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).