Thanks to $11 million in grants from the Andrew Mellon Foundation and the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, we will soon be able to view course materials from all MIT undergraduate and graduate degree subjects on the Web free of charge.
The website for the so-called ‘MIT OpenCourseWare’ (OCW) will include material such as lecture notes, course outlines, reading lists and assignments across the Institute’s entire curriculum – in architecture and planning, engineering, humanities, arts, social sciences, management, and science.
MIT OpenCourseWare is expected to debut in the autumn of 2002 with an initial goal of making over 500 courses available on the World Wide Web over the next two years.
‘Our hope,’ said Paul Brest, president of the Hewlett Foundation, ‘is that this project will inspire similar efforts at other institutions and will reinforce the concept that ideas are best viewed as the common property of all of us, not as proprietary products intended to generate profits.’
Sadly, MIT OCW is an ‘information dissemination initiative’ so the university will not give either college credit or degrees through the programme.