Raises Funds to Increase Access to Education

Mountain View, California (EastBayDaily) — has donated $3,064 to help fund the OCW Consortium’s Open Education Week, a series of events planned for March 5-10, 2012 to raise awareness of open educational resources.

The Hewlett Foundation-sponsored Consortium is comprised of universities and organizations dedicated to lowering the traditional barriers to higher education. The Consortium seeks to create and promote free, open-license education resources like video lectures and courses, while simultaneously working to revolutionize educational credentialing processes in order to establish more flexible routes to degree attainment and certification. recently highlighted open educational resources with the OpenCourseWare People’s Choice Awards and regularly features innovative initiatives in open education in Education Portal Insider. OCW Consortium Executive Director Mary Lou Forward has said: “ is really helping to spread the word about the availability of OpenCourseWare and open educational resources. Thanks for making these valuable open resources known to a wide audience of learners!”

About is committed to making education accessible in a variety of ways. The site has long served as a comprehensive resource for its 2+ million monthly visitors to research degrees and career paths. Its newest initiative,Education Portal Academy, offers free video courses designed specifically for the online, independent learner. Education Portal Academy’s free lessons and interactive quizzes provide the lowest-cost path to credit in the U.S. and have already been hailed by educators as a “very worthwhile effort to provide an alternative, cost effective way to help people earn college credit” and a “gift…dropped into my lap.”


Stacy Redd