MIT’s gift to the world

MIT’s Open Courseware initiative (a good overview from the BBC) is the kind of thing that more universities ought to be doing. As other college, universities, and online schools charge hundreds or even thousands of dollars per credit, MIT will be giving away all of their course materials, including lecture notes and videos, for free:

“I genuinely think there was an ‘a-ha’ moment when they said our mission was actually to enhance education,” said Anne Margulies, Executive Director of OCW.

“Why don’t we, instead of trying to sell our knowledge over the internet, just give it away.”

Dartmouth should take this seriously (regardless of its “mission“), as the college and its faculty have a lot to offer less-privileged students. Vox clamantis in deserto, right?