A breakthrough in the concept of open sourcing has been brought to my attention recently.
MIT, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, now features on its websites a section called Open Course Ware (or is it OpenCourseWare?). The idea is that MIT provides all the course material it has on its hands for anyone to access, including videos, audio recordings, and papers. Isn’t that fascinating? One of the world’s topmost universities sharing its knowledge with anyone willing?
According to MIT, they’re doing this because their services are going to be sought after to capacity whatever they do, so they might as well help anyone out there who can’t acquire their services directly. In particular, they are aiming at institutions in poorer countries where materials are not easily available.
I don’t have much to say other than praise MIT for its actions. And praise as in big time praising, hats off and everything.
On a personal basis, this news reminds me that a couple of years ago, during a midlife crisis type moment, I was entertaining the thought of doing an Open University course. MIT’s move makes these thoughts look particularly silly: I was never into it for the degree but rather for the experience. Given that MIT is offering several courses of personal interest to me in its Open Course Ware program, my Open University days seem to be officially over before they begun.
Open Course Ware is the way instead. I started things off with an introduction to psychology. The future includes an introduction to biology and some literature courses, including film appreciation stuff.