At the 2008 Open CourseWare (OCW) Consortium conference in Dalian, China, representatives from universities in many different countries were gathered to report on the progress, and share their experiences with opening up access to their course materials. Chinese researchers shared statistics on how many percentage of students were aware of OCW, Japanese professors showcased their latest OCW semantic search tool, and Mexican researchers from the Tecnologico de Monterey showcased applications for mobile learning. The concept Open CourseWare, which was coined in 2001, when MIT president Charles M. Vest announced that MIT would make the materials for nearly all its courses freely available on the Internet over the next ten years, had gone decidedly global.