towards a literacy of cooperation

Howard Rheingold is teaching a class at Stanford this semester called Toward a Literacy of Cooperation.  The course wiki is the hub of the class and is offered as a way for non-Stanford students to participate in the course:

Stanford students and anyone anywhere interested in learning about the emerging interdisciplinary study of cooperation is welcome to participate in this group blog.

It’s certainly interesting that the course, in which I assume Stanford students are enrolled and therefore paying course fees, is so available to non-paying students (there’s even a video feed of the lectures).  Two things strike me here: 1) the course isn’t seen as a threat to the institution b/c the (paying) Stanford students must consider themselves to be getting something out of the experience that the online students aren’t, which means that 2) it provides an interesting model for universities to engage in "distance learning" by opening up on-the-ground courses to participation via the Internet.

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