posted on May, 2 2012 @ 09:21 PM
The MIT one is not new, I am not familiar with the Harvard one or the two seemingly teaming up though.
In 1999, MIT Faculty considered how to use the Internet in pursuit of MIT's mission—to advance knowledge and educate students—and in 2000 proposed
OCW. MIT published the first proof-of-concept site in 2002, containing 50 courses. By November 2007, MIT completed the initial publication of
virtually the entire curriculum, over 1,800 courses in 33 academic disciplines. Going forward, the OCW team is updating existing courses and adding
new content and services to the site.
There is no diploma/degree for completing any course(s), but you do get a certificate saying you completed the course(s). Therein, the benefit is one
is certainly provided the opportunity to obtain the knowledge within the course(s), the caveat however, is there is no legitimate diploma/degree
obtained so the ability to utilize the knowledge obtained will be very limited in most occupational circles.
One could just as easily obtain the same information online (this day and age) or at their local library, the difference/convenience, is that course
material has been laid out and included testing will determine if the course information was learned.
It's free knowledge, but imo, knowledge has always been free, the willingness one needs to go obtain said knowledge however, is what most in my
experience have an apparent difficulty (or simply wantonness) obtaining.
edit on 5/2/2012 by UberL33t because: (no reason given)