MIT’s new OpenCourseWare

January 4, 2007

Today’s Christian Science Monitor reports that MIT is offering a variety of courses for free, including syllabi, lectures, audio podcasts, and in some cases, lectures. Other universities are likewise offering their content to those who can’t afford astronomically high tuition costs. Bravo MIT and others! Not only are these universities doing something to attract more applicants, and thus gain more revenue, but open access to world-class university material… makes more world-class university material! The move fosters a delightful new ethic of permanent education, and may lead to the creation new social education networks. Will it rival the university? Who knows? In the meantime, it’s great for the future of the human pursuit of knowledge. (I hope to post more about this in future weeks.)

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