OCWC 2011: University of Cape Town - OCW Use and Production by Faculty and Students (Cape Town Un

OCW use and production by faculty and students: An inter-institutional comparison

Joseph Hardin, Mujo Research


Cheryl Hodgkinson-Williams and Glenda Cox, University of Cape Town

cheryl.hodgkinson-williams@uct.ac.za, glenda.cox@uct.ac.za



Over the last year there has been a burst of work surveying faculty and students on their beliefs, attitudes and intentions concerning the use and production of OpenCourseWare (OCW). This paper will discuss the most recent results from surveys done at institutions of higher education in Europe, Africa, Australia, and North America. We will look at the individual institution's surveys and what they can tell us about their populations, and since the surveys have largely used common metrics to increase comparability across them, we are able to make some comparisons between the institutions. The surveys were completed in 2010 and 2011.

The scope of these surveys has included retrospective questions on familiarity with OCW on the part of students and faculty, and their current use and production of OCW materials, as well as prospective questions concerning their interest and intentions concerning future use and production of OCW materials. Consequently, these studies can be viewed as investigations into both use and creation of OCW materials. As such, the results give insight into not only how users and creators at higher education institutions have responded to the concept of OCW, but also provide information on whether, and when, faculty and users might become involved in OCW. This knowledge can be used to focus local efforts at developing OCW communities and cultures of contribution.

The paper compares surveys from the University of Cape Town, South Africa, the University of Michigan, United States, the Universidad Politécnica de Valencia, Spain and Danubius University of Galati, Romania. The presentation at the OCWC conference will hopefully include survey results from the University of Queensland, Australia as well.