MIT OpenCourseWare: Will it work for you?
Since the establishment of the first university in 1148, these institutions have primarily been reserved for those who could afford a higher education. This was a clear denial of the four human rights in education :
✔ The right to availability of schools and teachers.
✔ The right to accessibility that if free of obstacles such as legal, financial, and distance.
✔ The right to acceptability (quality, language of instruction, and freedom of censorship).
✔ The right to adaptability of education to all constituencies, including people with disabilities.
But now, long gone are the days of higher education being the rich man’s world. We are living in an age where OPEN EDUCATION is the new in. 21st century has ushered in a new dynamic. A paradigm shift!
The Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), one of the most prestigious universities in the world, opened its doors to the world by launching their MIT OpenCourseWare initiative, which aims to offer free educational resources for anyone, anywhere.
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.
With MIT OpenCourseWare, education went officially openly online. Today the OCW Consortium is not the only global provider of free educational resources. Similar movements have started in other parts of the world, by other universities and institutions.
With this paper, you will:
1. learn the experiences of educators, self-paced learners, and students who have been using MIT OpenCourseWare to supplement their learning and teaching efforts.
2. explore the possibilities of learning via open educational resources and limitations posed when learning is not facilitated by a teacher.
3. help teachers and learners understand how they can use MIT OpenCourseWare (presentations and video lectures) to supplement courses.
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