Monday, May 2, 2011


OK, so MIT (among other schools) has moved to make its academic courses available on-line for those who wish to access the materials. For this they have received much praise

An example: "... Such was the birth of MIT OpenCourseWare, the Web-based publication of virtually all course content from the graduate and undergraduate subjects taught at MIT. The site now welcomes an average one million visitors per month with the tagline: "Unlocking knowledge, empowering minds. Free lecture notes, exams, and videos from MIT. No registration required." It's a system that means Kunle Adejumo, an engineering student at Ahmadu Bello University in Zaria, Nigeria, can supplement and complement the materials and experience he's getting at his own school, which has limited resources and computer access..."

OK, so visit the Sloan School of Management section of the web site and what do you get? A total of 23 undergraduate and 150 graduate courses. Pretty cool, but only one of the undergraduate courses is from 2010, and the remainder are older (even going back as far as 1998!). Of the graduate courses only 12 are more recent, if you define that as from 2009/2010... the rest are older...

Admirable in theory, somewhat less so in practice!

Online Course Materials MIT
MIT Sloan School of Management
Unlocking Knowledge
Dear Joint Commission: Give Everything Away For Free

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