MIT free on Web – 10-year effort

The Massachusetts Institute of Technology plans to offer nearly its entire curriculum for free on the Web within 10 years, the Associated Press reported April 4.

The project, known as OpenCourseWare, will cost $100 million to be raised from private philanthropic sources.

It will include lecture notes, course outlines, reading lists and assignments from MIT’s nearly 2000 courses, AP said, although visitors to the site will not earn college credits.

MIT’s initiative counters a trend toward the “privatization of knowledge,” where ideas are owned by companies or institutions, Steven Lerman, chairman of MIT’s faculty, told AP.

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