If there are images or videos do you import them or do you link to them?
I've had a vision for a web service that lets an instructor creates a dotlrn class and "import" content from OCW and then have an online space to support their learners.
The flow would be something like this.
1. Instructor signs up for an instructor level account. (depending on the funding model this might require approval)
2. Instructor creates a class (Calculus 1).
3. The Instructor chooses OCW content (18.01)
4. Instructor chooses the language for the interface for the course. The content from OCW is probably still in English but they might wish their interface and discussion boards to be in their own language.
5. Instructor uploads a CSV of learners (bulk user upload)
6. Instructor can now create content for his class...forums, FAQ, files in file storage etc.
7. Through LORS the instructor can add or edit any of the pages from OCW. For instance he might add some notes in his own language to help explain the concepts.
8. Students and instructors could interact online only or they could use the space to complement a brick-and-mortar class experience.
Everyone around here knows the mantra is “Learning is a Social Experience”. For OCW to take the next step in impacting the world the social aspects of learning need to be facilitated. It seems to me with the work you have done we have all the pieces ready to do this.
Building it shouldn’t be a big deal. If you think about scaling this idea up to you can see why I’m interested bandwidth and where the images and videos are hosted. It would be far cheaper if you didn’t have to pay the bandwidth for images and videos.
However, the key to success will be money marketing and publicity. It would be great if this could be an “inside job” and done under the umbrella of an institution or foundation already associated with OCW.
Is this within the scope of your thesis?
Does anyone have the clout to go and get a grant to do this?