OpenStudy is a social learning network where students ask questions, give help, and connect with other students studying the same things. It is linked to a range of open educational resources, such as MIT OpenCourseWare, New York University’s Open Education, and Smarthistory, a free and open, not-for-profit, art history textbook.

The concept is quite simple – choose a topic, post a question and join other online learners. For instance, when I logged in today, there were 10907 people listed as studying MIT 6.0 Intro Computer Science, with 17 online at the time. However, most of the posted questions had no replies.

This is a relatively new start-up company and it will be interesting to see how successful it is. As a company it appears strong on IT and weak on educational staff.

See also Supercool school, which  enables someone to set up their own school or class in 60 seconds. It provides real time teaching, and everything is recorded and stored so that content is built up over time. It will cost you $15 a month to operate the school. However, at the moment, it’s not ‘open’, in the sense that students are invited via e-mail, although I expect this will change as more courses become available. (I should point out that I am on the Advisory Board of Supercool School).


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  2. Hi Tony,

    My name is Jon Birdsong and I am the Community Manager at OpenStudy. Thanks for writing a post about OpenStudy that covers our efforts and initiatives. We are trying to push the boundaries of online education daily. I did want to point out one clarification in your article referring to most of the questions not being answered. We have approximately 83% of our questions answered with an average of over 250 questions asked daily on our site. Along with the majority of our questions being answered, the quality of answers is something we are proud of as well. We have students from all over the world who are at the collegiate and post graduate level answering questions which adds to the value of our community and the quality of education our users are receiving for free. Thanks again for your article and I look forward to more correspondence in the future.


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  3. I’m really glad I came across this article. I started a home study degree last fall.
    I do enjoy the course and do have support from tutors etc. but I think a site like OpenStudy would make a big difference by allowing me to converse with others studying for a similar degree.

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