Open Courseware Database

WEREOPENProviders, aggregators, and perspectives on open courseware

Courseware, a term that combines the words ‘course’ with ‘software,’ was originally used to describe supplementary instructional material, usually use with a computer. Its meaning  has expanded and is now used include to the entire course and any additional material when used in reference an online or ‘computer formatted’ classroom. (See Wikipedia, at, accessed 9 December 2015). By this definition, the Atlas provides substantial courseware in the field of public management in the form of syllabi, references, topics, and other resource materials.

The OpenCourseWare (OCW) aim of providing online course materials that are publicly accessible at no charge was given a major boost in 2002 with the launch of MIT OpenCourseWare and MIT’s commitment to make publicly available the courseware for all its nearly 2,000 courses. A decade later a number of prestigious universities had created consortia to providing massive open online courses (MOOCs). Currently, the largest MOOC platforms are Coursera, Udacity and edX. A site called Class Central, ( acts as a MOOC aggregator, providing details on courses offered by all the major MOOC consortia.

MOOC aggregators

Class Central (Coursera, Udacity, edEx and Stanford courses)

Skilledup – Find the Best Online Courses

Open online course providers




Stanford ONLINE

Khan Academy

OpenLearn – The home of free learning from The Open University

University of the People – Tuition-Free Online University

Open Yale courses

MIT OpenCourseware (course materials only)

Perspectives on MOOCs and e-Learning

MOOCs are not dead, but evolving, Diane Peters, University Affairs, 22 February 2018

MOOCs Are “Dead.” What’s Next? Uh-oh. John Warner, Inside Higher Ed, 11 October 2017

The Professors Behind the MOOC Hype, Steve Kolowich, Chronicle of Higher Education, 18 March 2013

How EdX Plans to Earn, and Share, Revenue From Its Free Online Courses, Steve Kolowich, The Chronicle of Higher Education, 21 February 2013

EPIC 2020 (Bill Sams’ Turning Point video, June 2012)

E-learning modules from UN Public Administration Network (UNPAN)

E-Learning: Featured Learning Materials

E-Learning: Public Administration Illustrated (6 sessions from ASPA and DPADM)

E-Learning: Ontology (41 slides from UN University)

E-Learning: Introduction to Electronic Government (7 sessions from UN University)

Page created by: Ian Clark, last modified 12 March 2018.

Image: Open Sign, David Lofink, from Flickr Creative Commons on 10 December 2015.