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Sunday, March 04, 2007

India's publicly-funded open courseware

Yesterday I drew attention to Utah's publicly-funded open courseware.  Today I learned that India also has a publicly-funded OCW project in the National Programme on Technology Enhanced Learning (NPTEL).  NPTEL is jointly sponsored by the seven Indian Institutes of Technology (IITs) and the Indian Institute of Science (IISc).  It started offering free online courses in June 2006 and by June 2007 expects to have 4,600 hour-long streaming video lectures for 110 courses.  (Thanks to K. Mangala Sunder.)

Unlike other OCW projects, NPTEL offers teacher-student interaction through course-specific workshops and threaded discussion lists.