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Posted in October 2012

Pilot: Earn Certificates of Participation

Learners can now earn Certificates of Participation offered by the OpenCourseWare Consortium and TU Delft OpenCourseWare by studying the TU Delft courses.

TU Delft Courses you can earn a certificate for, are:

The courses are free, but you may earn a Certificate of Participation from the OpenCourseWare Consortium to recognize your efforts. This Certificate will document (i) your participation in the course, (ii) your progress through the course and (iii) three important skills that employers want to see documented: teamwork, engagement and problem solving skills. Whether you are a high school or college student or working adult looking to advance, earn this Certificate of Participation to get an edge:

  • Register for the Certificate below (Cost : $30)
  • Ask and answer questions on each topic in the course study group.
  • Engage for a minimum of 4 weeks on the OpenStudy study group for this course. You will be eligible for the certificate.

Find out more and sign up at http://openstudy.com/courses

  • Update: OpenStudy wrote a blog about the nuts and bolts of OpenStudy certificates of participation.

The OCW Consortium has partnered with OpenStudy to offer learners a Certificate of Participation through use of members’ OCW. Learners join an online study group formed around open courses, register so their learning can be tracked, and start studying the subject using OCW. As learners interact with others and master the content, they begin to increase their SmartScore, which is an individualized, data-driven evaluation of teamwork, problem solving and engagement – the kinds of skills employers most often look for, but have a hard time measuring from traditional education records. Once learners achieve a certain SmartScore for the course, they are eligible to print a Certificate of Participation from OpenStudy and the OCW Consortium. Courses for this pilot are from TU Delft, The University of Notre Dame, The University of California, Irvine, and The Universidad Politécnica Madrid

5 years OpenCourseWare: Celebrate!

5 years ago TU Delft started with OpenCourseWare. In 5 years a lot has happened. We are celebrating our first ‘lustrum’ by looking back, and looking forward: where do we go from here? So, plenty of reasons to celebrate 5 years of TU Delft OpenCourseWare!

From OpenCourseWare courses of three masters in 2007 to 93 plus courses now a days, TU Delft OpenCourseWare is growing in a quick pace. Over 800 visitors a day visit OpenCourseWare, from all over the world. TU Delft OpenCourseWare is growing up, becoming more and more an essential part in offering education to our students and people all over the world. And it won’t stop here. OpenCourseware is a building block for other opportunities to meet the growing demand for higher education.

Find out more at http://ocw.tudelft.nl/celebrate

MORE OpenCourseWare

Besides complete Bachelor and Master courses TU Delft OpenCourseWare now offers MORE: Flash lectures, Courses given by our best teachers, Teacher Training Modules, Information Skills, Language Skills and in the future much more! So keep an eye out for MORE: http://ocw.tudelft.nl/MORE

a new course published: Information Literacy 2

Today a new course is published: Information Literacy 2.

Now TU Delft OpenCourseWare has three courses in the field of Information Literacy:

  • Information Literacy 1
  • Information Literacy 2
  • Information Literacy 3: for master’s and PhD students

Information Literacy 2 is the advanced course after the first one in which you learned how to find, evaluate and use information.

What does this course contain?

Having completed this instruction you will be able to:

  •  Define your research topic
  • Formulate from your research topic the key question and/or sub-questions
  • Select appropriate sources of information and adapt your search strategy accordingly
  • Critically evaluate your search results
  • Share the literature you have found with other students or groups
  • Compile a literature list using CiteULike, EndNote, Zotero or similar software.
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