One classic open education source to stop

webcast.berkeley logowebcast.berkeley.edu, an open education resource dating back a while, will no longer make new content.  Why?  Financial pressures.

Berkeley will keep on doing lecture capture, just not for the rest of us:

  • We will no longer make recorded lecture videos available to the public
  • We will make recorded lecture videos available to enrolled students via CalCentral and bCourses

They’re still proud of what they used to do, as they should be:

For the past 20 years, recorded lecture videos have been available to students as well as the public. In more recent years the Webcast Classroom Capture program has broadened the window of access into UC Berkeley’s intellectual riches through distribution partnerships with YouTube and iTunes U. Each year we capture and publish nearly 4,500 lecture videos and each video requires an average of 15 minutes of staff time to prepare for public distribution.

But don’t worry.  Berkeley’s still making MOOCs.

Once again the current economic situation damages American higher education.  And open still struggles with sustainability.

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5 Responses to One classic open education source to stop

  1. Rolin Moe says:

    Mike Caulfield and I talked about this a bit on Twitter; my takeaway was this is an example of a problem in Open — identifying the meta/material as Open rather than the message. No matter the video or the metadata of the video, if the contents of the video are closed, it is a strain on OER. Mike had two brilliant lines – “you can’t build open ed w/o open substrate” and “It’s the problem with the “OER as pedagogical exhaust” theory of open.”

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  2. CogDog says:

    $300k per yet needed for staff to edit out “chit chat” and copyrighted content. Is that 5, 6 staff?

    What if they lived with chit chat and taught w/ open content?

    What if they trained/paid students to do the grunt editing?

    The same money paid into MOOCs gives content to third party, removes it from full public view and remix. What is the public good of education?

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