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Winner: FGV Online
FGV Online is the only People's Choice Award nominee from the great nation of Brazil. Founded in 2000, the program has been a part of the OpenCourseWare Consortium since 2008, and it's made available through Brazil's Getulio Vargas Foundation. Over 40 courses, all in the Portuguese language, are offered through FGV Online, and more than 10 million users have visited the site.
Portuguese is the most spoken language in the Southern Hemisphere and the sixth most spoken language in the world. Therefore, it only makes sense that we recognize and celebrate a site dedicate to providing open education in what Don Quixote author Miguel de Cervantes called 'the sweet language.'
Our voters praised FGV in both English and Portuguese. The English kudos included admiration for the site's 'great courses,' 'clean layout' and dedication to be 'always innovating.' One voter noted that FGV Online 'contributed significantly to my professional life.' Another voter came away from the site believing that 'the company cares about education.' That's high praise in any language!
Finalist: Khan Academy
Khan Academy, the not-for-profit site providing video lessons and assessments, is so thoroughly adored that we'll let our voters describe it. Khan Academy 'has always been a leading figure in the race for open learning.' 'It's like your own personal tutor.' The site is 'incredibly engaging and fun' and it 'gives the freedom to study at your own pace.' It was described as 'a good and complete resource' where it's 'easy to find what you need and get a quick and simple tutorial.' Finally, as one voter noted, 'what Khan did is just amazing.'
Finalist: iTunes U
There are lots of cool things in your iPad, iPhone or iPod touch: movies, music, games and, believe it or not, an entire university. The free iTunes U app gives you access to a massive library of open education resources, including over 500,000 lectures, books, videos and more. The app enables you to keep all the various materials from one course, including the syllabus, presentations and assignments, as organized as your iTunes library (or as organized as you'd like your iTunes library to be). Our voters called iTunes U 'easy to use' and, like so many Apple products, considered it 'a very helpful resource that is easily accessible.'