Education For All
(www.edforall.net) is developed to utilize the abundant open educational resources and other related resources available on the web to cater for the educational needs of current and prospective university students, lifelong learners, lecturers and others who have an interest in learning a particular subject at the university level.
To achieve its objective, the available educational resources including video lectures are selected, organized and integrated to form courses or subjects. The resources for a particular course are usually adapted from a single source such as MIT's OpenCourseWare. However, in order to enhance the effectiveness of a course, good quality content from other sources are selected and combined incrementally into the course.
The possibility to listen to lectures is an essential component of the educational experience and it helps students to absorb the content of a subject. In recognition of this, priority will be given to providing courses which are accompanied by video recording of lectures. However, even though there are abundant video lectures available from top universities such as MIT, Stanford, Yale and Berkeley they may not be available for some courses which are important in the curriculum of a particular field of study. In such cases, alternative content such as audio recordings, lecture slides, lecture notes or online course material will be used as a substitute for video lectures.
Apart from video recordings of lectures other available and relevant resources are integrated into each of the courses. These can be reading lists, course syllabuses, lecture notes and slides, assignment questions, sample examination questions and digital version of relevant books. We believe that these resources are equally important towards learning a subject well.
Discussion forums are provided for each of the courses available. This will enable users to interact with other people having the same educational interest. They may be fellow students, professors or lecturers, young students preparing for tertiary education or casual students studying the particular subject for recreation. The scope of educational social interaction is no longer confined by geography and time.
Education For All is an ongoing project. The courses currently available are by no means complete. The resources for each course may not be optimum. However, with the increasing availability of education resources on the web, it should be possible to aggregate enough material for each course and to create enough courses for each field of study to eventually provide free tertiary education for all.
This project is conceived and developed by WT Tan who is a graduate of Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). He studied at MIT for six years graduating with Bachelor and Master of Science degrees. He has wide working experience in the engineering and IT fields and has held academic positions in institutions of higher learning in various countries.
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