This site was suggested by Percy Tiglao
On 4 April 2001, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
, the best technical learning centre in the world has started an ambitious 10-year project to put almost all of its course materials on the internet, freely and openly. They call it MIT's OpenCourseWare
, or MIT OCW for short. No registration needed, and you can download the same materials being taught to the best and brightest brains in the world.
In the words of MIT President Susan Hockfield:
|MIT President Susan Hockfield wrote:
|OpenCourseWare expresses in an immediate and far-reaching way MIT's goal of advancing education around the world. Through MIT OCW, educators and students everywhere can benefit from the academic activities of our faculty and join a global learning community in which knowledge and ideas are shared openly and freely for the benefit of all.
MIT OCW is not a degree-granting or certificate-granting activity and does not provide access to MIT faculty.
So far, the reaction has been profoundly positive with other institutions like Tufts University
and six top-ranking Japanese universities
launched their own pilot OCW projects.
While 500 courses are available online, almost all of them are lecture notes, which in some degree still depend on the existence of the textbooks, of which only a handful of them are available online. And of course, to fully utilize those notes one still need to attend the lecture itself. So there is still much to hope from the OCW project.
Click here to visit MIT's OpenCourseWare