2013 Was a Good Year

Last year proved to be a productive one for Open.Michigan. The first-ever, fully openly-licensed massive online open course (MOOC) from the Medical School and Coursera launched in August; our repository grew, including a significant addition from the University of Michigan Department of Family Medicine; a mention in the New England Journal of Medicine; three books and a manuscript were published; and a highly-successful crowdsourcing effort that resulted in a significant number of translated video captions on our YouTube channel.

Number of visits to the Open.Michigan website in 2013 shown by city.
This map shows the number of visits by city to the Open.Michigan site in 2013.

 Our success can also be measured in visits to our website:

  • 188,807 unique visitors (78% were new visits!)

  • 682,804 total views

  • November 13, 2013, was our busiest day on record with 1,296 visits.

  • People from 174 different nations visited Open.Michigan in 2013.

MOOCs have been gaining popularity in the last couple of years, and the University of Michigan has teamed up with Coursera to make freely available online courses. Read an interview with Dr. Caren Stalburg, author of the first-ever, fully-licensed course from the U-M Medical School, “MOOC Creator Reflects on Lessons Learned and OER.” The second iteration of the course, “Instructional Methods in Health Professions Education,” starts February 3.

Made available to the public earlier this year, the University of Michigan Department of Family Medicine has 20 high-quality education modules written by experts (with more to come) on a broad range of clinical topics. The modules support the use of, redistribution, and remixing of the materials, and are in accordance with U.S. Copyright Law so as to maximize the ability to use, share, and adapt it. Learn more about the partnership.

The New England Journal of Medicine article, “Creative Commons and the Openness of Open Access,” by Michael W. Carroll, J.D., specifically mentions our work and its importance:

“The various creators of the online educational materials in the University of Michigan Medical School’s Open.Michigan database have adopted nearly the full suite of Creative Commons licenses. The broad adoption of these licenses reflects a belief that a work is not ‘open’ until it’s freely accessible on the Internet and under a public license offering more liberal terms of use than copyright law provides. Though options offered by Creative Commons licenses address the needs of copyright owners in various contexts, in the open-access context, the Attribution license in my opinion remains the gold standard.”

We continued exploring unique publishing models with three new openly licensed books.
  • ICD Connection contains a collection of stories from patients and their families who are living with an implantable cardioverter defibrillator.

  • Shapes of Memory Loss  is a collection of poetry, fiction, and narrative written by and about people with cognitive impairment or dementia.  The authors, all affiliated with the University of Michigan Health System, come forward to share their personal experience as they “navigate this unknown territory”.

And a manuscript of conference proceedings.

Since we launched the crowdsourcing translation campaign in January 2013, more than 50 people have volunteered, with 139 non-English video captions that have been translated into 18 different languages:

  • 53 in Spanish

  • 28 in Portuguese

  • 22 in Japanese

  • 14 in French

  • 7 in Russian

  • 5 in Romanian

  • 3 in Gandan

  • 2 each in Swahili and Arabic

  • 1 each in Danish, Chinese (Simplified), and Chinese (Traditional).

  • That is amazing!

Read about the impact volunteer contributions have made in increasing access to and visibility of these videos around the world, “An Interview with Eve Nabulya: Luganda Translations For My Community” on our blog.

We are so proud of the work we do here, and are grateful for all your support. We look forward to working with you this year!