Speakers Mary Lou Forward, Meena Hwang and Una Daly
Developing a profile of our global audience through aggregated surveys of OER and OCW users worldwide.
What are the demographics of those looking of open education resources and open courses? based on their surveys, most of the people visiting http://www.educationportal.com are mostly over 40. They are getting mostly life-long learners. Only a third of the visitors are there to support their studies. The most popular answer to their survey was “to update my job skills.”
People were visiting from 57 different countries.
All of this points out the importance of translations.,
Survey data is up at http://www.ocwconsortium.org
There was then examples of a wide variety of users who provided comments about how folks are using OCW. There are huge communities being built around open content around the world. One site in China that hosts ed videos and a microblogging has 1.4 million followers. One study group has 3000 members.
Una Daly got up to talk about who is using the open repositories. She discussed the OER advocate training programs, online communities of practice, and adopter communities. She mentioned the grant around adoption of OERs and the Hoopa Tribe Reader.
- CC News: The Power of Open (creativecommons.org)
- Big Winner: OUR Open Course Library (elearningcentralia.wordpress.com)
- Sir John Daniel of the Commonwealth of Learning: Open Education and Policy (creativecommons.org)