By now, you’ve likely heard of the OpenCourseWare (OCW) phenomenon. But an OCW newsletter I received last week put it into perspective nicely. It reports that according to the OCW Consortium,
- In one year (2008-2009), 4,727 courses were made available online—an increase of 58%.
- More than 250 institutions have published some 13,000 free courses online.
- Courses are available in more than eight languages.
MIT’s OCW is always updating and adding courses. Among the new offerings:
- Economic History of Financial Crises
- Chinese Foreign Policy: International Relations and Strategy
And, OCW has improved the supplemental resources section, which includes online textbooks, multimedia content, image galleries, and exams and assignments (with and without solutions), among other things—all categorized by discipline. So if you’re looking for a textbook for calculus, fluid dynamics, or electromagnetic field theory; video demonstrations in lasers and fiber optics; or examples of student work from intro writing subjects, you’re in luck.
Be sure to check out student photos from the Documentary Photography and Photojournalism class. You’ll see a day in the life of a Boston Latin history teacher, how scuba divers celebrate Easter, and the real story and characters behind an antiques show and flea market.