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Korea University OCW (KUOCW)

Korea OCW offers course materials from KU courses, making them freely available online to the public, for any users to access, download, and make use of. Users can utilize these materials for their own self-study and enrichment, for supplementing their own teaching or learning, or for other purposes. These materials may include class video lectures, audio files, course syllabi, class handouts, and sample assignments. Materials from over 130 KU courses are currently available at KUOCW website.

The OCW movement was launched at MIT in 2002, and since then it has spread to a number of well-known universities such as Stanford, Berkeley and Yale. Currently, many Korean universities and other Asian universities are also participating in this movement. OCW contents are freely accessible to anyone around the world, and this makes it possible to narrow educational gaps and the information divide by improving the quality of university lectures and people’s access to higher education.

OCW (OpenCourseWare) is an open education project involving many universities worldwide. In OCW, course materials created by professors are shared freely with the world via the Internet. Depending on the institution and instructor’s preferences, these materials may include lecture notes, transcripts, handouts, assignments, exams, presentation files, and audio or video recordings of lectures. Anyone may freely download and use the materials for their own self-edification (no course credit or certification is available, as these materials are provided for free). The materials may also be adapted and used by others for teaching purposes or any other purposes, in accordance with the terms of the Creative Commons license (see below).

Procedures participating in OCW

The following summarizes the procedures for making a course available through OCW.

STEP 1OCW is advertised and the CTL starts accepting applications (1-2 months before the semester). STEP 2Application and registration period (in the month before the semester starts). STEP 3Orientation session (beginning of the semester). STEP 4Applicants submit paperwork for permission to use copyright materials (near the end of the semester). STEP 5Applicants submit their course materials (near the end of the semester). STEP 6Copyright examination (after the semester). STEP 7Materials are uploaded and made available through OCW (within two months after the semester).

Creative Commons License

The terms of the Creative Commons License (CCL) used by KUOCW allows users to freely use the materials, as long as users properly acknowledge the creators of the contents (i.e., the KU professors who created the course contents), do no modify the contents, and do not use them for commercial purposes.

Thus, CC licenses allow professors the freedom to make their materials publicly available on the Internet, while granting sufficient protection for their materials; and they also allow users the freedom to use the course materials in a way that is reasonable and flexible.

A Creative Commons (CC) license is a legal license similar to a copyright, except that the content creator(s) specify which rights they reserve, and which rights they waive. That is, the licensor may allow most or all the contents to be used freely. Specifically, the content creators may make any of the following stipulations on use of their materials:

① Attribution (BY): The users must properly acknowledge the content creators.
② No derivatives (ND): The users cannot modify the contents.
③ Share alike (SA): The users can modify the original contents or create their own contents derived from the
  original contents, so long as they freely share them according to the same CC terms.
④ Non-commercial (NC): The contents are not to be used for commercial purposes.

Common examples of CC materials are Wikipedia and Wiktionary contents, which are freely available and modifiable (with attribution and share-alike restrictions), as well as other websites, some publications, and some free software products. CC is also similar or analogous to the concept of open source software, the GNU General Public License, and copyleft licenses.

OCW materials are made available under CC licenses, with the content creators (the professors and/or institution) specifying their terms. If no terms are specified, then CC licenses will be set to BY-ND-NC by default. The OCW website for each course or institution will generally indicate the CC terms under which the material is made available.

KUOCW Website http://open.korea.ac.kr