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Thursday, March 29, 2007

More schools are posting course materials online, free of charge

Getting into college might be tougher today than it used to be--but an increasing number of top schools are now offering courses free of charge online. What's more, some program administrators report giving away course content actually is having a positive impact on student recruitment.
Following the lead of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and other highly competitive schools, more institutions are posting online everything from lecture notes to sample tests, and even making audio and video files of actual lectures publicly available. The sites attract anywhere from thousands to more than one million unique visitors each month.
MIT now posts all class lectures given by legendary physics professor Walter Lewin online.