Katie Hafner has contributed a great article in the NY Times which covers lots of bases with respect to Online Education Resources.
To quote their summary..
“Putting free courseware online was a first step in reimagining education. What now? Wiki U’s, smart courses and, maybe, learning.”
The article includes interesting information on the Open University in the UK, Ithaka S&R, MIT Open CourseWare, Hewlett Foundation, Carnegie Mellon Open Learning Initiative, Open Yale Courses, Peer2Peer University, University of the People, and some good discussion of what is going on behind the scenes.
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.