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I want to link a few sections of this blog today through a podcast from the USDLA (United States Distance Learning Association). This podcast introduces the listeners to the National Repository of Online Courses (http://www.montereyinstitute.org/nroc/) and Hippo Campus, the online open source site that they have created for teachers and students (http://www.hippocampus.org/).

NROC’s membership director Terri Rowenhorst describes the work of NROC and talks about open education resources. She says that one of the things that is different about Hippo Campus is that it includes resources for the secondary classroom and college prep work. The resources on Hippo Campus represent a complete curricular context (which teachers will like) that have been broken down into smaller objects (which students will like).

Rowenhorst also talks about the international uses of their work that are currently underway. While not all teachers worldwide will benefit from the work of the Repository or Hippo Campus, this podcast seems like a great one to get into teachers’ hands so that they can be aware of the resources available. I’m sure there are far more worldwide applications of Hippo Campus than I or Ms. Rowenhorst could currently imagine.

You can listen to the podcast at the link below or download it from iTunes:

The Promise of Open Educational Resources Hippo Campus as a Teaching Tool


Rowenhorst, T. (Producer). (2008, September 29). The promise of open education resources hippo campus as a teacher tool [Audio Podcast]. USDLA Podcast. Retrieved from http://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/the-promise-open-educational/id283034286?i=40617371