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Tuesday, January 27, 2009

MIT Open Courseware

A few years ago, through its OpenCourseWare web-based program, MIT opened nearly all of their courseware to the public for free (as in free beer and free non-commercial usage). MIT OpenCourseWare is open and available to the world and is a permanent MIT activity. You can't earn an MIT degree or certificate, but you can study any of their offered courses in any manner or order that you wish, using their courseware, materials which, depending on the individual course, may include the syllabus, lecture notes, problem and answer sets, labs, readings and reading lists, videos, and more. No registration is required. You can get started here.

MIT is a highly regarded U.S. engineering and science institution, though the courseware includes their humanities offerings as well. So, a writer or reader might wish to take advantage of their literature courses or support their science fiction research through their science and engineering courses. If you happen to be a university or advanced high school student, you can supplement your study materials as well. One should appreciate that MIT has $10K-$15K invested in the materials for each course, so donations are appreciated.

Note to readers who are used to the terminology of the British model of education: American courses are comparable in meaning to British study units; whereas British courses are comparable in meaning to American degree programs. (If I've got that wrong, please let me know so that I can blame Jake, our editor.)

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