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    Openware at MIT

    MIT is implementing a really unique approach to education. Within the next 5 years, they will be putting ALL COURSE MATERIALS online available to everyone who can connect to the internet.

    I think this is probably one of the greatest things in promoting course imporvements where everyone on the web can see what a lecturer is teaching and give them thier comments. Also it should go a long way in helping people who are not able to get an education or upto date books (especially in Africa) in getting the lastest and greatest information online. Can you imagine how much of your work might be changed if you knew everything you did was available for anyone and everyone to see. I see great potential here

    I wonder if any of the other universities would follow suit.

    What do the rest of you think?

    #2
    Our manager decided to put our Status reports for the week on the Intranet, so everyone in the company can have access to them!

    If nothing else, the quality of the status reports improved 10 folds!

    So I think its a great idea for the outsiders to see what's going on but also for the teachers to improve their teaching material.
    I know that you believe that you understood what you think I said, but I am not sure you realize that what you heard is not what I meant.
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      #3
      i wanna get into MIT http://www3.pak.org/gupshup/smilies/frown.gif .... i cant ...too thick http://www3.pak.org/gupshup/smilies/frown.gif

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        #4
        Originally posted by GammaDilation:
        ...too thick http://www3.pak.org/gupshup/smilies/frown.gif
        MIT or You http://www3.pak.org/gupshup/smilies/smile.gif

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          #5
          hmcq what does that do to the mindset of some people saying that they struggled and strived to be the best to be at the top schools to get the best education, but someone else can have access to the exact same material just by logging on the web.

          Would this force the universities to "sell" the value of the degree and the network more now?
          The greatest trick the devil ever pulled was convincing the world he did not exist. And like that... he is gone.

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            #6
            I think many universities that offer distant learning programs have such means available where you can log on to their website and look at the lectures...examples like Stanford or UIUC. How come the idea launched by MIT different from one already adapted by these universities? am I missing something here???


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              #7
              Well I think it only improves the image of the school as they are willing to be open with the knowledge they do have but still make thier actual class an improvement over that.

              Although the coursework is available online, the teaching is not...

              I only see good things coming out of this... paraphrasing a saying.. Knowledge is like manure, keep it in one place and all it does is stink, spread it around and it will do some good http://www3.pak.org/gupshup/smilies/smile.gif

              As far as the struggle goes, the school will not be giving out degrees to the people who read the stuff online http://www3.pak.org/gupshup/smilies/smile.gif and plus there are plenty of people at MITs and Harvards who know a lot less then other people and less prestegious school.

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                #8
                Originally posted by pumpkin:
                I think many universities that offer distant learning programs have such means available where you can log on to their website and look at the lectures...examples like Stanford or UIUC. How come the idea launched by MIT different from one already adapted by these universities? am I missing something here???


                they are not offering a degree or charging people. This is just free for everyone to see and read.

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                  #9
                  I think its a good idea.


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                    #10
                    I was talking to one of the profs about openware today. It'll be launched in a few months.

                    Get ready ppl:
                    http://web.mit.edu/ocw/

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                      #11
                      It has been launched for some of the courses, but the complete implementation will take a couple of years.. great to see such a big and reputable school been so open about its copyrighted courses! Very different from what you generelly hear from other big name schools and ivyies!

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