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Sunday, March 20, 2005

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As far as I am concerned there are only good things to say about this web site. If there are improvements that could be made, they pale compared to the benefits offered here.



But you don't have to be a rocket scientist - though you might learn enough to become one in your spare time - to realize the value that having access to MIT's course materials has to each and every one of us.

Granted, you don't have access to MIT's professors - how could they handle questions from all over the Internet? But, there is no tuition either.

To do a good deal of the reading required you may have to do a good deal of book buying or library borrowing, though you can in many cases get away with older cheaper editions.

Still, MIT for free?

This is a bargain the likes of which you should not be passing up if you have the need to learn and lack the means. Want to get yourself into a better position to get accepted at MIT? Knowing the coursework might, just might give you an advantage.

Of course, it is a great way of evaluating whether MIT is the school for you in the first place.

Wonder how long it will take the rest of the Ivy League to catch up? Never? Hmmn. We'll see how far alumni philanthropy goes. From my very brief look at things, it appears that this project was funded by a million dollar donation.

In the broader scheme of things that's not much for the pockets of Harvard, Yale, Princeton, even Notre Dame alums to cough up for the sake of the prestige of their alma maters. Unless of course they have a reason NOT to put their course materials online. How much did the Ignaugural Balls cost for that Yale Grad? Right.

Back to reality. Even if you have no interest in actually taking the courses, the site is fun to wander around in. Lots of nifty PDF files with maps and diagrams that are cool to look at and think about.

As Spock would say, "Fascinating".

If you have ever felt that you could have been more or done more if only you had access to a structured approach to your education, stop reading this darn article and click on the link below and go see what I am talking about!


MIT OpenCourseWare | OCW Home:



Here's MIT's own description of the program, and I quote:



"Welcome to MIT's OpenCourseWare:



a free and open educational resource for faculty, students, and self-learners around the world. OCW supports MIT's mission to advance knowledge and education, and serve the world in the 21st century. It is true to MIT's values of excellence, innovation, and leadership.



MIT OCW:



* Is a publication of MIT course materials


* Does not require any registration


* Is not a degree-granting or certificate-granting activity


* Does not provide access to MIT faculty"




The site provides access to MIT's Undegraduate and Graduate course materials and is literally too large for me to spend time explaining. Just go there!



Till next time,



Peter

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