OpenStudy is in the news again!
Sen. Dean Florez, of the 20Million Minds Foundation, was on NPR this morning talking about open content textbooks. (Listen to the clip)
A bill on Governor Brown’s desk could save California college students thousands of dollars, by replacing many of the expensive textbooks they must buy with low-cost digital downloads. The plan would also create online “study halls” where students around the state could discuss the curriculum
These “online study halls” Sen. Florez mentioned, are of course, the OpenStudy community that already provides learners from over 2,000 schools in 180 countries the opportunity to work together towards their learning goals.
Our partnership in the MechanicalMOOC was featured in the New York Times:
The new course, “A Gentle Introduction to Python,” will blend content from M.I.T.’s OpenCourseWare, instant-feedback exercises and quizzes from Codecademy, and study groups organized by OpenStudy, and will be coordinated through an e-mail list operated by Peer 2 Peer University….
OpenStudy will provide a forum where all learners in the class can choose to participate in a mass study group, or can be assigned to a study group of 10.
The creators of the mechanical MOOC hope that the new model will help increase the percentage of students who complete their courses.
Interested in getting started programming? Sign up for the MechanicalMOOC today.
There’s a lot of exciting things happening at OpenStudy. Be sure to stay tuned for updates iin the near future.
Thank you for helping make OpenStudy the best open, online learning community in the world.
-Preetha Ram, Chris Sprague, and Ashwin Ram on behalf of the OpenStudy Team