The Open Education Consortium Welcomes New Members (March 2015)

The OE Consortium is pleased to announce the addition of the following corporate member:

Open Assembly (USA)

Open Assembly is a cloud-based platform for collaborative learning and content curation, inside or outside of a formal course structure. The platform allows users to connect with each other around three top-level feature sets: modularized courseware, OER content collections, and groups. Each of these feature sets facilitates the creation of social spaces for users to collaborate and interact. OER collections currently include best-in-class open textbooks, open courseware, Wikibooks, and over 6M primary resources in the Digital Public Library of America (DPLA). More OER collections will be added over time. Open Assembly can be used as an external tool within any Learning Management System (LMS). We are especially focused on serving the needs of community colleges, with tools that increase student engagement by creating new opportunities for connection, collaboration, and interaction. Open Assembly is a social entrepreneurship. We hope to develop a sustainable, affordable business model for OER.

Open Assembly seeks to provide OEC members, including community colleges in the CCCOER, with access to modularized MIT OCW and other open courseware in order to gain insight into whether OCW users 1) find value in collaborative content curation within learning paths; and 2) whether they are more likely to adapt OCW if it is modularized. Users are encouraged to complete a special survey located on our platform that sends results to the OER Research Hub. Open Assembly is organizing pilots with institutions in the CCCOER for 2015-2016. At the heart of these pilots is the hypothesis that by facilitating adaptation of OER through collaboration tools and modularized content we can increase student engagement as well as accelerate adoption of OER.