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MIT to offer free online access to all its courses March 12, 2007

Posted by Johan in Off Topic, Raves.

MIT is already offering a selection of courses online, but according to this story, the rest of the course catalogue is to appear at the end of the year on their OpenCourseWare site. Already, a fair number of modules are available from the Brain and Cognitive Sciences department. Look out for the dates though, as some of the materials are a few years old now.

I think this is quite brilliant, personally. Sure, MIT will incur some extra costs in bandwidth, but in exchange, they get plenty of positive publicity. Another advantage is that prospective applicants get a chance to see for themselves exactly what the courses are like at the Institute. This is going to get them (even more) applicants.

When revising for a perception module last term, I was helped quite a bit by some Sensation and Perception materials available at Stanford. Getting another lecturer’s take on a topic can help clear up confusing issues, and may also point you towards the truly crucial bits (i.e., what both the MIT guy and the guy in your department went over in detail is likely important).


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