M.I.T. to offer all current courses free online


"By the end of this year, the contents of all 1,800 courses taught at one of the world’s most prestigious universities will be available online to anyone in the world, anywhere in the world. Learners won’t have to register for the classes, and everyone is accepted.
The cost? It’s all free of charge.

The OpenCourseWare movement, begun at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in 2002 and now spread to some 120 other universities worldwide, aims to disperse knowledge far beyond the ivy-clad walls of elite campuses to anyone who has an Internet connection and a desire to learn.

Intended as an act of “intellectual philanthropy,” OpenCourseWare (OCW) provides free access to course materials such as syllabi, video or audio lectures, notes, homework assignments, illustrations, and so on. So far, by giving away their content, the universities aren’t discouraging students from enrolling as students. Instead, the online materials appear to be only whetting appetites for more."



Wow… so much cool information… This is an enormous boon of knowledge to tap into.


I assume this is just like “auditing” a class, and you can’t get actual credits this way?

Still though, rather neat. :slight_smile:


Wow, free learning, awesome!!!

It would be cool if you could get actual credits but that would be unreasonable. The fact that they are putting all that info online for everyone is incredible.


The great thing about it is that although it’s public nobody will understand it- except for maybe 130 other advanced, highly intellectual schools around the world and some thoughtful minds here and there.

Okay, I know it’s not exactly that simple but it’s slightly sad that most of the public won’t actually be able to utilize the amount of valuable information there is available in the M.I.T courses.


Wow, like, errr, a library!


wow, amazing news.

wouldn’t it be funny if knowledge was suddenly so cheap and accessible. You could just decide to learn anything one day and be able to. You’d get joe blows on the street correcting rocket scientists on their engine designs. You could get able patients helping out with surgury and treatment in hospitals when there isn’t enough medical staff in emergencies. Beggars will have signs like “will design microprocessors for food”. :smiley:


The only people that would be able to make use of these courses and information are people who would have been smart enough to go to the school to begin with or students from other schools such as caltech …etc etc I mean not just anyone can make use of the material but it’s a really neat gesture that’s for sure ! Gnomon should do the same thing :wink:


After looking thought the site I happened across this screen writing course which looks rather interesting:
http://ocw.mit.edu/OcwWeb/Music-and-Theater-Arts/21M-604Spring-2005/Readings/index.htm I’ll definitely be going over this one.


Its not just MIT. here is a complete list:

MIT: http://ocw.mit.edu/OcwWeb/Global/all-courses.htm

Stanford: http://itunes.stanford.edu/

Princeton: http://www.princeton.edu/WebMedia/lectures/ (wheee, Martin Scorsese: “Discusses Film-Making”)

Berkeley: http://webcast.berkeley.edu/courses/ and http://itunes.berkeley.edu

Purdue: http://boilercast.itap.purdue.edu:1013/Boilercast/

Carnegie Mellon: http://www.cmu.edu/oli/

Utah State: http://ocw.usu.edu/front-page/Courses_listing

Tufts: http://ocw.tufts.edu/CourseList

Johns Hopkins School of Public Health: http://ocw.jhsph.edu/topics.cfm and http://podcasting.jhu.edu/department.php

University of Washington Computer Science & Engineering: http://www.cs.washington.edu/education/course-webs.html

Harvard: http://athome.harvard.edu/

Openlearn: http://ocw.tufts.edu/CourseList

Connexions: http://cnx.org/content/browse_course_titles

Wikiversity: http://en.wikiversity.org and http://en.wikibooks.org


Hey, thanks for that list Sheep!

Mmmm… tasty knowledge.:drool:


I wish more universities did the same, particularly some open spanish university (UNED, 200.000 students), where people still have to buy books to course the lessons, and the usage of open standards is non-existent (and other european universities too, like the British Open University)


The OpenCourseWare movement is really going to have an impact on the future. For those who geographically or financially couldn’t dream of gaining access to this kind of tuition, this is going to be a watershed. It’s brilliant news.


The best of all is that they are filming some of the classes at MIT. I recomend the algorithm and some of the math classes as well as the physics. The physics teacher is really really good


Now if only more art schools did this.