Tuesday, May 5, 2009

Support MIT's OpenCourseWare

"Free lecture notes, exams, and videos from MIT. No registration required."

I hope you will enjoy exploring MIT's OpenCourseWare website, an on-line library of course materials and lectures for more than 1800 college courses -- provided free of charge to the public, thanks to MIT's commitment to support educational access. Open Courseware is an invaluable contribution which provides one of the best realizations of the promise of the internet. MIT's bold initiative has been followed by similar efforts at other institutions.

There is much to see and learn, on every subject. Here is one of my favorites, a lecture by the engaging Professor Walter Lewin: Newton's Laws. (You don't need a math or science background to enjoy and make use of this one.)

Please also consider supporting this project with a few of your dollars, so that MIT can continue to provide public access to this treasure of thorough, reliable information. Following is an excerpt from a letter by Cecilia d'Oliveira, Executive Director of OpenCourseWare.

We continue to keep OCW vibrant and relevant by constantly adding new MIT courses, updating older ones, creating topic-related views into OCW content (like our environment and energy), and taking an active role in global efforts to enhance curricula using OCW courses as building blocks.

But we face an immediate challenge to the future of OCW. The initial grant funding for OCW has ended. Although we continue to reduce our operating costs aggressively, without major support, we will not be able to achieve our goals to enrich OCW, serve the MIT community, and effect greater change in the world. . . .

MIT pays for roughly half the cost of OCW directly, but your donation is an important piece of our funding puzzle. Your support during our Spring fund raising drive allows us to continue adding and updating materials, making OCW richer and more useful.

Since OCW was established eight years ago, the project has touched the lives of millions around the world. Please help us continue our efforts by making a donation to OCW today. Your contribution of $50, $75, $100 -- or whatever amount is right for you -- directly supports OCWs sustainability and growth.

Please visit http://ocw.mit.edu/donate to make your donation now.

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