We are pleased to announce that the Google Developers University Consortium has finally launched (out of private beta) to the public at our annual Google I/O conference in San Francisco. Feel free to share this with all of your colleagues in academia. Also keep an eye out for our official announcement at the Google Developers Blog along with the many others all this week!
We are also launching another site called the Google Developers Academy. When learning how to code against APIs from Google, it's not always easiest to learn directly from the traditional user documentation. The Academy aims to help users by providing lesson-based curriculum. A single 15-20 lesson should impart one specific skill to a reader, and a set of lessons constitutes a "class," much like students attending a 1-hour lecture by a professor. These course materials are open-licensed, and we encourage you, your colleagues, vocational institutions, and even corporate training companies can build their own custom courses from this base material.
As far as next steps for the Consortium are concerned, with the influx of new members and the rest of you returning from the summer, I'm hoping that we can continue to create a vibrant place for discussion and exchange of ideas! In addition to course materials, you're also welcome to share any research projects, recently published papers that you've been working on. I look forward to your continued participation as we open up a whole new chapter in the Consortium!