"Free study material is popular"
The free self-study material offered by the Open University of the Netherlands has been downloaded 10,000 times.
10 December 2007
HEERLEN – The free self-study material offered online by the Open University of the Netherlands has been downloaded 10,000 times over the past year. The Open University said on Monday that the "results were excellent, seen from an international perspective."
The courses are part of an experiment sponsored by the ministries of education and culture, social affairs and employment, and the American Hewlett Foundation. The aim is to make higher education more accessible.
Interest has been much greater than anticipated, says rector magnificus Fred Mulder. "Open educational resources are taking off worldwide, but people abroad are still surprised at the results we have achieved in the Netherlands with a relatively modest plan. The British Open University launched an extensive range of free courses last year with the help of a much bigger budget. Despite the larger target audience, language-wise, it ‘only' received 1 million visitors during the first year."
The plan is to expand the number of courses on offer. 18 are currently available online.
[Copyright Expatica News + ANP 2007]
Subject: Dutch news