Today Open Courseware is a common feature among the higher education institutes, especially in the West. Notable among these is MIT Courseware. However, higher education institutes in developing countries like India have also taken a cue from Western Institutes and started providing courseware on the Internet for the benefit of students and teachers alike. For example Egyankosh of IGNOU, SWAYAM of Government of India.
Following are some notable open courseware projects, which students, faculty members and researchers can make use for their studies and research.
SWAYAM: SWAYAM is a programme initiated by Government of India and designed to achieve the three cardinal principles of Education Policy viz., access, equity and quality. The objective of this effort is to take the best teaching learning resources to all, including the most disadvantaged. SWAYAM seeks to bridge the digital divide for students who have hitherto remained untouched by the digital revolution and have not been able to join the mainstream of the knowledge economy.
This is done through an indigenous developed IT platform that facilitates hosting of all the courses, taught in classrooms from 9th class till post-graduation to be accessed by anyone, anywhere at any time. All the courses are interactive, prepared by the best teachers in the country and are available, free of cost to the residents in India. More than 1,000 specially chosen faculty and teachers from across the Country have participated in preparing these courses.
National Programme on Technology Enhanced Learning [NAPTEL]: NPTEL's main aim is to enhance the quality of engineering education in the country by developing curriculum based video and web courses. It is an initiative of IITs and IIsc. The courses are available for access on subscription. However, most of the video lecture's are available for FREE ACCESS on Youtube at: Youtube IIT
eGyanKosh: It is a National Digital Repository to store, index, preserve, distribute and share the digital learning resources developed by the Open and Distance Learning Institutions in the country. The video lecture's are available on Youtube at: Youtube IGNOU eGyanKosh
MIT Open Courseware : MIT OpenCourseWare (OCW) is a web-based publication of virtually all MIT course content. OCW is open and available to the world and is a permanent MIT activity.
BBC Learning English : This website from the BBC aids people learning English, by offering help in the form of 'Words in the News', 'Quizzes', videos via YouTube etc. The teachers section loaded with activities that accompany the many different features on Learning English. In the “Downloads” section on the far right hand side of the page, learners can get the past seven days of audio, video, and text to take away. Explore the site for many more features.
OEDB Free Online Open Courses : It is an index to free online open courses offered by different universities.
OpenLearn : The OpenLearn website gives free access to Open University course materials. This is the LearningSpace, where you'll find hundreds of free study units, each with a discussion forum.
Carnegie Mellon Open Learning Initiative :Carnegie Mellon University offers this site full of course tutoring systems, virtual laboratories, simulations, and frequent opportunities for assessment and feedback to help you learn.
Engineering Pathway : Here you can Learn, Connect, and Create high-quality teaching and learning resources in applied science and math, engineering, computer science/information technology, and engineering technology for use by K-12 and university educators and students.
The Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health's Open Courseware : OCW project provides access to content of the School's most popular courses in the field of health sciences.
University of California Irvine : It is a free and open digital publication of high quality university-level educational materials, often including syllabi, lecture notes, assignments and exams.
University of Notre Dame Open Courseware : Notre Dame OCW is a free and open educational resource for faculty, students, and self-learners throughout the world. It provides open access to the materials used in a variety of courses.
Utah State Open Courseware : It is a collection of educational material used in our formal campus courses, and seeks to provide people around the world with an opportunity to access high quality learning opportunities.