MIT looking for African open courseware partners
MIT OpenCourseWare is looking for African educational institutions to offer mirror sites for its free, Web-based teaching materials. The Open Courseware programme includes materials from 1 400 MIT courses from the 33 MIT academic disciplines and has be used globally by millions of learners and educators.
Unfortunately, says MIT OpenCourseWare’s Farnaz Haghseta, the OCW materials are largely underutilised in many African regions where Internet connectivity is limited. To overcome this limitation, MIT OCW is looking to collaborate with educational institutions that are interested in hosting a mirror site, or a local copy of the MIT OCW materials.
Through the MIT OCW in a Box programme, MIT OCW has received support to distribute MIT OCW in a Box packages for free to African institutions. Each package includes an external hard drive that contains an copy of the entire MIT OCW Web site (including videos), software tools, user documentation, and marketing material.
Haghseta says the goal of the programme is to have 100 mirror sites installed at African educational institutions by the end of 2006.
Interested institutions should contact Haghseta at firstname.lastname@example.org.