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Planning

MIT OpenCourseWare will not succeed without the support and contributions of MIT's world-class Faculty. Because MIT OCW is a strictly voluntary activity, we must minimize the amount of time that faculty are required to plan, build, and publish their course materials on the MIT OCW Web site.

There are five MIT OCW Publication Managers (PMs), assigned to the individual schools, who help manage the process for faculty. These PMs work in MIT OCW headquarters and report to the MIT OCW Publication Director. They act as project managers and coordinators, working with the faculty and MIT's 34 department heads to achieve both the faculty's individual, and the department's overall, publishing goals.

The PMs also manage a team of Department Liaisons (DLs) who are funded by MIT OCW, hired by the department, and are physically located in the departments. These DLs directly assist faculty in preparing digital course materials for their teaching, ready materials for Web publication, and with the PM, coordinate MIT OCW planning and course publication strategies.

The benefits of this distributed workforce are:

  • Faculty: Resources in the departments act as first point of contact with MIT OCW, help faculty locate digital instruction resources at MIT, and assist in the planning of MIT OCW course sites.
  • Departments: Participation increases the department's Web presence, and provides an overall improvement in the use of the Web as an instructional tool, meeting MIT student expectations.
  • MIT OCW: Strategic involvement of the PMs and DLs in the course planning process increases the overall amount of digital materials, and makes those materials more publishable for MIT OCW in the end.

The PMs and DLs work directly with MIT faculty throughout the publication process. Below are some examples of services that (depending on availability) OCW offers participating MIT faculty:

Create and capture content

  • Audit courses and take lecture notes, and transcribe handwritten lecture notes
  • Take notes to document key discussions / case studies
  • Photograph, videotape, and/or audiotape course-related events and materials (e.g., labs)
  • Find public domain images
  • Provide professional graphic artist services

Organize and reformat content

  • Structure lecture notes, organize course materials for digital publication, reformat and edit PDFs
  • Create bibliographies with full citations

Provide advice and expertise

  • Assist with equation editors, CAD, PowerPoint, Excel, PDFs
  • Build course sites in Stellar, SloanSpace, Athena, Metamedia
  • Coordinate with MIT Academic Media Production Services (AMPS) for video and audio production
  • Train TAs on tools and platforms

Produce archival record of courses and content

  • Create CD containing source materials and templates
  • Create .ZIP file of published OCW course content that will be published online and shared with faculty
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"I am in Linguistics, and also in Media Studies and Japanese studies, and I have been very curious about chemical engineering. What are the chemical engineers doing? So I have been looking at their sites, at their courses, and I have been looking at Electrical Engineering courses. That has been a real eye-opener for me - that a nonspecialist can go in and take a look at the lecture notes, even exams. It is remarkable." -- Professor Shigeru Miyagawa, Professor of Linguistics, and Japanese Language and Culture

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