Driving Awareness, Adoptions, and Affordability
Mentor Cloud and Open Doors Group / College Open Textbooks Partner to
Facilitate Sharing Best Practices
New Community to Share Best Practices and Facilitate Mentoring in the Open Education Community
Cupertino, CA, January 26, 2012 — In honor of National Mentoring Month and Thank Your Mentor Day, Mentor Cloud and Open Doors Group/College Open Textbooks announced today the availability of an education community that allows 24x7 discussion threads and broadcast email messages to all members by all members. Generally all members will be both mentors and mentees in keeping with 21st century models of learning communities.
Education in the 21st Century faces an enormous challenge:
Education in the 21st Century is afforded three important opportunities to meet the above challenge:
Collaboration tools are needed in at least three areas of open education:
OpenDoorsGroup.MentorCloud.com, powered by Mentor Cloud, is the tool that allows for all three of the above. During the beta period, OpenDoorsGroup.MentorCloud.com will be free of cost to individuals who are thought leaders and contributors in open education. Invitations will be sent starting in early February. There may be a fee for organizations that sign up 5 or more individuals as well as organizations looking to tap into the open education community. There will also be a fee for organizations that are looking for facilitators to drive conversations on certain topics and areas.
"There is absolutely a need for a central place for those in the open education community to share best practices" says Mitchell Levy, Co-Director, College Open Textbooks, who emphasizes that Mentor Cloud is a great tool to provide this level of service.
About Open Doors Group/College Open Textbooks
Open Doors Group is an umbrella organization for several major open education initiatives including College Open Textbooks (COT). Since 2008, COT has driven awareness, adoptions, and affordability of textbooks for community colleges. The Open Doors Group has an even broader mandate because it serves K-12, universities, industry, and life-long learners as well as community colleges. Open Doors Group promotes all affordable learning methods and materials, not just textbooks. www.collegeopentextbooks.org
About Mentor Cloud
MentorCloud is a private online platform for alumni networks and non-profits, to engage members and facilitate peer-to-peer mentoring and knowledge sharing. www.mentorcloud.com
Open Doors Group/College Open Textbooks