When the University of the People (UoPeople) opened up enrollment for Term 4 of its 2011-2012 Academic Year, its students were able to sign up for an adapted version of the Saylor Foundation’s BUS205: Business Law and Ethics. Thanks to a partnership formed between the two organizations, Saylor Foundation consulting professors were able to adjust this select Saylor.org course to meet the standards set forth by UoPeople. Known to UoPeople students as BUS501: Business Law, the course had 30 students– hailing from 20 different countries – registered for it as of March 28th. UoPeople has enlisted a highly qualified volunteer instructor to lead the course, which begins on Thursday, April 12th.
For those of you who are unfamiliar with UoPeople, it’s certainly worth checking out. A tuition-free online global university, UoPeople was founded in 2009 by educational entrepreneur Shai Reshef and is designed to provide access to college studies for qualified individuals, despite financial, geographic or societal constraints.
UoPeople Founder and President Shai Reshef hailed the partnership, saying, “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.”
We at the Saylor Foundation are quite fond of the course creation process that we’ve polished over the past couple of years – and we found that, through this partnership, it added a great benefit in terms of getting high quality education into the hands of those who need it most.
“We were thrilled to partner with UoPeople and create an adapted Business Law course to offer to UoPeople bachelor’s students,” said Jennifer Shoop, our own Content Development Manager. “We hope that, through this partnership, we are able to provide education for more knowledge-thirsty students across the globe.”
We’re excited to have UoPeople offer our adapted course to its bachelor’s degree students and look forward to the students’ responses!
Read the full press release here.