting. This year’s new Connexions features include a drag and drop collection editor and an EPUB publishing feature for easily publishing and OER content on your mobile device and eReader.

Accessibility Workshop
Tom Caswell, Washington State Board for Community and Technical Colleges and Jutta Treviranus, Ontario College of Art and Design
Tuesday, May 3, 1-3pm

In this workshop we will share a wide range of strategies for developing more accessible, inclusive OER. We will review accessibility efforts and lessons learned from phase 1 of Washington State’s Open Course Library. We will also share current work from the Flexible Learning for Open Education (FLOE) project, including the Inclusive Learning Handbook and a demo of the latest version of Infusion, a suite of accessible UI tools. Join us!

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