An OpenCourseWare (OCW) is a free and open digital publication of high quality 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. OpenCourseWare:
- does not require any registration
- is not a degree-granting or certificate-granting activity
- does not provide access to TU Delft faculties.
Delft University of Technology has joined the Open Education Consortium in offering the world free access to certain course content online. TU Delft OpenCourseWare (OCW) seeks to capitalize on the potential of the internet to eliminate borders and geographic distance as obstacles to the instantaneous exchange of knowledge and new ideas. Unlike distance learning programs that charge tuition, provide formal instruction and limit participation, OpenCourseWare offers all course materials free to everyone with online access. Educators from around the world may upgrade their classes; students may enhance their coursework or pursue self study; the general public may glimpse the depth and breadth of what leading universities are offering and benefit from reading lists and lectures.
OCW does not require any registration and is not a degree-granting or certificate-granting activity. It is instead an effort to share knowledge and make the best educational use of the Internet’s potential. The project has already been embraced by students and educators around the globe, many of whom are from areas where educational resources are scarce or difficult to access.
While TU Delft OCW faculty pride themselves on providing the most comprehensive course content possible, in some cases the full complement of OCW course materials may not appear online due to copyright and other intellectual property issues.