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Senior Lecturer in Automotive Electronics in Helsinki Metropolia UAS.

Metropolia UAS joins the OpenCourseWare consortium

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(This is my own translation of the original Finnish press announcement. Please use and spread the text freely.)

30th May 2011

Metropolia is the first Finnish institute of higher education to join the OpenCourseWare consortium

Metropolia UAS has been accepted to join the OpenCourseWare (OCW) consortium. The purpose of the consortium is to share its members expertise via free-to-use learning materials. Metropolia is the pioneer in introduction of the OCW in Finland.

The produced open course material will be published on a separate website, which is opened in the autumn 2011. The content will be licensed with Creative Commons -license allowing to freely use and edit the material, as long as the author of the original work is mentioned.

The OCW membership supports the role of Metropolia in being an open and dynamic learning community.

– The online encyclopedia Wikipedia is an excellent example of the fact that openness is a practical principle not only in computer software, but also in producing quality written content, says Vesa Linja-aho, who works as senior lecturer in automotive electronics in Metropolia.

– If I consider a traditional textbook, and I find it lacks a topic I want to include in my course, it is hard or impossible to add it in and print a new version of the book. But if the book is licensed with an open license,  it’s easy to modify it and even edit off the material not needed on the course.

Worldwide open sharing of the courseware can help the students to digest hard topics better, when they can compare the material by different teachers and universities in the OCW portal.

OpenCourseWare was born in MIT on year 2002, when the university decided to publish some of its courses with open license on the internet. Some years later MIT chose to publish all courses on its OCW website. The OCW has since become worldwide consortium with about 200 institutional members over the world.

Metropolia UAS is the second institute of higher education in the Nordic countries to join OCW.

Press contact:

Senior lecturer Vesa Linja-aho, firstname.lastname@metropolia.fi

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Written by linjaaho

May 30, 2011 at 1:05 pm

Posted in Open Education

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  1. This is just a great peace of news. Congratulations to you too. I have funny feeling that you have done something to promote it. I am anxious to deliver my material to everyone before I retire in three years.

    Markku Jantunen

    May 30, 2011 at 2:35 pm


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