Subject: Free online courses in Hydrology and Hydraulics, Urban Drainage and Sewerage and Ecological Sanitation from UNESCO-IHE Posted: 3/12/2013 Viewed: 34728 times
UNESCO-IHE Institute for Water Education launched its Open Course Ware platform yesterday at the start of the Open Education Week. The Institute aims to make all of its educational materials available as Open Course Ware by 2017.
A first start has been made with three complete courses in Hydrology and Hydraulics, Urban Drainage and Sewerage and Ecological Sanitation. The material includes lecture notes, taped lecture videos and presentations.
The demand for trained water professionals far exceeds the number of professionals the Institute can train. By disseminating this knowledge freely in line with its vision and mission on education, UNESCO-IHE supports open access to educational materials for the benefit of the international learners' community, thus contributing to solving global water challenges.
About Open Course Ware
Open Course Ware (OCW) are free and open digital publications of high quality college and university-level educational materials. These materials are organized as courses, and often include course planning materials and evaluation tools as well as thematic content. Open Course Ware are free and openly licensed, accessible to anyone, anytime via the internet.
About Open Education Week
The purpose of Open Education Week is to raise awareness of the open education movement and opportunities it creates in teaching and learning worldwide. Participation in all events and use of all resources are free and open to everyone. Events take place online and in locally hosted events around the world and runs from 11 to 15 March 2013.
UNESCO-IHE is the largest international postgraduate water education facility in the world and is based in Delft, the Netherlands. The Institute confers fully accredited MSc degrees, and PhD degrees in collaboration with partners in the Netherlands. Since 1957 the Institute has provided postgraduate water education to more than 14,500 water professionals from over 160 countries. UNESCO-IHE is part of the UN Water family and is owned by all UNESCO member states. The Institute is established as a UNESCO ‘Category I Institute’ jointly by UNESCO and the Government of the Netherlands.