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Open Educational Resources


PREFACE: About this

PREFACE: About this Handbook MOOCs and Open Educational Resources: A Handbook for Educators is being made available for university faculty, educators, and educational producers involved in producing online courses. It is hoped that some utility may be found in its pages by all kinds of readers, whether one is a staff videographer or a chaired senior faculty member or a freelance video editor, or in any position around and in between. The structure of this Handbook follows the key stages of video course production, with analysis and support at its core dedicated to methods of keeping video content free through all the stages of course pre-production, production, post-production, and distribution. The Handbook also provides some notes on the history of online course production and Open Courseware (OCW) and some thoughts about the future of educational video. There is no doubt now that the video production community with new stakes in education is growing, as is the educational community with new stakes in video production. Books will forever be important, and in-class, in-person instruction will forever be as essential to effective teaching as it is to parenting, but video has become the dominant communications medium of many of our lives, and screens—computer screens, cell phone screens, and tablets—the new, dominant form of information transmission. With the growth of educational video production as a field accelerating, we think several opportunities might be emerging for further work: • Producing and showcasing freely licensed MOOCs. It would be good to see the field of educational video production—parts of the field, or the field as a whole— produce more educational video explicitly under free licenses, and with a modern open educational resources (OER) model in mind. Early readers of this Handbook in manuscript noted that it would be helpful for educational video producers and funders now to “get a real price tag on open.” How do we get to know that producing freely licensed content costs $XYZ per hour more (or less) than video that is in some way locked down? The educational video production community can do this by dedicating itself to producing new MOOCs on essential topics under free licenses—and carefully documenting the results! • Making OCW compliant with Open Educational Resources. Several philanthropies—including original funders of OCW—have begun to look at Open Courseware and said, in effect, “What would be truly extraordinary is if all this content were available under free licenses.” OCW, from what we PREFACE: About this Handbook 5

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