MIT OpenCourseWare Pilot

Various authors, Mit, Oct 01, 2002
Commentary by Stephen Downes

MIT's much talked about open courseware project launched in pilot form yesterday and became the lead in just about every elearning newsletter today. I spent several hours yesterday browsing through the site and learned - among other things - that MIT's Introduction to Philosophy course as taught in 2002 is exactly the same as the one I took at the University of Calgary in 1981 (same textbook, even - except that it's now in the eleventh edition (why a collection of historical articles needs eleven editions is beyond me)). My overall impression of the site is that, first of all, it is exactly what was promised, but that secondly, from MIT I somehow expected... more.
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