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How to go to M.I.T. for free
news.yahoo.com ^ | Thu Jan 4 | Gregory M. Lamb

Posted on 01/15/2007 3:52:44 AM PST by bad company

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

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KEYWORDS: distantlearning; mit; onlinecourses; onlineeducation
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The actual MIT link is here;

http://ocw.mit.edu/index.html

1 posted on 01/15/2007 3:52:47 AM PST by bad company
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To: bad company

http://webcast.berkeley.edu/courses.php

UC Berkeley


2 posted on 01/15/2007 3:55:02 AM PST by bkepley
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To: bad company

A neat idea, but what can I get from MIT courses that I can't get at the local library?


3 posted on 01/15/2007 3:58:13 AM PST by Lunatic Fringe (Say "NO" to the Trans-Texas Corridor)
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To: bad company
http://ocw.mit.edu/index.html

Above URL is the direct link.

It sounds great
4 posted on 01/15/2007 4:00:30 AM PST by HuntsvilleTxVeteran ("Remember the Alamo, Goliad and WACO, It is Time for a new San Jacinto")
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To: Lunatic Fringe
A neat idea, but what can I get from MIT courses that I can't get at the local library?

You can do this sitting in your jammies....... oops sorry. Forgot who I was talking to. ;-)

5 posted on 01/15/2007 4:01:49 AM PST by bad company ([link:www.truthout.org/docs_2006/083006J.shtml | The Path to 9/11])
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To: Lunatic Fringe
what can I get from MIT courses that I can't get at the local library?

You can play on the MIT Online Basketball Team. ;->

Seriously, this is a boon to homeschoolers. You don't have to search for the stuff elevant to your subject.

6 posted on 01/15/2007 4:04:53 AM PST by Izzy Dunne (Hello, I'm a TAGLINE virus. Please help me spread by copying me into YOUR tag line.)
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To: bad company
http://www.online-literature.com/author_index.php

Along this line here is a source for classic literature.
7 posted on 01/15/2007 4:05:07 AM PST by bad company ([link:www.truthout.org/docs_2006/083006J.shtml | The Path to 9/11])
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To: Lunatic Fringe

Local libraries have scant technical resources.

Actually, I've perused some of their courseware. Basically, it's just lecture notes, no big thing. You have to buy the text book with your own dough. Some of the lecture notes are mostly just hand drawn vugraphs. You do get problem sets, some solutions.

You cannot contact the faculty; you don't get a beaver ring, or a grade or a transcript.

I have found some excellent courseware on the Web, MIT's didn't really impress me.


8 posted on 01/15/2007 4:10:24 AM PST by Lonesome in Massachussets (Peace will come when the Palestinians love their children more than they hate Israel)
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To: bad company

Hey, thanks for the link.

Looks like this could be a cool site.


9 posted on 01/15/2007 4:14:08 AM PST by MDspinboyredux
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To: Izzy Dunne
Seriously, this is a boon to homeschoolers. You don't have to search for the stuff elevant to your subject.

I imagine this will be a tremendous benefit to progress, but a huge blow to modern leftism.

10 posted on 01/15/2007 4:15:48 AM PST by Moonman62 (The issue of whether cheap labor makes America great should have been settled by the Civil War.)
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To: bad company

Thanks for that link. I've been looking for something like that, Now I have it bookmarked.


12 posted on 01/15/2007 5:01:27 AM PST by Graybeard58 (Remember and pray for SSgt. Matt Maupin - MIA/POW- Iraq since 04/09/04)
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To: HuntsvilleTxVeteran

Thanks for the link, bookmarked.


13 posted on 01/15/2007 5:04:53 AM PST by AmericanMade1776 (Democrats don't have a plan)
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To: Nailbiter

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14 posted on 01/15/2007 5:13:51 AM PST by Nailbiter
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To: Lonesome in Massachussets
Basically, it's just lecture notes, no big thing.

It's been years since I saw "The Paper Chase", but IIRC, the students at Harvard break into the library and steal the class notes (from long ago) of the great Professor Kingsfield. Having these notes, they are sure, will reveal to them the deep secrets of Contract Law.

Of course, when they look at them, they learn that his notes are a lot like anybody's notes. The secret to the knowledge isn't in the notes -- it's in the minds of the people who think deeply on the subject.

That being said, I think MIT is doing a good thing here. It's not the Holy Grail, but it still has value.

15 posted on 01/15/2007 5:13:58 AM PST by ClearCase_guy (Enoch Powell was right.)
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To: 21stCenturion

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16 posted on 01/15/2007 5:17:55 AM PST by 21stCenturion ("It's the Judges, Stupid !")
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To: ClearCase_guy

Exactly. Lecture notes don't tell the whole story. That's what the professor is supposed to do--fill in the information between the lines.


17 posted on 01/15/2007 5:21:30 AM PST by rbg81 (1)
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To: bad company

Great. So now I can cut classes remotely...


18 posted on 01/15/2007 5:24:09 AM PST by gridlock (Time to dump the Rebound Guys (McCain & Rudy), and start looking for Mr. Right (Wing).)
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To: bad company

The old saying applies: You get what you pay for!


19 posted on 01/15/2007 5:28:21 AM PST by NHResident
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To: AntiKev

Ping to you


20 posted on 01/15/2007 5:29:12 AM PST by Former Proud Canadian (How do I change my screen name after Harper's election?)
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To: rbg81
But what fun are Noam Chomsky's lecture notes without the prescence of the master nutball himself?

Just kidding.
21 posted on 01/15/2007 5:36:21 AM PST by Lusis
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To: AntiKev
AK

here you go

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

22 posted on 01/15/2007 5:36:56 AM PST by Former Proud Canadian (How do I change my screen name after Harper's election?)
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To: bad company
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23 posted on 01/15/2007 5:44:13 AM PST by Mr170IQ
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To: Oberon

pingferlater.


24 posted on 01/15/2007 5:46:33 AM PST by Oberon (What does it take to make government shrink?)
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To: bad company
Cool...I've always wanted to understand the time-space continuum.
25 posted on 01/15/2007 5:48:05 AM PST by Gay State Conservative ("The meaning of peace is the absence of opposition to socialism."-Karl Marx)
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To: Mr170IQ

Ping mark


26 posted on 01/15/2007 5:50:03 AM PST by Cvengr
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To: bad company

pfl


27 posted on 01/15/2007 5:53:03 AM PST by nitzy
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To: ClearCase_guy

"It's been years since I saw "The Paper Chase", but IIRC, the students at Harvard break into the library and steal the class notes (from long ago) of the great Professor Kingsfield. Having these notes, they are sure, will reveal to them the deep secrets of Contract Law.
Of course, when they look at them, they learn that his notes are a lot like anybody's notes. The secret to the knowledge isn't in the notes -- it's in the minds of the people who think deeply on the subject."

As I recall, their objective was to peer into the mind of Professor Kingsfield, to understand how HE thought, not the deep secrets of Contract Law. They were successful, as the scene in the classroom demonstrated...nonplussed Kingsfield.


28 posted on 01/15/2007 6:01:40 AM PST by mountaineer1997 (Mourn not, but practice rescue skills!)
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To: Shyla

ping for later


29 posted on 01/15/2007 6:03:08 AM PST by Shyla (Campers laugh at clowns behind closed doors)
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To: Moonman62
this will be a tremendous benefit to progress, but a huge blow to modern leftism.

I don't understand the distinction.

30 posted on 01/15/2007 6:18:49 AM PST by Izzy Dunne (Hello, I'm a TAGLINE virus. Please help me spread by copying me into YOUR tag line.)
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To: bad company

bump for later


31 posted on 01/15/2007 6:20:47 AM PST by joebellis
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To: presently no screen name

bookmark


32 posted on 01/15/2007 6:22:55 AM PST by presently no screen name
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To: Lonesome in Massachussets

>> you don't get a beaver ring

What's a "beaver ring"?

I imagine it's *not* what I could imagine it might be.


33 posted on 01/15/2007 6:26:43 AM PST by Nervous Tick
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To: The Louiswu

ping read later


34 posted on 01/15/2007 6:30:09 AM PST by The Louiswu (Never Forget!)
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To: DYngbld

ping


35 posted on 01/15/2007 6:31:34 AM PST by DYngbld (Aspire to inspire before you expire)
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To: mountaineer1997
I am sure most people learn from movies and TV shows.:)
I can second guess better than most pro coaches.:)
36 posted on 01/15/2007 6:37:45 AM PST by HuntsvilleTxVeteran ("Remember the Alamo, Goliad and WACO, It is Time for a new San Jacinto")
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To: Mr170IQ

Ping


37 posted on 01/15/2007 6:39:28 AM PST by MissionMan (Africa - Bound)
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To: bad company

Does M.I.T. have a disclaimer absolving itself of any liability from chem lab explosions in the student's kitchen?


38 posted on 01/15/2007 6:41:16 AM PST by Rb ver. 2.0
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To: Lonesome in Massachussets

It would be better if they had filmed the classes and provided the video.

However, that might give too many people ideas. Why do we spend so much money re-teaching the same courses over and over again, year after year.

Can you imagine doing software that way? re-writing the same code every time you want to accomplish a task again?

Why can't we find the best teacher in the country for each subject class, have them film the perfect class lecture series, and just show them in the classes.

You'd still have teachers in the class to answer questions and to expound on the information, but you'd know the material was being conveyed by an expert, and you could probably get by with fewer teachers. For example, a teacher could take two classes, with the tapes taking up half of each class, while the teacher came in for the other half -- doubling class sizes without decreasing the per-teacher ratio.

Of course, you would never get away with this. In fact, teachers are using more and more online and taped material in classes, but without decreasing the number of teachers OR their pay, even though they are doing less work as they rely more and more on the programmed material.


39 posted on 01/15/2007 6:42:33 AM PST by CharlesWayneCT
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To: Izzy Dunne
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40 posted on 01/15/2007 6:50:06 AM PST by BigSkyDream
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To: bad company

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41 posted on 01/15/2007 7:20:26 AM PST by buschbaby
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To: Mr170IQ
Bump for Review.. Free Education links..

Thanx to All for the links & Info..

42 posted on 01/15/2007 7:30:28 AM PST by Drammach (Freedom... Not just a job, it's an adventure..)
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43 posted on 01/15/2007 7:38:36 AM PST by Heartlander
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To: bad company

bump for later read


44 posted on 01/15/2007 7:54:14 AM PST by Colorado Doug
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To: joebellis

me too


45 posted on 01/15/2007 8:16:25 AM PST by Old Professer (The critic writes with rapier pen, dips it twice, and writes again.)
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To: Cailleach; nnn0jeh

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46 posted on 01/15/2007 8:47:47 AM PST by kalee (No burka for me....EVER!)
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To: TR Jeffersonian

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47 posted on 01/15/2007 8:51:25 AM PST by kalee (No burka for me....EVER!)
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To: pbear8

Bookmarking #23


48 posted on 01/15/2007 8:53:26 AM PST by pbear8 (Jack's back - everybody duck!!)
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To: bad company

bump


49 posted on 01/15/2007 9:51:39 AM PST by tophat9000 (Al-Qaidacrats =A new political party combining the anti American left and the anti Semite right)
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To: Nervous Tick
Here we come a beavering
among the leaves so green...

:-)

According to wikipedia it's the MIT class ring.

50 posted on 01/15/2007 10:00:12 AM PST by ItsForTheChildren
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