Models of Open Educational Resources: OpenCourseWare, Sofia, and the Open Learning Initiative


This research bulletin strives to clarify the complex landscape of open educational content by exploring the distinctions, challenges, and accomplishments among programs focused on opencourseware, open content, and open learning. ECAR interviewed individuals at three institutions that are on the leading edge of this movement: Anne H. Margulies of MIT is executive director, OpenCourseWare (OCW); Vivian Sinou of Foothill College is dean, Distance and Mediated Learning, and head of the Sofia Project; and Candace Thille of Carnegie Mellon is Director, Open Learning Initiative (OLI).

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