Providing social infrastructure for Open Courseware
My colleague Ashwin Ram was one of the founders of OpenStudy, which aims to be a social network aimed at supporting student learning, e.g., through online study groups. It’s just been announced that the MIT OpenCourseware initiative is going to partner with OpenStudy, so that students viewing the OCW material might work together to support learning (including for MIT’s Python course). This is an exciting and important idea, to provide an infrastructure for learning beyond the raw content provided by OCW.
OCW has partnered with OpenStudy to offer an online study group for this course. 6.00 Introduction to Computer Science and Programming and two other courses (18.01 Single Variable Calculus, and 21F.101 Chinese I) have been selected for this pilot project. We need your feedback to determine whether more study groups should be offered for OCW courses.
These study groups are not moderated or managed by OCW, and you cannot earn credit for participating in them. To participate, you will need to register with OpenStudy or log in with your Facebook account.
OpenStudy is social study network for students to ask questions, give help, collaborate and meet others. Founded by professors and students from Georgia Tech and Emory University, and funded by the National Science Foundation and the Georgia Research Alliance, OpenStudy believes that students can teach other students through collaborative learning.