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George Jung
12-03-2011, 08:50 PM
I see these 'freebies' once in awhile - no charge, no college credit - 'the learning is reward enough'.

I've never signed up, but wonder if this community, by all appearances with at least some free time on our hands, ever has?

http://ocw.mit.edu/index.htm

http://www.spoofee.com/deals-Free_Stanford_University_Online_Courses-748031.htm

Bob (oh, THAT Bob)
12-03-2011, 11:55 PM
Wow, thanks! I've fantasized about this being available (actually, I've fantasized about being president and making it available). I may take advantage of this. I also feel this should be done at the primary school level, find the very best instructors in the country or world to do lectures on video and make them available, so that even kids in poor schools could be exposed to great teachers. It would not replace having great teachers in the classroom, but it would be an improvement, and also perhaps instruct sub-par teachers on how to be better.

Edit: OK I'm a little disappointed that there is no video for the MIT lectures, just the lecture notes. In other words, you are learning from a book. Not so revolutionary, and not very instructional for teachers wanting to learn how to lecture better.

rbgarr
12-04-2011, 07:24 AM
Videos for MIT lectures here: http://ocw.mit.edu/courses/audio-video-courses/


including The Art and Science of Boat Design with Kurt Hasselbalch and Tony Dias
http://ocw.mit.edu/courses/mechanical-engineering/2-993-special-topics-in-mechanical-engineering-the-art-and-science-of-boat-design-january-iap-2007/