The Academic Porthole*
"Everyone has the right to education." - Article 26: Universal Declaration of Human Rights, 10th December 1948
"Higher education shall be made equally accessible to all, on the basis of capacity, by every appropriate means, and in particular by the progressive introduction of free education." - Article 13: International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural
Rights, 16th December 1966
iBerry provides information and resources for online learners, researchers, educators and anyone else with an interest in adult education. iBerry is non-profit making with no commercial or institutional affiliations.
The focus is on connection rather than content - we see iBerry as one small part of an emerging and Open Global Education Network bringing inexpensive education to any adult, anywhere in the world, regardless of circumstances.
* Porthole ? ... No, not a spelling error - it's a small but cheerful window in the side of the Higher Education ship - for illumination and enlightenment !
Open Education Directory
The Open Education Directory lists publicly-available educational resources including Open Courseware (OCW) - lecture notes, videos, slides, podcasts, exam questions, software, demonstrations, images etc - selected from the universities and colleges of the world.
OCW items are described by a combination of tags according to Subject, Media Type and academic Level so that users can customize their searches. There are resource pages for every subject with links to the best 'directory sites' for comprehensive resources.
Support for Online Learners
Free and open support extending beyond basic Open Courseware is now available to online learners.
Open Courseware (OCW) does not usually come with other parts of the educational process such as expert tuition, interaction among learners or assessment and creditation. This has changed dramatically with the advent of innovations such as Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) that are freely available to anyone, anywhere on the globe regardless of circumstances.
If you wish you can login and contact others with similar interests. iBerry relies on the goodwill of its users - ideas and suggestions are very welcome. Learning greatly benefits from contact with other learners and visitors are encouraged to use iBerry in building their own Personal Learning Network (PLN) along with other sites that also provide learner support.
Most of iBerry's facilities are freely available to anyone but logged in users also have access to the profiles of other registered users. If you are interested in a particular topic it can be rewarding to leave your profile and maybe contact others with similar interests or from the same country as yourself. Other users can easily be contacted without revealing private email addresses. iBerry never passes email addresses or profile information to third parties in any shape or form and does not engage in commercial activities of any kind.
The News Aggregator brings together numerous RSS feeds on Education topics.
News from a variety of sources is grouped in 4 categories. The content can be viewed by anyone but logged in users can also display their preferred categories as blocks of headlines.
|iBerry is an affiliate member of the OCW Consortium.|