Thursday, March 22, 2007

New Technology: Course Curriculum Online

MIT plans to make its entire 1800 course curriculum available online by the end of the year on the MIT OpenCourseWare site:

Welcome to MIT's OpenCourseWare:
a free and open educational resource (OER) for educators, students, and self-learners around the world.
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

Over 100 other universities have done the same thing. Courses are free, but no credit is granted. You have access to things like course materials, reading lists, homework (and sometimes the solutions), and even textbooks, streaming video lectures and lecture notes. You can find similar sites from Harvard Law School, Michigan State University, University of Notre Dame and University of California at Irvine, to name a few. Education is indeed changing, and so is the information that previously could only be accessed behind the walls of academia. This really shows the directional change towards lifelong learning.