About iBerry

iBerry is a non-profit making website connecting to information and resources for learners and anyone with an interest in Open Education. The focus is on connection rather than content - we see iBerry as one small part of an emerging and Open Global Education Network that one day will bring inexpensive education to anyone, anywhere, regardless of their circumstances.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is iBerry's mission?

"Higher education shall be made equally accessible to all, on the basis of capacity, by every appropriate means, and in particular by the progressive introduction of free education." - Article 13: International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights, 16th December 1966

Higher Education remains an impossible dream for many people but resolution of the urgent and complex problems facing humanity will require considerable expertise involving a wide range of academic disciplines together with a climate of informed opinion able to meet the momentous changes to come. iBerry's mission is to foster free and accessible Higher Education by every appropriate means.

Are you setting up a free university with expert staff, creating open courses and storing open courseware in huge repositories?

Hardly! - iBerry has no resources apart from the interest and enthusiasm of its users and anyone who cares to help. 'Free' universities already exist and so do experts willing to contribute to open education by offering inexpensive Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) and other open online events. As for repositories, many Open Educational Resources (OER) including Open Courseware (OCW) and free online textbooks (OCW) are already accessible.

Then what DO you do?

iBerry provides information and resources for online learners and anyone else with an interest in education. We support online learners by providing information about Open Educational Resources (OERs), particularly Open Courseware (OCW) and Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs). The Open Education Directory points to hundreds of publicly accessible courses (lecture notes and videos, slides, podcasts, exam questions, software, demonstrations, etc) from all over the world. We also provide introductory information and list sites providing information on open textbooks and specialized links for particular subject areas.

How does iBerry compete for learners with other education websites?

We don't compete! With no advertising, no commerce, no hidden agenda, iBerry can afford to co-operate rather than compete. From a learner's point of view, different websites may well be best for different types of services and different types of learner. Rather than establish yet another 'walled garden' of captive users, iBerry encourages learners to find and use different websites for whatever educational services are best suited to their own needs.

Who runs iBerry?

iBerry was founded and is facilitated by me, a retired UK academic based in Malvern, UK but I also rely on users of this site or anyone else who cares to help - see 'Help us'.