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M.I.T. Game-Changer: Free Online Education For All
Forbes ^ | 12/21/2011 | James Marshall Crotty

Posted on 01/07/2012 3:23:43 PM PST by Sprite518

For Wall Street Occupiers or other decriers of the “social injustice” of college tuition, here’s a curveball bound to scramble your worldview: a totally free college education regardless of your academic performance or background. The Massachusetts Institute of Technology (M.I.T.) will announce on Monday that they intend to launch an online learning initiative called M.I.T.x,which will offer the online teaching of M.I.T. courses free of charge to anyone in the world.

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TOPICS: Business/Economy; Culture/Society; Miscellaneous; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: academia; classes; clubs; degrees; education; free; homeschool; mit; mitx; online; onlinelearning; rackets
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Have you ever wanted to go to M.I.T. ? Now anyone in the world can go to M.I.T. online for free.
1 posted on 01/07/2012 3:23:50 PM PST by Sprite518
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To: Sprite518
MIT has had courses on line for years.

They do not accrue towards an MIT degree (thus far), however, making them worth what you pay for them in the eyes of degree consumers.

2 posted on 01/07/2012 3:25:34 PM PST by the invisib1e hand (Ignorance is no excuse.)
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To: Sprite518

For the last time, I’m not voting for Mitt.

Oh..., nevermind.


3 posted on 01/07/2012 3:27:26 PM PST by DoughtyOne (This administration is Barawkward... yes lets try everything that failed in the 20th Century. NOT!)
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To: Sprite518

Sooner or later major institutions are going to be forced to offer online courses leading to degrees – even if it messes up their brick and mortar job protection plans.


4 posted on 01/07/2012 3:31:12 PM PST by vortigern
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To: Sprite518

That is a strong move


5 posted on 01/07/2012 3:32:52 PM PST by yldstrk ( My heroes have always been cowboys)
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To: the invisib1e hand

But with the course outlines and a person’s willingness to buy the textbooks and self-study, you could challenge the exams and just pay the fee for the exams and get credit for the course.

There are really only a few courses overall that you’d actually have to participate because of the real need to do labs and other hands-on.


6 posted on 01/07/2012 3:33:35 PM PST by Jonty30 (What Islam and secularism have in common is that they are both death cults.)
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To: the invisib1e hand
According to M.I.T. and Forbes this is something new.

“The Massachusetts Institute of Technology (M.I.T.) will announce on Monday that they intend to launch an online learning initiative called M.I.T.x,which will offer the online teaching of M.I.T. courses free of charge to anyone in the world.”

At any rate, I think any paper from M.I.T. if valid is a plus on the resume. Granted a degree is desired, but I don't see how this could hurt a job resume.

What's important though is that perhaps it will interest enough people to become scientist and engineers.

7 posted on 01/07/2012 3:34:44 PM PST by Sprite518
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To: DoughtyOne

LOL!


8 posted on 01/07/2012 3:36:01 PM PST by Sprite518
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To: vortigern

Agree with you that this might just be a “back door” or a final outcome if this gains traction world wide.


9 posted on 01/07/2012 3:38:17 PM PST by Sprite518
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To: Sprite518

You can take the classes but you won’t get a degree. So can someone explain to me how this a “game changer”?


10 posted on 01/07/2012 3:38:25 PM PST by Rokurota
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To: Sprite518
At any rate, I think any paper from M.I.T. if valid is a plus on the resume.

It is right now. That could change.

11 posted on 01/07/2012 3:38:57 PM PST by tacticalogic ("Oh, bother!" said Pooh, as he chambered his last round.)
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To: Sprite518
It is not fair for so few people to have the prestigious MIT Engineering degrees, now everyone can.
12 posted on 01/07/2012 3:42:22 PM PST by mountainlion (I am voting for Sarah after getting screwed again by the DC Thugs.)
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To: vortigern

I’ve been saying this for a long time. The state of California should put all coarses that can be put online up free of charge. If education is of a benefit to society than put it online for free. You could then go to the campus for testing for a reasonable fee. You could get all your classes that don’t require a physical presence out of the way before you go off to college. The problem is that would take the big money out of it.


13 posted on 01/07/2012 3:44:43 PM PST by Lurkina.n.Learnin (The democratic party is the greatest cargo cult in history.)
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To: Sprite518
The article you posted is actually a blog hosted on the Forbes website. The initiative had already been announced on December 19th. The following link from the MIT website has the details:

MIT launches online learning initiative

14 posted on 01/07/2012 3:45:06 PM PST by willieroe
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To: Rokurota

Right now you can’t..... However, even if they never happens. Any further education is always a big plus on the resume. It tell employers that not only are you trainable, but that a candidate is self motivated and has a desire to learn and grow. That’s just one example. Another would be say you have an engineer and he wants to understand a different part of engineering he did not study. For instance, the engineer is a civil engineer and that he wants understand what an electronics engineer understands. This is one way he can do it. I do not see how this is a bad thing at all.

It’s great too because we do not need any more degrees in Sociology or Basket weaving. It’s a waste of time and paper IMHO.


15 posted on 01/07/2012 3:45:38 PM PST by Sprite518
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To: willieroe

Thanks!


16 posted on 01/07/2012 3:49:09 PM PST by Sprite518
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To: Rokurota

In several ways, it is a game changer.

A person could take these on-line classes to understand the material, then take the class for credit. Or, after having taken the class for credit, a student can than take the online courses to strengthen his understanding of the material. No need to pay for classes twice.

By creating non-credited courses now, it could eventually lead to taking online courses for credit, as educators figure an effective means to teaching the course online.

If you have a hobby interest, it also means you don’t have to pay for courses of your interest, since you’re only doing it for a hobby.

If it becomes the preferred method of teaching, MIT or whomever, could pay world class teachers to produce videos that would be accessible for everybody. In otherwords, it would allow everybody to have the same level of elite education and everybody’s ability to become educated becomes less of a matter of how wealthy or connected you are, but more on your personal motivation and ability.

That’s just off the top of my head.


17 posted on 01/07/2012 3:50:05 PM PST by Jonty30 (What Islam and secularism have in common is that they are both death cults.)
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To: Sprite518

Obviously nothing is “free.” Somebody is paying for it, which I assume is the students who are taking classes at MIT for their actual degrees. MIT isn’t going to undercut itself, so there will always have to be students paying the big bucks for the big degrees. And those students will demand that their degrees are worth much much more than the free online courses.


18 posted on 01/07/2012 3:50:27 PM PST by Rokurota
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To: Sprite518

Obviously nothing is “free.” Somebody is paying for it, which I assume is the students who are taking classes at MIT for their actual degrees. MIT isn’t going to undercut itself, so there will always have to be students paying the big bucks for the big degrees. And those students will demand that their degrees are worth much much more than the free online courses.


19 posted on 01/07/2012 3:50:41 PM PST by Rokurota
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To: Jonty30

ping


20 posted on 01/07/2012 3:51:09 PM PST by Boardwalk
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I’m sure this will somehow hurt women and minorities.


21 posted on 01/07/2012 3:51:09 PM PST by dsrtsage (One half of all people have below average IQ...In the US the number is 54%)
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To: Jonty30

ping


22 posted on 01/07/2012 3:51:09 PM PST by Boardwalk
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To: Lurkina.n.Learnin

There’s big money here as well.

How many people go to MIT now, compared with the millions that would be willing to pay for exams to get credited.


23 posted on 01/07/2012 3:53:23 PM PST by Jonty30 (What Islam and secularism have in common is that they are both death cults.)
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To: Sprite518

Courses for free, text books $27,000 each! ;-)


24 posted on 01/07/2012 3:54:12 PM PST by The Chief (Volunteer Fire Fighter since 1989, 20+ years!)
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To: Sprite518

You can take the classes but they are *NOT* going to give you the degree?

Why not?

Is it because the communists who run MIT want to make money on a product they’re offering?


25 posted on 01/07/2012 3:58:05 PM PST by Tzimisce (Never forget that the American Revolution began when the British tried to disarm the colonists.)
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To: The Chief

“Courses for free, text books $27,000 each! ;-)”

Plus S&H, of course.


26 posted on 01/07/2012 3:59:13 PM PST by Magic Fingers
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To: Rokurota

knowledge has always been free for the taking, and, with the internet, more is available than ever before, the problem is that few have the drive or ambition to take it and learn it.


27 posted on 01/07/2012 4:00:06 PM PST by WorkerbeeCitizen (I STAND WITH ISRAEL)
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To: Lurkina.n.Learnin
If education is of a benefit to society than put it online for free. You could then go to the campus for testing for a reasonable fee.

Best idea in education ever!

28 posted on 01/07/2012 4:03:49 PM PST by Valpal1 (Worst tyranny is to force a man to pay for what he does not want because you think it good for him.)
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To: Magic Fingers

E-bay, Amazon, Craig’s List and even some web site have a lot of books for dirt cheap or free. Where there is a will there is a way.


29 posted on 01/07/2012 4:11:26 PM PST by Sprite518
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To: Lurkina.n.Learnin

Outstanding idea!


30 posted on 01/07/2012 4:12:56 PM PST by Sprite518
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To: Tzimisce

Is it not the function of a free market to offer a service or product and charge what people are willing to pay?

MIT is actually removing the socialistic gateway from their product and putting it out on the free market.

This is something we should support.


31 posted on 01/07/2012 4:15:02 PM PST by Jonty30 (What Islam and secularism have in common is that they are both death cults.)
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To: Magic Fingers

This site is $12 a month to download all the free electronic books and documents you want. It’s one of many that do this. I would be willing to bet they have some of the M.I.T. books.

http://www.scribd.com/


32 posted on 01/07/2012 4:16:57 PM PST by Sprite518
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To: Jonty30

Agree 100%


33 posted on 01/07/2012 4:18:09 PM PST by Sprite518
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To: Sprite518

There are TONS of educational material on the web - everything from lectures to math demos to animated frog dissections to you-name-it. Other than for social and/or sports reasons, (or of course the free lunch & babysitting service) the educational institutions are bound for change.

There will be the wailing & gnashing of teeth of the entrenched educational establishment, but it’s just a matter of time.


34 posted on 01/07/2012 4:21:32 PM PST by P.O.E. (Pray for America)
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To: Sprite518

Interesting site, thanks.


35 posted on 01/07/2012 4:28:32 PM PST by Magic Fingers
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To: P.O.E.

No doubt Educators will fight this tooth and nail...


36 posted on 01/07/2012 4:29:27 PM PST by Sprite518
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To: Sprite518

They will make the money with the text books. Have you priced them recently? Criminal.


37 posted on 01/07/2012 4:36:46 PM PST by NonValueAdded ("At a time like this, we can't afford the luxury of thinking!")
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To: Sprite518
What's important though is that perhaps it will interest enough people to become scientist and engineers.

Science gets a lot of lip service, but companies don't want to PAY for technical expertise. They want it cheap, and they want to hire it in the form of contractors. This is not the way to make new technology happen. I would not advise anyone to go into the sciences--the courses are tough, you end up spend 20 class hours for a 5 hour credit because of the lab courses, and then when you graduate, you find yourself reporting to some slug with a marketing degree. It only gets better as you gain experience, because your experience is downgraded--"entry level" jobs with 3-5 years industrial experience. This country has to get serious about employing the technical people we already have before hatching out legions more.
38 posted on 01/07/2012 4:37:16 PM PST by Nepeta
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To: Tailback

I’ve had this feeling for awhile that the internet revolution will lead to specific Universities losing power, while certain Professors will gain power almost reaching superstar status. If you can pick and choose which professor you learn from nationwide for credit in a specific course, why choose some nutcase liberal? Why would anyone not choose Victor Davis Hansen for classical studies?


39 posted on 01/07/2012 4:48:13 PM PST by Tailback
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To: Jonty30
Right off the top all you need are a small army of top quality animators and you can do all sorts of things.

At the moment we are a bit short handed but we're catching up fast.

Watch advertising on TV for a good taste of where we are going.

40 posted on 01/07/2012 4:49:48 PM PST by muawiyah
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To: Nepeta

We are currently short of “technical people”. Somebody forgot to have our people go to college at engineering schools.


41 posted on 01/07/2012 4:52:00 PM PST by muawiyah
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To: Rokurota

Because you can learn something. You know, it is ENTIRELY possible under the current system to earn a degree and NOT learn anything.


42 posted on 01/07/2012 4:59:29 PM PST by yldstrk ( My heroes have always been cowboys)
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To: Rokurota
You can take the classes but you won’t get a degree. So can someone explain to me how this a “game changer”?

People who want to take high level college classes, just for the sheer delight of learning, or to educate themselves about whatever they live, now have the opportunity to do so.

43 posted on 01/07/2012 5:01:47 PM PST by SuziQ
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To: Sprite518

Anything that helps people improve themselves is great, and I am a big proponent of using the internet to both challenge oneself and the status quo, to make greater efficiency.

One thing I read recently sounded great, and would turn high school education on its head. Instead of kids being in school all day, they do their learning and coursework interactively online. Then go to school 1 or 2 days a week to meet with the teachers for 30 minutes to go over their coursework 1 on 1, to make sure they learned it and to ask questions and to even expand upon what they have learned.

THIS kind of thinking can revolutionize education and may one day become standard. Even if kids don’t have to stay at home to do this, they can meet in small clusters of computers, maybe with a facilitator to make sure they are doing the work etc... either way, this is MUCH MUCH better than the system we have now where you cram 30 kids in a room for 50 minutes and hope they learn something. 1 on 1 will always work better.


44 posted on 01/07/2012 5:04:33 PM PST by monkeyshine
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To: Sprite518

MIT has had free courses online for years.

Go look.

Some have lectures. Some have notes. None have textbooks. No tests. No credits.

It’s one of many ways to educate yourself independently.

This is not news.


45 posted on 01/07/2012 5:16:32 PM PST by MV=PY (The Magic Question: Who's paying for it?)
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To: SuziQ

Also, it will be the end results that matter not the process.


46 posted on 01/07/2012 5:34:08 PM PST by Jonty30 (What Islam and secularism have in common is that they are both death cults.)
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To: DoughtyOne

Lol, nice one.


47 posted on 01/07/2012 5:35:51 PM PST by thatjoeguy (MAYDAY! MAYDAY! We are so going in ! !)
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To: MV=PY

What MIT had was largely experimental, done on the fly.

Now the process is becoming formalized.


48 posted on 01/07/2012 5:36:29 PM PST by Jonty30 (What Islam and secularism have in common is that they are both death cults.)
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To: Sprite518

This is reaally big!


49 posted on 01/07/2012 5:44:38 PM PST by The_Media_never_lie
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To: the invisib1e hand

“They do not accrue towards an MIT degree (thus far), however, making them worth what you pay for them in the eyes of degree consumers.”

Sheepskins are highly over rated but knowledge is a tool of worth.


50 posted on 01/07/2012 5:53:40 PM PST by fella ("As it was before Noah, so shall it be again.")
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