Washington, D.C., April 10, 2012 – The Saylor Foundation is pleased to announce a partnership with the University of the People (UoPeople), a tuition-free online global university, through which it has adapted its Business Law course for use by students enrolled at UoPeople. The new course will be offered to the UoPeople bachelor’s degree students in the next term, which begins on April 12, 2012.
Under its mission to make education freely available for all, the Saylor Foundation provides an option for education-seeking individuals facing financial or geographical barriers by employing university professors to compile high-quality, college-level courseware. As a well-known curator of higher educational content, the Saylor Foundation has created an unrivaled internal process for course creation.
UoPeople Founder and President Shai Reshef hailed the partnership, “UoPeople is the first university built on the foundations of Open Educational Resources (OER), using only OER for all teaching and reading materials. By harnessing technology and promoting OER, UoPeople and the Saylor Foundation will provide quality education to those that would be unable to study otherwise.” Shawn Moustafa, UoPeople’s Associate Vice President for Academic Affairs, added, “The Saylor Foundation’s expertise in securing content developers and locating and creating content was unparalleled. Our own internal course development process has greatly benefited through this partnership.”
UoPeople and the Saylor Foundation share the mission of providing universal access to higher education. By partnering with UoPeople, the Saylor Foundation hopes to increase the reach of its courseware to more students worldwide. “Saylor’s experience in creating high-quality courses based on OER is evident in this course,” said Moustafa. “We are very excited to offer Business Law next term and in the coming terms; this course has already shown a high level of interest from our students, and I’m sure this will only increase as other students hear about it.”
Early registration numbers for the course indicate a very positive reception. As of March 28, 2012, 30 students, hailing from 20 different countries, had registered for the course that will be taught by a volunteer, highly qualified instructor. “We were thrilled to partner with UoPeople and create an adapted Business Law course to offer to UoPeople bachelor’s students,” said Jennifer Shoop, Content Development Manager for the Saylor Foundation. “We hope that, through this partnership, we are able to provide education for more knowledge-thirsty students across the globe.”
The Saylor Foundation tailored its own open access BUS205: Business Law and Ethics, a self-paced and automated course, for the UoPeople’s use. More information on that course, and over 200 additional college-level courses, can be found on www.saylor.org. UoPeople students interested in learning more about Business Law (BUS501) can find more information at www.uopeople.org.
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.
About University of the People
University of the People (UoPeople) is the world’s first tuition-free, non-profit, online academic institution. Based on the principles of e-learning and peer-to-peer learning, coupled with open-source technology and Open Educational Resources, UoPeople is designed to provide access to college studies for qualified individuals, despite financial, geographic or societal constraints. Founded in 2009 by educational entrepreneur Shai Reshef, UoPeople has partnered with Yale University for research, New York University to accept students and Hewlett-Packard for internships. The organization has gained the widespread support of leading academics, over 725,000 people on Facebook and media throughout the world. UoPeople is a registered U.S. nonprofit 501(c)(3). To learn more, visit http://www.uopeople.org.