Free Thing of the Week: MIT OpenCourseWare

MIT’s Kresge Auditorium. Photo credit: Madcoverboy. CC-BY-SA

We’ve been straight schluffin’ on our Free Things, so consider this a minor reboot as we hit you with a Free Thing every day this coming week.

Anyone who’s followed The Star long enough knows how highly we value open education. One of the difficulties teachers often have in opening up their curriculum is a lack of models. For you teachers out there, then, we bring you MIT’s OpenCourseWare.

OpenCourseWare is more than a repository of materials. It’s a complete initiative to put all of the educational materials from its undergraduate and graduate-level courses online, freely and openly available to anyone, anywhere, anytime. After debuting their proof-of-concept in September of 2002 with thirty-two courses, OpenCourseWare has grown to hold almost 2,500 courses online, covering a broad swath of subjects. Our publisher’s personal favorite is, of course, related to scicomm: Science Writing and New Media: Communicating Science to the Public, but there are thousands of others.

And it’s not just for college level education. There are independent study courses, as well as the excellent Highlights for High School list for high school educators, students and parents.

There is much to explore here. Have at it!

Check out MIT OpenCourseWare home here
Check out Highlights for High School here