One of the most popular resources of free knowledge on the internet, OpenCourseWare of the MIT just got better.
By teaming up with the startup OpenStudy the OCW now got a social, interactive layer where students from around the world can connect with one another and learn together.
OpenStudy groups support real-time interaction between students and independent learners from around the world. OpenStudy members can answer one another’s questions, work collaboratively on problem sets and connect with learners who share interests. The study groups are sponsored by MIT OpenCourseWare and OpenStudy, but are not moderated or facilitated directly by either organization.
An initial pilot was launched last month and has received great feedback. Some of the groups around popular OCW topics already have between 1400 to 1600 members.
Phil Hill, CEO of OpenStudy expressed his excitement at the learner response. “Our goal is to bring a more social learning experience to students on MIT OpenCourseWare by ensuring they don’t have to study alone. Seeing so many of them now working together from all corners of the globe is a great first step.”
Stephen Carson, MIT OpenCourseWare’s External Relations Director says: ”We feel this represents an important new phase of our program’s development. These well-structured opportunities for learners to interact around our content magnify the value of our publication, especially for visitors with the most limited educational opportunities.”