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Ethiopia - Jimma University partners with Yale to use Open Yale Courses

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12/11/07

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Ethiopia - Jimma University partners with Yale to use Open Yale Courses

Ethiopia - Jimma University partners with Yale to use Open Yale Courses

Jimma University of Ethiopia is to partner with Yale University to use Open Yale courses in its classrooms. Jimma University is among about 10 universities that will participate in this program. Yale University is also making some of its popular undergraduate classes available online for free for anyone with internet access. See the press release below.

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New Haven, Conn. — Today, Yale University is making some of its most popular undergraduate courses freely available to anyone in the world with access to the Internet.

The project, called “Open Yale Courses,” presents unique access to the full content of a selection of college-level courses and makes them available in various formats, including downloadable and streaming video, audio only and searchable transcripts of each lecture. Syllabi, reading assignments, problem sets and other materials accompany the courses.

The production of the courses for the Internet was made possible by a grant from the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation. The seven courses in the sciences, arts and humanities—which were recorded live as they were presented in the classroom to Yale students—will be augmented with approximately 30 additional Yale courses over the next several years.

“Information technology allows the knowledge and passion of leading Yale faculty to reach everyone who wishes to explore these subjects,” said Yale President Richard C. Levin. “We hope students, teachers and anyone with an interest in these topics, no matter where they live or what they do, will take full advantage of these free and easily accessed courses.”

Diana E. E. Kleiner, Dunham Professor of the History of Art and Classics and the director of the project, noted that the full content of all the courses is now readily available online and may be accessed at the users’ convenience.

“We wanted everyone to be able to see and hear each lecture as if they were sitting in the classroom,” Kleiner said. “It’s exciting to make these thought-provoking courses available so broadly for free. While education is best built upon direct interactions between teachers and students, Yale believes that leading universities have much to contribute to making educational resources accessible to a wider audience. We hope this ongoing project will benefit countless people around the world.”

Kleiner said the courses reflect the broad liberal arts education provided by Yale College, which encourages critical thinking, intellectual exploration and creativity. She said Yale plans for future Open Yale Courses to include music and the arts.

Hewlett Foundation President Paul Brest said that the availability of the Yale courses has significance far beyond the university.

"Making the talents of Yale's faculty available for free on the Internet is an important step toward the Hewlett Foundation's goal of providing access to knowledge and educational opportunities throughout the world," Brest said. "Truly, all the world is becoming a classroom."

The URL for Open Yale Courses is: http://open.yale.edu/courses/

The first courses available through Open Yale Courses are:

* Astronomy 160: Frontiers and Controversies in Astrophysics, with Professor Charles Bailyn
* English 310: Modern Poetry, with Professor Langdon Hammer
* Philosophy 176: Death, with Professor Shelly Kagan
* Physics 200: Fundamentals of Physics, with Professor Ramamurti Shankar
* Political Science 114: Introduction to Political Philosophy, with Professor Steven Smith
* Psychology 110: Introduction to Psychology, with Professor Paul Bloom
* Religious Studies 145: Introduction to the Old Testament (Hebrew Bible), with Professor Christine Hayes

To encourage the widest possible use of the courses, the license that covers most of the lectures and other course material on Open Yale Courses is Creative Commons’ Attribution-Noncommercial-Share Alike 3.0 license. This license permits the free use or repurposing of the Open Yale Courses material by others. Under this license, users may download and redistribute the Open Yale Courses material, as well as remix and build upon the content to produce new lectures or other educational tools. Commercial use of the Open Yale Courses material is prohibited.

The Open Yale Courses project is produced and supported by the Yale Center for Media and Instructional Innovation (CMI2), which promotes the innovative use of technology to enhance learning at Yale and beyond.

Open Yale Courses allows the public, in effect, to audit the Yale College courses for free online. There is no “enrollment” in the courses and Yale does not offer credit for those who use the course materials.

Yale also has developed partnerships to enable these resources to be widely utilized in academic settings around the world.

In India, Yale is working with the Indo-U.S. Inter-University Collaborative Initiative in Higher Education and Research’s Amrita satellite network to broadcast courses to universities throughout India.

In China, China Education Television (CETV) has agreed to broadcast individual lectures on CETV. CETV broadcasts are viewed by millions of Chinese.

Individual faculty members at universities around the world will use Open Yale Courses in their classrooms. Faculty at the following universities are participating: University of Bahrain, Instituto de Tecnologia de Buenos Aires -- ITBA (Argentina), Fudan University (China), University of Ghana, Jimma University (Ethiopia), Tec de Monterrey (Mexico), University of Mumbai (India), Peking University (China), University of Tokyo (Japan) and Waseda University (Japan).

“We applaud Yale for making available their most valuable resource, the knowledge of their faculty, to contribute to improve the quality of the teaching in the world. We look forward to benefiting from and contributing to this effort,” said Patricio Lopez, president of the Virtual University, Tecnologico de Monterrey, Mexico.

Yale Vice President Linda K. Lorimer, who is responsible for the University’s Office of Digital Content, commented, “Open Yale Courses gives us a new opportunity to share our intellectual treasury with everyone and for free. We welcome other universities, high schools and non-governmental organizations to use these and future courses we will post on the Internet.”

Open Yale Courses will be featured in the more than three hundred American Corners located in libraries and universities abroad. American Corners is a public diplomacy project of the U.S. Department of State, and each day thousands of young people come to American Corners to pick up a book about life in the United States, learn about U.S. colleges and universities, or watch a video about the United States. American Corners partnerships are often located outside of the capital city or in remote areas of the country. With Open Yale Courses available at American Corners, students and lifelong learners will be able virtually to audit a class taught by one of the top professors in the world.

Open Yale Courses also will offer secondary school students who are considering applying to study in the United States the opportunity to see how subjects are taught in an American university. Toward this end, educational advisers throughout the Middle East will be trained in their advising workshop next spring on how to use open educational resources, including Open Yale Courses, to prepare students for academia in the United States.

In addition to Open Yale Courses, Yale provides a growing library of free video and audio offerings on the Internet featuring Yale faculty and distinguished visitors to campus. This free resource includes a large variety of public talks, interviews and musical performances.

15 comments

Comment from: Amsterdamer [Visitor]
Amsterdamer

To cry babies…

Keep in mind before start crying again …it is a Jimma University not Mekele University :-)

12/11/07 @ 11:37
Comment from: tilahum [Visitor]
tilahum

amesterdamer
so what is your point? use your brain dumbass. Jimma and Mekele located in Ethiopia and the students are from all ovor the places.do not make any seperation.

12/11/07 @ 11:54
Comment from: Yeha [Visitor]
Yeha

More opportunety is under way to whom may benefited from it. Now cry baby diaspora what do you know about it? as Amsterdamer pointed out, this is a Jimma Universty not the other way you may think benefited to Woyane.

Hey Shabia lover and H.R 2003 dreamer, if you can’t deafet us join us as simple as that.
Ethiopia is moving forward at the sound of speed…..Yeha

12/11/07 @ 12:18
Comment from: The Python [Visitor]
The Python

Wel,
That is a good news.However, I have a few that the speed of internet in our country is not yet developed to have online video
and streaming. I hope the internet
back home will improve soon to take advantage of this opportunity.

Guys here are some staffs we in Diasporas can do for our brothers and sisters back home. Whyn’t we download these videos and send them back home? If we buy USB of 10GB, we can download about two or three video lectures of post graduate courses.

Actually I have some video lectures for a few post graduate courses. I will distribute them to some of the science departments when I go home in the coming summer. Let us help the education of our country.

Forexample, NC State University has an
online free video lectures. There are also some online Pdf lecture notes from MIT in a wide range of studies.

Nazrets:
You can also post the sites of these education materials in your website.
It may be also possible to post scholarship sites which you readers may be benefited from.

12/11/07 @ 13:20
Comment from: Finchu Manchuku [Visitor]
Finchu Manchuku

This is indeed good news. If the internet connection is not fast enough, then this will help to make it better. The students will demand more and better services and soon they shall receive. Like someone said already, we in the diaspora can do things to help along these lines - perhaps we can talk to the i universities we attended and have them creat programs like this. There are many ways to help, but just complaining and doing nothing is not the way.

12/11/07 @ 13:40
Comment from: Yonas Buraka [Visitor]
Yonas Buraka

This is good news for recipient and more opportunities for students to integrate their knowledge to international level of academia, which they have been missing. On the other hand it is good name for Yale to further advance their good name they have already established. Thank you so much Yale to even consider opening up your prestigious door for Jimma University and other underserved universities around the world

12/11/07 @ 15:49
Comment from: gergud [Member]  
gergud

I wonder if these shaebya lovers going TO WHITE HOUSE TO LIGHT A CANDEL……………. And tel the world/yale shouldn’t open these courses to woyane universities,becouse the students are woyane. LISTEN SHAEBYA LOVERS KEEP
YOUR SELF IN DARK…ETHIOIA IS SHINING.

12/11/07 @ 15:52
Comment from: papa [Visitor]
papa

To ..The Python

The speed of internet depends on the payment ..its JU after all they can afford the price !!

12/11/07 @ 17:32
Comment from: MisirBilu [Visitor]
MisirBilu

That is really nice. Those things are taken for granted here but hopefully they will be v valuable in Jimma.

The Python,
Thats an excellent point you raised about internet speed. People would most definitely have a hard time viewing some of the material online and the students may not be able to take advantage of the program as much as the other participating universities. I really like the idea of downloading the videos on portable devices to take home. If you/someone could organize more people to take part, those could be very valuable. If we can just co-ordinate and find out what courses are given in eth that have video content online, I think it would be great help to students in eth. For example, MIT has some video lectures for math classes that are very helpful in understanding material which I am sure people will find helpful in ethiopia. So I hope more people want to participate in this initiative. Python, i hope you post some more comments on this. Great Idea!

12/11/07 @ 18:47
Comment from: Be positive [Visitor]
Be positive

gergud! what you saying! Yale did what they woyld do the same in Asmara and just be considrate

12/12/07 @ 00:37
Comment from: Independent [Visitor]
Independent

wow—really good news. Yale University is ranked 4-th all over the world and it shows how the Gov’t is workin hard to enhance the quality of education!

But is it Jimma University in Jimma, or there is another new built Jimma university in Mekelle? It isn’t clear.

12/12/07 @ 02:58
Comment from: AGAM [Visitor]
AGAM

This is good news for all ethiopian students back home.When ever any ethiopians go back home they should take few books with them to help the schools and library.It does not take too much to help our fellows back in ethiopia.

12/12/07 @ 04:05
Comment from: alex [Visitor]
alex

As my brother from NCSU said we all can do that i can help out to here in Minnesota state university moorhead they have those educational videos. One more thing please people don’t bull shit on these comment boxes u’r just wasting u’r time and energy. Don’t hate people and yeah ethiopia is on a gud track so u haters go skip ropes !

12/12/07 @ 05:15
Comment from: What [Visitor]
What

Minale endahunu, deg degun yemisifu sewoch bebezu. Lenegeru comment yemiyaregut bizuwochu, kelem yegebachew almeselegnim.

Sorry for the transliterated text. But i thought there was not way of explaining my heart out.

God bless Ethiopia

12/12/07 @ 08:11
Comment from: Kelebet [Visitor]
Kelebet

The Python, I really appreciate your courage. We need in millions to replicate person like you. You are so positive. I will for sure join your initiation with out any hesitation. In fact I am seriously collecting scientific literatures and lecture slides to send to the University which I used to teach. One time, we will devise a way and send educational materials in more organized manner.

Love wins!
Kelebet

12/13/07 @ 03:44

rebtel

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