The Open Course Library has launched with an additional 39 courses from Phase 2. I’ve been apart of this phase of the grant as a librarian and I’m very proud of the work that the faculty has done in preparing these courses.
In addition to releasing an additional 39 community college courses that have textbook costs either free or less than $30, each course has also been imbued with activities and assignments to develop the information literacy skills of the students. Why is information literacy important? Here’s a quote that sums it up nicely:
“Information literacy is critically important because we are surrounded by a growing ocean of information in all formats. Not all information is created equal: some is authoritative, current, reliable, but some is biased, out of date, misleading, false. The amount of information available is going to keep increasing. The types of technology used to access, manipulate, and create information will likewise expand.” University of Idaho.
The librarians have prepared a presentation to explain a little more of our role in this project. It can be listened to at http://goo.gl/9vrdn, using Blackboard software, so you may need to install something to hear it.
So take some time to explore OCL classes, check out the pedagogy and learning tools. All of the information/assignments/lessons etc are all CC licensed which means you are free to use, copy, remix, change, alter all of it to better meet the needs of your students at your institution.