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March 1, 2010

The Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health Joins Other Leading Universities to Support OpenCourseWare's Future

Universities Pledge Funds to Support OpenCourseWare Consortium

The Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health joins a core group of leaders in the OpenCourseWare community to each pledge $25,000—collectively totaling more than $300,000—over the next five years, to support the OpenCourseWare Consortium, the nonprofit association of global OpenCourseWare publishers. Other members will pay annual dues of $50 to $500 to ensure the Consortium has the funding necessary to catalyze the development and use of OpenCourseWare content worldwide.

This furthers the Bloomberg School of Public Health’s substantial commitment to open education and is an investment in the effort to create a shared body of open educational resources that spans cultures and regions.

“We greatly value OpenCourseWare and the commitment of the consortium," said James Yager, PhD, senior associate dean for Academic Affairs at the Bloomberg School of Public Health. “OpenCourseWare is a natural extension of our School’s mission, which is to share our knowledge to protect health and save lives.”

The Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health is a recognized leader in the OpenCourseWare community. Launched in 2005, JHSPH OpenCourseWare shares educational materials from 90 of its academic courses, seminars and training courses. On average, these materials receive more than 185,000 visits each month.

In addition to the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, the following universities and organizations have each pledged $25,000 over the next five years in support of the OpenCourseWare Consortium: China Open Resources for Education (China), Delft University of Technology (Netherlands), Japan OpenCourseWare Consortium (Japan), Korea OpenCourseWare (Korea), Massachusetts Institute of Technology (United States), Open University Netherlands (Netherlands), Tecnológico de Monterrey (Mexico), Tufts University (United States), Universia.net  (Spain), Universidad Politécnica de Madrid (Spain), University of California, Irvine (United States), University of Michigan (United States), and University of the Western Cape (South Africa).  

To date, the approximately 200 universities of the Consortium have published materials from more than 13,000 courses, available through the Consortium's Website. These materials are freely available online as resources to support informal and formal teaching and learning worldwide, and have received an estimated 100 million visits from virtually every country and region of the world.

About JHSPH OpenCourseWare

JHSPH OpenCourseWare makes available the materials from 90 of its academic courses, seminars, and training courses. The program benefits independent learners in need of resources for their own informal use as well as public health educators in need of curriculum materials for use in formal instruction. JHSPH OpenCourseWare includes materials from a wide range of public health topics, including biostatistics, epidemiology, health policy, environmental science, reproductive health and many others.

About the OpenCourseWare Consortium

The OpenCourseWare Consortium is a collaboration of more than 200 higher education institutions and associated organizations from around the world creating a broad and deep body of open educational content using a shared model. The mission of the OpenCourseWare Consortium is to advance formal and informal learning through the worldwide sharing and use of free, open, high-quality education materials organized as courses.  The OpenCourseWare Consortium is supported in part by a grant from the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation.

About OpenCourseWare

OpenCourseWare (OCW) is course materials—typically including syllabi, lecture notes, assignments, exams and occasionally audio and video recordings of classroom activities—openly published online for reuse and redistribution by educators and learners around the world.

Public Affairs media contact for JHSPH: Tim Parsons at 410-955-7619 or tmparson@jhsph.edu.

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