We hope you enjoy this edition of OLE Nepal Newsletter, a bi-monthly email newsletter from Open Learning Exchange (OLE) Nepal. It provides current news and information about the organisation and its activities and will keep you up to date with OLE Nepal's work to provide high quality education for children in Nepal.
This may be the golden age for "do-it-yourself". We are all creating and distributing objects, images, sounds and text in ways that not long ago required the direct, hands-on involvement of experts. "DIY" is behind the growth of blogs (e.g. Wordpress), self-publishing (e.g. Lulu), music-recording (e.g. Garage Band), podcasts (e.g. iTunes), and the emergence of a whole new category of celebrity - YouTube stars. 3D printing, in which successive layers are built up into objects under the control of a computer, appears to be next.
Is the OLPC model still valid? It never was valid, at least not for the target group it was aimed at, and that hasn't changed. There are so many things wrong with the OLPC model that it is hard to know where to begin, but let me try to summarize. Let's look at objectives, means,
Ivy walls lower with free online classes from Coursera and edX (via The Christian Science Monitor) As the school year revs up, Massachusetts Institute of Technology professor Anant Agarwal looks forward to teaching his most popular class. Last semester, Circuits and Electronics welcomed in 154,000 students - 35 times as many as the entire undergraduate enrollment at MIT. The class kicked off MIT [Man opening laptop via Sutterstock]