September 28, 2007
Some wonderful news: During our closing session at David Wiley’s Conference at Utah State today a senior official from the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation announced that ADA-compliance will be a feature of Yale University’s eagerly-anticipated Open Education Pilot Project release of three full undergraduate courses in its forthcoming Video Lecture Series. Yale’s move is another high-water mark for both that great University and the rapidly maturing Open Education Resources (OER) movement. These new top-notch academic resources from Yale will be the first major release of OER by a highly-respected U.S. University that can be used immediately by public and publicly-supported educational institutions in the United States, such as community colleges, without risk or fear of incurring costly violations under the ADA. By releasing the materials in a more legally useful format, Yale is about to make the biggest contribution yet to the growing global movement to improve the quality of teaching and learning and increase access to cutting edge educational opportunities.