Exactly 10 years ago, on 16th of October 2007, we launched the website ocw.tudelft.nl (see my blog post). We started with 10 courses from 3 master programmes. 10 years later we have 200 courses on the site and many more initiative that happened because of OpenCourseWare, such as iTunesU, our MOOCs on edX, our open & online education programme, our open science programme. Below a short video we made for the celebration.
From the beginning I have been involved with the project and looking back I'm very proud of the impact we have had with small OpenCourseWare project. Not only outside the university for learners around the world, but also within the university. Check out our special page we created to give an overview of 10 years of OpenCourseWare.
In the last couple of years we have been working hard to embed open education in the core of the university. Part of this is sustaining it in our university policies. This means that it is included in TU Delft's Vision on Education. The document describes our educational goals and quality ambitions, and states directions for further development of our educational portfolio and our way of teaching and learning. The document states:
As an open academic community we see it as part of our public mission to:
- Share latest insights from our research with our students, alumni, working professionals and learners all over the world and become a learning community in which we learn and collaborate to solve the challenges of our time
- Share our courses and course materials with a global public by publishing them under an open license that allows re‐use for non‐commercial ends
The new institutional strategic framework will also include important statements about open education and open science. It will be finalised later this year.
in the short term some celebration during the Open Education Week in March. The big event next year will be the Open Education Global Conference we are organising together with Open Education Consortium. You have one week left to submit a proposal!
In the long we continue to support our academic staff to opening up the education and research. Open should become the default for our researchers and teachers.