By Michael Geist. “In 1999, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) faculty gathered to consider how they could use the Internet to advance knowledge and educate students around the world in science and technology. The result was an ambitious plan – make the institutes course materials, including syllabi, lecture notes and exams, freely available online for a global audience. Two years later, a pilot project called the MIT Open Courseware debuted with 50 courses. A year later, the project formally launched with 500 courses. Today, MIT Open Courseware features nearly every course offered by the institute – about 1,800 in all. While students must still attend MIT to obtain a degree, accessing its courses requires little more than a computer with an Internet connection….
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