The Hewlett Foundation OER Grantees Meeting was held on April 16, 2010 at Yale University. Hal Plotkin, Senior Policy Advisor to Under Secretary of Education Martha Kanter in the United States Department of Education, was a key speaker at this event. Looks like some very positive actions supportive of continuing the advancement of Open Textbooks and OER came about.
Some of the take-aways from the meeting….
Additional details on what was talked about can be found on the OCW Blog as well as from a press release from the Hewlett Foundation. Judy Baker, dean of Foothill Global Access at Foothill College in Los Altos Hills, Ca., attended the meeting and I am sure will be able to provide additional highlites of the event.
P2PU is the “Peer 2 Peer University”. I discovered this organization while I was checking out some university activities in the area of Open Textbooks.
The Peer 2 Peer University is an online community dedicated to providing quality short university-level courses using open educational resources at an affordable price. P2PU is under the umbrella of the University of California at Irvine. Original seed funding was provided by the Hewlett Foundation and the Shuttleworth Foundation. Volunteers provide the horsepower to keep it moving.
Part of their mission statement from their website “…our primary motivation for P2PU is unrestricted access to high-quality, peer-learning experiences on topics of interest, so we will never restrict access to the educational resources themselves.” sums it up very clearly.
This organization is just getting started and right now they are into their first round of offered courses. It looks like they are going to be offering some very interesting courses in the near future. They are definitely adopters of the Open Textbook concept and I will be following their activities.