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MIT opens its academic doors to all online Answered

An MIT education is now just a click away

http://www.boston.com/news/local/articles/2007/12/01/an_mit_education_is_now_just_a_click_away/

Ever wanted to delve a bit deeper into matrix theory, especially vector spaces and the misunderstood twin enigmas of linear algebra known as eigenvalues and eigenvectors?

As sure as every square matrix has a determinant, you are not alone. Now there is a kind of cerebral clearinghouse, accessible without ever setting foot inside MIT's hallowed halls, for those so inclined.

On Wednesday, the school celebrated the completion of a six-year initiative to put its entire curriculum online, with all 1,800 undergraduate and graduate courses - lectures, readings, labs, even problem sets and exams - available with just a few clicks and a spirit of scientific curiosity.

The initiative, the first of its kind, has been enormously successful, so far attracting some 31 million visitors from nearly every country who are drawn to such classes as Electricity and Magnetism, Classical Mechanics, and Introduction to Algorithms.

Lectures and readings from MIT's literature and history courses are also online, but the 20 most popular courses all involve science, economics, or math.

High school students and teachers are among the most avid participants, with 15,000 accessing the site each month. The Massachusetts Institute of Technology has launched a website, called Highlights for High School, that is tailored to their interests.

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royalestel
royalestel

13 years ago

But I'm wondering how they can offer nuclear physics and engineering courses to the world. Must stop at a certain level of detail?

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royalestel
royalestel

13 years ago

Spiffy. Spiffy. Spiffy. Spiffy. Spiffy. Now I just need free professors I can ask questions of.

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Goodhart
Goodhart

13 years ago

Cool. I have it in my favorites now, thanks !

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Goodhart
Goodhart

Reply 13 years ago

I just have to make more time for myself......

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trebuchet03
trebuchet03

13 years ago

I thought I had heard about this on NPR months ago... Or maybe I'm developing ESP.... ESP would be awesome, but something tells me that's not the case :p

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ewilhelm
ewilhelm

Reply 13 years ago

This effort has been in the works for a while. This is just a milestone in getting it out. Maybe the next milestone will be the first "graduate"?

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Goodhart
Goodhart

Reply 13 years ago

I assume you are referring to precognition ? :-)

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westfw
westfw

Reply 13 years ago

EW's post says they just completed the 6-year effort. I also remember initial announcements that some of the materials were available months (years?) ago... As the press release says, they've already attracted 31 million visitors...

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NachoMahma
NachoMahma

13 years ago

. Looks like a lot of great stuff. . Now I can tell everyone that I'm studying at MIT. LOL

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Brennn10
Brennn10

13 years ago

This is absolutely awesome!!! Thanks Eric!!