Recently, I became enamoured with the efforts (and concept) of the University of the People, and volunteered my time to help manage, develop, or teach online (I also have a business background). I was impressed with those already involved, but more so I was impressed with the generousity of the founder Shai Reshef. The university greatly supports emerging notions of OER, online learning, and philanthropy. Business Week provides a good review of the school.
However, I was not the only one who had the urge to pitch in. I received the following kindly worded email when I applied to help. I hope I can get involved in some way at a future time.
Thank you for your interest in contributing your valuable time to the mission of University of the People
We will process your information and attempt to match your interests and experience to our current volunteer opportunities.
While we would like to respond to each of you individually, the amazing outpouring of offers to help with respect to our modest staff currently makes this impossible.
If we have not yet responded to you about volunteering for a specific activity, please do not be discouraged or feel that you have not been heard. We are listening and as we expand, our activities will certainly be able to benefit from all of your potential contributions.
Again – thank you for your amazing support – and please stay with us. Together we can all reach our shared goal to make higher education available to all.
If you have not yet done so, please forward your CV to assist us in matching you to our volunteer activities.
The Staff of University of the People