Thursday, March 15th 2007

MIT To Put Its Entire Curriculum Online Free Of Charge

In 2002, when MIT decided to experiment with placing course contents on the Web for open access, the university's officials knew they were breaking new ground and had no idea how the effort would be received.

On Tuesday, school officials revealed plans to make available the university's entire 1,800-course curriculum by year's end. Currently, some 1.5 million online independent learners log on the MIT OpenCourseWare (OCW) site every month and more than 120 universities around the world have inaugurated their own sites for independent learners. MIT has more than 1,500 course curriculums available online to date.

"About 40% of the MIT alumni population uses the site," said Steve Carson, the OCW's external relations director, in an interview Tuesday. "Usually they take courses they didn't have time for while they were students here." The courses are free of charge and no course credit is granted.

Carson said MIT's teachers collect what they have created for their courses and make it available over the Web. Many online learners purchase text books for the courses they are monitoring and a recent MIT-Amazon link showed that about 2,000 text books were ordered by independent learners, demonstrating just how serious the learners are.

"Video and audio files are very popular," said Carson. "There are 21 courses with full video available." Typically, independent learners view videos with streaming media players and replay them on PCs, MP3s, or iPods.

The entire effort has altruistic overtones of intellectual philanthropy. MIT's Anne Margulies, executive director of the program, recently described the OCW program as knowledge "shared openly and freely. MIT is using the power of the Internet to give away all of the educational materials created here."Source: Information Week
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13 Comments on MIT To Put Its Entire Curriculum Online Free Of Charge

#1

YEY IT'S LIKE MY FREAKIN BIRTHDAY!

(savecaps ^_^)
#2
RickyG512
wat is MIT

wat do they do, never heard of it, maybe coz im in england which has no communicaton to the outsite computer world
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Pretty much the most prestigious tech school in like the world ^_^
#4
Completely Bonkers
Never heard of M.I.T.? It's like saying you've never heard of Oxford, or Cambridge. And to think you hang out on a technology forum.
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Completely Bonkers
Fantastic news. Not only is this interesting to the general public wanting to "learn" in their spare time... this is FANTASTIC NEWS for students at other Universities. They will have access to resources to help make up for the fact that their own resources (whether thats books, lecturers or professors) are not up to scratch.
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Easy Rhino
Linux Advocate
yes this is a great way for students who will graduate highschool to look into possible majors. you can see what each major course is like and what you will learn. so you dont have to waste a year or whatever trying to figure it out and waste credits on something that you turn out hating.
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WarEagleAU
Bird of Prey
MIT is the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. A very high profile college with emphasis on technology, science, math, chemistry, etc. ITs like a very nice college where top people come from. Just like Harvard, Stanford, Yale, Oxford and Cambridge.


Nice idea..but how does it help us?
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Rejectcase
by: WarEagleAU
MIT is the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. A very high profile college with emphasis on technology, science, math, chemistry, etc. ITs like a very nice college where top people come from. Just like Harvard, Stanford, Yale, Oxford and Cambridge.
Nice idea..but how does it help us?
by: Easy Rhino
yes this is a great way for students who will graduate highschool to look into possible majors. you can see what each major course is like and what you will learn. so you dont have to waste a year or whatever trying to figure it out and waste credits on something that you turn out hating.
You was already answerd in one way. and also - people that have been through classes and want to go back to recap. (Just read the responsesd from other people.....):shadedshu
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#9
Sh00t1st
pretty sure i told you guys about this a while ago lol.
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#10
Sh00t1st
also prety sure its in that speed of light thread, i suggested places people could go to learn about phsyics and other stuff like that, i had mentioned the fact that mit gave free courses and lectures and other stuff.
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#11
Rejectcase
J00 gotta link to that , if so mad props to you and sorry for overlooking it.
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#12
Benpi
by: WarEagleAU
Nice idea..but how does it help us?
Really? You don't get how it helps us??? This means you can go take MIT courses for FREE! You don't need a degree to get an awesome tech job or invent something. According to an Xbox Live employee, most of the people on the Xbox team don't have a college degree.
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Completely Bonkers
... I'm worried about the logic there. Do you mean that if I'm too stupid to go to college I can invent consoles and stuff? Perhaps I should bunk. (jk)
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