Paper accepted at ECEL2013 (France)

Posted on zaterdag 27 april 2013

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Paper accepted at ECEL2013 (France)

Stephanie Verbeken and Fred Truyen have got a paper accepted at the ECEL13 conference, 30-31 October, Sophia Antipolis, France. They will talk about OCW KU Leuven there, more specifically about the issues they are resolving when trying to publicize the Open Course of Pentalfa.


In 2012 University of Leuven (Belgium) started publishing OpenCourseWare. This OCW is produced in the context of what is currently an educational project funded by university. Despite the fact that the project is in a pilot phase, some conclusions can already be drawn from the experiences of creating OCW for about one year.

University’s objective with OpenCourseWare is slightly different from other universities’ goals. Contrary to the higher education in e.g. United States and Great-Brittain, the Flemish higher education is rather accessible due to i.e. financial and geographical reasons. Hence university tries to play the role it is expected to play in society: the role of knowledge producer and deliverer. It is the social task of universities to give knowledge back to society who paid for producing it and sharing it with the world. This perspective has been of major impact when deciding which courses were the most suitable to be published openly: OCW KU Leuven wants to stand for content that is relevant for society and that generates relevant debates about important topics in today’s society.

This background makes clear why Pentalfa is one of the courses that will be publiched on the OCW website. Pentalfa is the Lifelong Learning program offered by KU Leuven’s Faculty of Medecine aiming at Flemish physicians. This paper elaborates on the tresholds and challenges we are facing in the creation of this Open Course, and that are the reasons why (at the time of writing) the Open Course Pentalfa is not yet published. More specifically we are facing privacy issues and challenges concerning intellectual property rights.

Pentalfa is setup as a series of lectures given by experts (medical doctors, researchers, practictioners,…) in the various fields of the domain of Medecine. On an annual basis around one hundred speakers get the opportunity to talk about the latest evolutions in their field of expertise. The lectures are recorded using KU Leuven’s homemade video streaming service Videolab. It goes without saying that speakers need to give permission to record their lecture, and for a number of reasons this issue is more difficult to tackle than we could foresee. For instance, a challenge we are facing is the fact that speakers use audiovisual materials in their presentations which is not suitable to publicize openly.  Speakers did not always ask permission for the usage of these materials, or they are talking about topics which they will be publicizing about – in the latter case they intelligibly don’t want us to publicize the content before they do themselves.

Another important issue are patients’ rights: speakers often use audiovisual materials that are recorded during consultations at a doctor’s office. It is obvious that it is not allowed to show patients identifiable. Speakers don’t always keep this in mind when preparing their presentation, contemplating that their audience are other physicians who know how to deal with confidentiality of profession.

The paper presented describes the way we try to deal with these issues and we conclude by formulating some ‘lessons learned’.

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