Oplerno--A New and Affordable Higher Education

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Oplerno Education
Education
Burlington, Vermont
United States
1 Team Member


Oplerno is an Open Learning Organization—a global higher education movement for the 21st Century. Over the past six months we have built most of our technological infrastructure, recruited over 50 faculty from all over the world, developed a sustainable and profitable business plan and applied for approval to operate from the State of Vermont. We are launching this campaign to raise capital to take our organization to the next level and launch a platform in higher education that will lower costs for students, increase faculty pay and make access to small class size personal education a reality for everyone on the planet.  We also want to pay our staff for their hard work and dedication, and get our technological infrastructure up and running on secure servers.  We want you to found (and fund) Oplerno with us.

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1% for Change

Our campaign is a little different. Besides the perks listed on the right we make this promise: for every $100,000 we raise, Oplerno will donate 1% of our net profits—forever—to  fund educational, economic development, health and ecological projects. (We will make this commitment up to $1,000,000 or 10% of our net profits forever.) Your gift will not only fund our work, but it could also form the foundation for funding other change projects in the future.

The Basics

Oplerno is built upon empowering faculty and students.

·  Faculty own their courses, control the content and teaching approach, and earn at least 80% of the tuition they generate per student. Most importantly, they set the price of their class. We expect faculty will earn on average between $4,000 and $12,000 per 12-week class.

·  Students choose their courses based on content area, skills offered, faculty experience/reviews and cost. Most courses will cost between $500 and $1,500 per 12-week, 3-credit class.

·  Our infrastructure can be accessed using a smart phone or tablet enabling greater worldwide accessibility. If you have cell service you can access Oplerno.

·  “The Marketplace” is a proprietary dynamic sortable and searchable software system that creates an educational exchange where students find the courses and teachers that will meet their needs.

·  “Skills Portfolio” is a proprietary software program that offers another way to evaluate and document students' achievements and skills acquisition. This is used in addition to traditional grades and transcripts.

Perks

Our perks reflect our grassroots movement and hand-built customized approach to education.  Take home a beautiful desk by Vermont woodworker Eli Jager crafted out of beautiful, sustainably harvested white oak, or some world-famous Vermont maple syrup.  We also offer ways for you to display your support of the movement and redesign of higher education.  Grab a T-shirt, sticker, or even a program or college within Oplerno!  All of these are great ways to show that you support empowering great teachers, decreasing the burden of student loans, and stepping into the new way that education will be experienced.  And it wouldn’t be a true grassroots movement if we didn’t remind you that every dollar counts and helps us reach our campaign goal, so please give what you can!

If we don't reach our entire goal, we will still use our funds in the ways we described above (paying staff, launching our technological infrastructure on secure servers, helping get us toward accreditation).  We want to get this project operationalized and start allowing faculty members to teach for their fair share and for students to access high-quality education at a reasonable cost!

Below is the print being offered by photographer Michael Everett (www.everettvideo.com).  It represents Oplerno's mission of building a boat and setting out on our journey to reach the corners of the globe with access to high quality higher education:


We are all Founders

In coming up with an idea, building the foundation and creating a team is the first part of founding a new kind of educational institution. However, the real founding happens when people take ownership and build something greater than ourselves.  If you can spread the word, donate some money, or build a course then you are a founder. Oplerno is an Open Learning Organization designed to create a new kind of higher education. During this campaign, anyone who donates money, signs up to be a faculty member, or spreads the word is a founder and we will list them as such on our website forever. Let's get the change started!

About Us

Oplerno is a group of practitioners, teachers, staff members, advisors, and technological gurus.  We have three staff members, 50 faculty members (so far, and are always recruiting more!), and a strong team of advisors to help us on our quest.  Our staff has started schools, built software and houses, taught in all levels of education, and are ready for a change for students and faculty alike.  Our faculty are rocket scientists (really!), lawyers, educators, doctors, and passionate experts in their fields.  Our advisors should make any startup envious, as we have recruited a group with great energy, vast knowledge and experience, and a genuine support for Oplerno’s mission.

Find Out More

We have an extensive and very detailed website located at Oplerno.com. There is a lot of information on our operations including where our faculty are in the world and what they teach. You can also access a FAQ page at http://oplerno.com/faq/.

Voiceover by Liz Regan of The Color Machine (www.thecolormachine.com)
Music by (Ben Whalen is) Sugarbeard  

Founder T-Shirt



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$10,645USD
raised by 71 people in 2 months
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This campaign ended on February 1, 2014
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  • $10USD
    Thank You!

    Receive a personalized Thank You note signed by our founder, Robert Skiff.

    3 claimed
    Estimated delivery: February 2014
  • $25USD
    Thank You and Sticker

    Receive a a personalized Thank You note signed by our founder, Robert Skiff, and a limited-edition sticker for our contributors letting the world know that you helped redesign higher education! **Contributors outside the US please add $5 USD for shipping

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  • $50USD
    Thank You and T-Shirt

    Receive a a personalized Thank You note signed by our founder, Robert Skiff, and an organic cotton made in the USA Oplerno t-shirt* for our contributors letting the world know that you helped redesign higher education! *Please indicate size **Contributors outside the US please add $10 USD for shipping

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  • $70USD
    Thanks, Sticker, and T-Shirt

    Receive a signed, personalized Thank You from our founder, our limited-edition sticker for our contributors, AND an organic cotton Made-in-the-USA Oplerno t-shirt* for our contributors letting the world know that you helped redesign higher education! *Please indicate size **Contributors outside the US please add $10 USD for shipping

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  • $100USD
    Sweeten the Deal

    Receive a signed, personalized Thank You from our founder, our limited-edition sticker for our contributors, an organic cotton Made-in-the-USA Oplerno t-shirt for our contributors letting the world know that you helped redesign higher education. Plus, we will send you a pint of genuine, pure Vermont maple syrup! **Please add $15 USD for shipping. Maple Syrup cannot ship outside the US

    5 out of 100 claimed
    Estimated delivery: February 2014
  • $250USD
    Limited Edition Print

    Signed and Numbered Limited Edition Print from Michael Everett. Michael Everett, a talented New York-based photographer and videographer (www.everettvideo.com) is providing our campaign specially-commissioned photographs available only to those who choose this perk. We will release the photos throughout the campaign!

    2 out of 50 claimed
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  • $500USD
    5% off for 10 years

    Receive a 5% tuition reduction for any course you would like to take through Oplerno for 10 years. You choose when the 10 years starts! This perk is also transferrable: you can transfer as a gift to a friend or family member, young or old! We will issue signed and numbered certificates for you to keep or to give as gifts. If you would like delivery by a certain time (a holiday, birthday, etc), please order at least 10 business days prior and get in touch with us at info@oplerno.com

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  • $1,000USD
    10% off for 10 years

    Receive a 10% tuition reduction for any courses you (or your beneficiary) would like to take through Oplerno for 10 years. You choose when the 10 years starts! This perk is transferrable: you can give as a gift to a friend or family member, young or old! We will issue signed and numbered certificates for you to keep or give as a gift. If you would like delivery by a certain time (a holiday, birthday, etc.), please order this perk at least 10 business days prior and email info@oplerno.com

    2 out of 50 claimed
    Estimated delivery: January 2014
  • $2,500USD
    Handmade Vermont Table + 10%

    Receive a handmade Quarter-Sawn White Oak Table by Vermont woodworker Eli Jager. Each table will have inscribed a custom message or "This table redesigned higher education" on the underside (email info@oplerno.com to customize). ALSO: Receive a 10% tuition reduction for any courses you would like to take through Oplerno for 10 years. See instructions in above perk for timing and transferability. **Please add $50 for shipping **Contributors outside the US, please add $100 for shipping

    1 out of 2 claimed
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  • $10,000USD
    10% off Family/Friends forever

    10% off any and all courses offered through Oplerno for up to 5 family members, friends, or students for life. This perk is transferrable: You can give it as a gift to 5 individuals or to a group of up to 5 people. We will issue signed and numbered certificates for you to keep or give as a gift. If you would like delivery by a certain time (a holiday, birthday, etc.), please order this perk at least 10 business days prior and email us at info@oplerno.com

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  • $15,000USD
    A Week with Our Founder

    Our Founder, Rob Skiff, will spend a week at an event of your choosing anywhere in the world (we pay airfare and housing/lodging).

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  • $20,000USD
    Address the Issues + 10%

    Utilize Oplerno experts and instructors to address an issue that you feel is important. We will assemble and provide the team to work on your issue and deliver a plan to create an educational initiative to address it. In addition, get or give 10% off courses for life for you and/or 5 people to whom you gift this opportunity. The discount is transferrable: You can give it as a gift to 5 individuals or to a group of up to 5 people. See instructions above regarding issuance of certificates.

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  • $100,000USD
    Name a Department/Program +10%

    Name a Department or Program within Oplerno* and receive 10% off courses for life for 10 people to whom you gift this opportunity (or keep one for yourself!) We will issue signed and numbered certificates for you to keep or to give. If you would like delivery by a certain time (a holiday, birthday, etc.), please order this perk at least 10 business days prior and email us at info@oplerno.com *Department or Program name must be mutually approved by Contributor and Oplerno Administration

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  • $500,000USD
    Name a College + 10% for 10

    Name a College within Oplerno* and receive 10% off courses for life for 10 people to whom you gift this opportunity (or keep one for yourself!) We will issue signed and numbered certificates for you to keep or to give. If you would like delivery by a certain time (a holiday, birthday, etc.), please order this perk at least 10 business days prior and email us at info@oplerno.com *College name must be mutually approved by Contributor and Oplerno Administration

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