ERIC Number: ED478533
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 2003
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Using Open Courseware in Curriculum Development. Fastback 508.
Potter, Kenyon D.
This pamphlet discusses open courseware, exploring its origin and educational potential. "Courseware" includes educational software and electronic course materials. "Open courseware" describes courseware that gives users a significant degree of openness (or accessibility) to these course materials. The courseware provides a technological and legal framework to deliver course materials to teachers and students on demand, holding the potential to overcome economic, temporal and geographic obstacles. This document reviews general strategies and methods for integrating open courseware into the curriculum and examines this courseware's permitted uses and education potential. Unlike other electronic education materials, open courseware is distributed without charge and is disseminated electronically, rather than through printed media, to keep costs down. The document discusses the original source material used in open courseware and cautions that open courseware is copyrighted and is not therefore in the public domain. It describes the typical components of this courseware, as well as the various formats in which it is found. Since each teacher is unique, open courseware serves a valuable role by being adapted into a curriculum in varying degrees of completeness and complexity. Three case studies that demonstrate the use of open courseware are provided. (RJM)
Descriptors: Computer Software, Course Content, Courseware, Curriculum Development, Elementary Secondary Education, Instructional Materials, Integrated Learning Systems
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