UNESCO-IHE Launches OpenCourseWare

DELFT, 11 March 2013 - UNESCO-IHE Institute for Water Education launched its OpenCourseWare platform today at the start of the Open Education Week. The Institute aims to make all of its educational materials available as OpenCourseWare by 2017.

A first start has been made with three complete courses in Hydrology and Hydraulics, Urban Drainage and Sewerage and Ecological Sanitation. The material includes lecture notes, taped lecture videos and presentations.

The demand for trained water professionals far exceeds the number of professionals the Institute can train. By disseminating this knowledge freely in line with its vision and mission on education, UNESCO-IHE supports open access to educational materials for the benefit of the international learners' community, thus contributing to solving global water challenges.

Access the OpenCourseWare platform through: http://ocw.unesco-ihe.org.

About OpenCourseWare

OpenCourseWare (OCW) are free and open digital publications of high quality college and university-level educational materials. These materials are organized as courses, and often include course planning materials and evaluation tools as well as thematic content. OpenCourseWare are free and openly licensed, accessible to anyone, anytime via the internet. 

About Open Education Week

The purpose of Open Education Week is to raise awareness of the open education movement and opportunities it creates in teaching and learning worldwide. Participation in all events and use of all resources are free and open to everyone. Events take place online and in locally hosted events around the world and runs from 11 to 15 March 2013.

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