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 was co-founded by Drs. Ed and Carol Diener. Ed was a professor emeritus at the University of Illinois, Urbana Champaign, and a professor at University of Virginia and the University of Utah, and a senior scientist at the Gallup Organization but passed away in April 2021. For more information, please see http://noba.to/78vdj2x5. 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 especially like to acknowledge the generous financial contributions of the Frank C. Diener Foundation. Nearly, 100 years ago Frank C. and Mary Alice Diener moved to a remote corner of the San Joaquin Valley (California), where they helped pioneer agricultural practices in what became one of the most fertile farm regions in the world. From the beginning, Frank and Mary Alice were invested in sharing their success with others through the formation of the Frank C. Diener Foundation. Over the years, they contributed to many causes including education, hospitals, museums, organizations addressing homelessness, and religious causes. We are grateful for the support of this foundation and its proud legacy of giving.