The institution of the university has changed relatively little since the days of Gutenberg. Students’ use of technology, however, has. The Internet has become an integral part of our daily lives. Today, we share ideas online.
Let's take the campus experience online!
The transformative potential of the Internet has yet to be utilized by the very institution that spawned it. As we move further into the digital age, it is becoming clear that the walled-in software solutions universities use today are glaringly outdated.
We want to move beyond the existing teaching formats to enable wholly new forms of online teaching and learning. In order to develop open courses we call upon individual instructors, universities and knowledge-based companies to join us in this effort to democratize education.
Our open course platform provides…
- a structured course environment that features multimedia teaching materials;
- assessment features such as multiple choice and peer review in order to keep students engaged and provide them with quantitative and qualitative feedback;
- a discussion board where students can engage in peer-to-peer learning by asking and answering questions or sharing links, references and general observations;
We want to develop world-class courses that allow students to learn in an efficient and effective way. However, our aim is not to replace the university or the academics that work there. Our aim is to empower them. We want to allow the best professors to teach thousands of students. On the other hand we want to enable students to take classes from the best professors around the globe. In so doing we want to improve the quality of teaching at existing institutions, without raising the cost of instruction. We believe that open courses can be an important factor in that equation.