Thursday, September 28, 2006

OpenEd 2006 Conference

I‘ve been attending the OpenEd 2006 conference at Utah State University the last two days. It's been a wonderful conference, and it is very encouraging to see the interest in open educational resources (OER), and especially the OpenCourseWare (OCW) Consortium from so many institutions around the world. The Consortium has grown to over 100 member institutions. My hat-is-off to the land-grants that have embraced the OCW: Utah State, Michigan State, and MIT.

I was hoping to see many more land-grants embracing open-education, and to be in attendance here. And of course, I was disappointed. There are only four land-grants represented at the meeting: MIT (many people), Utah State (many people), Penn State (2), and North Carolina State University (me). Now, I wouldn‘t pretend that NC State is headed down the open-education path, but it was exciting to hear about Penn State and to see them here. The rumor is that Penn State is getting ready to embrace OCW and has an active Plone development group. If Penn State were to come-over to the side of the enlightened it would be big. People look to Penn State as a leader in the land-grant system and their adoption would surely bring many others. We can hope!

So here‘s the current list of land-grants worthy of a shoutout:

  • Massachusetts Institute of Technology

  • Utah State University

  • Michigan State University

  • Penn State?

Only 102 to go!

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