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ERIC Number: EJ850705
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008
Pages: 3
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-1938-5978
The OpenCourseWare Story: New England Roots, Global Reach
Carson, Stephen
New England Journal of Higher Education, v23 n1 p30-32 Sum 2008
The OpenCourseWare movement has its roots in New England. The concept emerged in 2000 at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) where then-President Charles Vest charged a faculty committee with answering two questions: "How is the Internet going to change education?" and "What should MIT do about it?" MIT moved quickly to build a team to execute the project, and launched a proof-of-concept site with materials from 50 courses in September 2002, which generated an overwhelmingly positive response. Since then, MIT has published materials from approximately 400-500 courses annually. Response has far exceeded expectations. As of April 2008, more than 22 million individuals from around the world have come to the OCW site. Shortly after the site was launched with 500 courses in September 2003, MIT was contacted by numerous institutions in the US and abroad who were inspired by the MIT example.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education; Two Year Colleges
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Massachusetts