MIT Treasure TroveIn a commendable effort to share and spread knowledge, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology has been putting materials for hundreds of its courses online. This courseware is available free of charge to anyone anywhere.1
The stated goals of the MIT OpenCourseware initiative are to:
- Provide free, searchable access to MIT's course materials for educators, students, and self-learners around the world.
- Extend the reach and impact of MIT OCW and the "opencourseware" concept.
Aeronautics and Astronautics
Athletics, Physical Education and Recreation
Brain and Cognitive Sciences
Civil and Environmental Engineering
Comparative Media Studies
Earth, Atmospheric, and Planetary Sciences
Electrical Engineering and Computer Science
Engineering Systems Division
Experimental Study Group
Foreign Languages and Literatures
Health Sciences and Technology
Linguistics and Philosophy
Materials Science and Engineering
Media Arts and Sciences
Music and Theater Arts
Nuclear Science and Engineering
Science, Technology, and Society
Urban Studies and Planning
Writing and Humanistic Studies
I would call particular attention to the availability of courses given at the Sloan School of Management. One example particularly useful for people wanting to strengthen their grasp of the basics of economics is Applied Economics for Managers. You can access the course syllabus, the list of lecture topics and associated readings, lecture notes (pdf format), a pair of problem sets, and a practice final exam with solutions.
Though each faculty member is allowed to decide what and how much of his or her course materials to publish, each course is presented in the same user-friendly template, so you quickly get used to the general way the materials are organized. You can download individual items, or download the entire package(except for video files, which are accessed separately) as a zip file.
2 Note that "MIT OCW is not a distance-education or degree-granting initiative. Distance education involves the active exchange of information between faculty and students, with the goal of obtaining some form of a credential. MIT OCW is not meant to replace degree-granting higher education or for-credit courses. Rather, the goal is to provide the content that supports an education."