Washington, D.C., July 2, 2012 – Today, the Saylor Foundation, a provider of free, online college-level courseware, and GoodSemester announced a partnership to make open textbooks and college course material freely available to college professors and students across the globe.
Officially launched this past February, GoodSemester allows students to easily work together by providing an open platform that allows anyone to create a class from anywhere in the world. Currently, students and professors from over 150 institutions, including Temple, Case Western, and Villanova University, are utilizing the platform for student instruction, groupwork, and collaboration. Through this new partnership, the Saylor Foundation will populate the GoodSemester platform with high-quality open textbooks, making them available for professors to remix and reuse for free and for students to use as comprehensive study aids. “The Saylor Foundation is excited to partner with GoodSemester, which is working with select colleges to revolutionize access to education,” said Jeffery Davidson, Strategic Initiatives Manager of the Saylor Foundation. “In line with Saylor’s mission of harnessing technology to make education free, we believe that GoodSemester is poised to connect college professors and students to Saylor courseware and textbooks, ultimately helping to drive down the high costs of education.”
Mathematical Analysis I, currently in use at Purdue University, is one of the texts now available on the GoodSemester platform. It is one of the only completely free, peer-reviewed quality texts available on this subject. Additional titles include Elementary Linear Algebra, Linear Algebra, and Computer Networking: Principles, Protocols and Practice.
GoodSemester and Saylor also intend to partner with select colleges to offer Saylor courseware on the GoodSemester platform. “This is bigger than just reducing the cost of education; with Saylor and GoodSemester combined, these courses are going to help people around the world – people who have nothing but an internet connection – learn in a way that was never before possible. It’s beyond exciting,” said Jason Rappaport, GoodSemester Founder and CEO.
GoodSemester is a global network of teachers, learners, and schools. Anyone can work in real-time across classes, between universities, and across the world, all in one place. GoodSemester allows students to take courses taught by professors from anywhere in the world, and gives teachers a robust platform to share their knowledge with anyone, giving people all over the globe access to a world-class education. To learn more, visit https://www.goodsemester.com/.
About the Saylor Foundation
The Saylor Foundation (under its legal name, The Constitution Foundation) is a 501(c) (3) non-profit organization headquartered in Washington, D.C. The Foundation was established in 1999 by Michael J. Saylor, the Chairman, CEO and President of the business intelligence company MicroStrategy. Mr. Saylor serves as the Foundation’s sole trustee. The Foundation’s focus since 2008 has been its Free Education Initiative, through which it is using technology to drive down the cost of education to zero. Saylor.org serves as a zero-cost alternative for individuals who lack the resources to attend traditional brick-and-mortar institutions and as a complement to willing mainstream education providers. Saylor expects free, self-paced, automated online learning opportunities to motivate people to pursue personal growth and career ambitions as well as to lead to institutional change among education providers everywhere. Additional details about the Foundation, the ongoing Open Textbook Challenge and its 200+ free, college-level courses are available at http://www.saylor.org.