OpenCourseWare (OCW) has freed many educators and students from a commitment to traditional textbooks that are, for some subjects, obsolete moments after they appear on the shelves and are very expensive. OCW materials are distributed via the Internet to whomever who wants to use them, supporting students and lifelong learners alike.
Because they are electronic publications, it is easy to update them whenever there is a need and they are easy to share. The infographic below provides a short history of the movement and what’s happening within it today.
One of the organizations cited on the infographic, MERLOT (the Mulitimedia Educational Resource for Learning and Online Teaching), has a site that I recommend highly. I peer review for that site and can say that it offers many high-quality resources for teachers. Check it out and I’m sure you’ll agree. In fact, check them all out and I am sure you will find a plethora of resources to use in your classroom.