About Noba and the Diener Education Fund

The Diener Education Fund (DEF) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization founded with the mission of re-imagining higher education to better serve the changing needs of students and professors. The focus of the DEF is on making information -- especially of the type found in textbooks -- widely available to people of all backgrounds. This mission is embodied in the Noba Project.

Noba is a free online platform that provides high-quality, flexibly structured textbooks and educational materials. These textbooks and materials are licensed under the Creative Commons CC BY-NC-SA 4.0 International License. Users may reuse, redistribute, and remix the content to suit their needs.

The goals of Noba are three-fold:

  • To reduce financial burden on students by providing access to free educational content
  • To provide instructors with a platform to customize educational content to better suit their curriculum
  • To present free, high-quality material written by a collection of experts and authorities in the field of psychology

The Diener Education Fund is co-founded by Drs. Ed and Carol Diener. Ed is a professor at the University of Virginia and the University of Utah. Carol Diener is the former director of the Mental Health Worker and the Juvenile Justice Programs at the University of Illinois. Both Ed and Carol are award-winning university teachers.


The Diener Education Fund would like to acknowledge the following individuals and companies for their contribution to the Noba Project: The staff of Positive Acorn, including Robert Biswas-Diener as managing editor and Peter Lindberg as Project Manager; The Other Firm for user experience design and web development; Sockeye Creative for their work on brand and identity development; Arthur Mount for illustrations; Chad Hurst for photography; EEI Communications for manuscript proofreading; Marissa Diener, Shigehiro Oishi, Daniel Simons, Robert Levine, Lorin Lachs and Thomas Sander for their feedback and suggestions in the early stages of the project.