What is the goal of the Basic Education Online Project?
The goal of the Basic Education Online project is to research and design a larger international project that will provide free, universal online access to developmental reading, developmental writing, developmental mathematics, and English for Speakers of Other Languages courses. These courses will be available for use by individuals seeking self-improvement or by professional educators in need of high-quality resources in these program areas. The courses will be of use not only to higher education professionals in readiness enhancement programs, but also to educators and students in secondary schools that lack formal programs in these areas.
What courses are included in the Basic Education Online Project?
The current project is focused on courses in Developmental/Remedial Reading, Developmental/Remedial Writing, Developmental/Remedial Mathematics, and English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL).
What are the guidelines for submitting a Statement of Qualifications?
You can access the Request for Qualifications on the League’s website.
You can access the Guidelines for Preparing the Statement of Qualifications for Developmental Reading, Developmental Writing, and Developmental Mathematics here.
You can access the Guidelines for Preparing the Statement of Qualifications for English for Speakers of Other Languages ( ESOL/ ESL) here.
What incentives does my institution have for participating in the program?
By submitting a statement of qualifications for a course, you enter that course into a pool from which participants in the proposed larger project will be selected. Representatives from institutions with selected courses will participate in the design of the larger project, thus helping to ensure that the activities and resources necessary for readying courses for the open-content environment are included in the proposal. In the process of transforming a course for the open-content environment, the project has the added benefit of enhancing and enriching the course for the college’s own use.
Of course, your institution would be able to offer the enhanced course to students at your institution as you would offer any other course, and in that context to provide the usual services to enrolled students and to award applicable credit to those students upon successful completion of the course. In the open-content environment, though, the course stands on its own, and the institution is not required to provide faculty or other institutional resources to users who are not enrolled in the institution or who have not paid appropriate tuition and fees. More simply, the course itself is available for free access; faculty, other personnel, institutional services, college-awarded credit, and so on, are not available for free access.
Participants in this project will become part of a global network of educators committed to the open-content movement and to universal access to education and knowledge. This is a relatively new area for education, and those involved in this work are not only discovering ways to make open content useful to educators and learners outside their institutions, but also exploring ways to make open-content courses self-sustaining. To learn more about the open-content movement and projects on open content in education, please visit the Hewlett Foundation website.
May we submit a statement of qualifications for more than one course?
Yes, but you must submit a separate statement of qualifications for each course.
If selected to participate, will my institution be required to provide course credit, faculty, and other institutional resources to learners who do not enroll in the class and pay applicable tuition and fees?
No. Participating institutions are not expected to provide credit or certification, nor are they required to provide faculty, academic support services, and other institutional resources for those users who access the course but do not enroll and pay applicable tuition and fees.
What institutional costs will be covered by the grant?
The current grant will cover travel expenses for individuals who participate in the October 22, 2005, work session in Dallas, Texas. The budget that will be developed for the proposal for the larger project will include funds to cover costs associated with the work of the project. An in-kind contribution from the institution may also be included; however, participants in the work session will help determine what that contribution would be.