NYU Launches Open Courses

Dan Colman, Open Culture, Feb 15, 2011
Commentary by Stephen Downes

As noted here, "NYU announced that it will join the open courseware movement by making free courses available online, all in video. Fast forward several months, and you can now see the first fruits of NYU's labor." But the really interesting bit is not the open courses, but the Open Study system being used to support them. Branded with links to Fox News, CNN and ReadWriteWeb, and sponsored by NSF and NIH, among others, the service links to your Facebook account and lets you join study groups and ask questions. "OpenStudy is a social learning network where students ask questions, give help, and connect with other students studying the same things. Our mission is to make the world one large study group, regardless of school, location, or background." But let's be clear: OpenStudy is a for profit business and there's no open source - or anything like that - around here.
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