MIT to Provide Free Access to Course Materials Via the Internet
The Massachusetts Institute of Technology will spend up to $100 million over 10 years to make course materials from all of its classes freely available on the Internet, the university recently announced. At a time when many universities have begun offering online classes for a fee, MIT officials say they hope the effort will encourage other institutions to offer online educational resources free of charge. University officials say they expect other institutions, particularly in developing countries, will use the material to develop their own curriculums.
The initiative — entitled MIT OpenCourseWare — will include lecture notes, course outlines and reading lists for more than 2,000 courses.
“We see it as source material that will support education worldwide, including innovations in the process of teaching and learning itself,” says MIT President Charles M. Vest.
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