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MIT Free online courses as promised by the university
« on: June 22, 2012, 05:26:44 PM »
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MIT OpenCourseWare (OCW) is a web-based publication of virtually all MIT course content. OCW is open and available to the world and is a permanent MIT activity.

What is MIT OpenCourseWare?
MIT OpenCourseWare is a free publication of MIT course materials that reflects almost all the undergraduate and graduate subjects taught at MIT.
http://ocw.mit.edu/courses/
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Re: MIT Free online courses as promised by the university
« Reply #1 on: June 22, 2012, 05:33:50 PM »
Excuse me guys, I've got to learn how to stage a revolution.
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Re: MIT Free online courses as promised by the university
« Reply #2 on: June 22, 2012, 05:38:50 PM »
Yeah - check it out, from the link.  :)
                 
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Re: MIT Free online courses as promised by the university
« Reply #3 on: June 22, 2012, 06:03:34 PM »
great link, I was talking about this with some others a few weeks back I will check for some more links to I think ?stanford? and a couple other higher education institutions and what not....

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Re: MIT Free online courses as promised by the university
« Reply #4 on: June 22, 2012, 06:20:22 PM »
Oh there we go!   Problems in philosophy.     :laugh:
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Re: MIT Free online courses as promised by the university
« Reply #5 on: June 23, 2012, 07:47:39 AM »
Some men just want to watch the world learn...


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Re: MIT Free online courses as promised by the university
« Reply #7 on: June 23, 2012, 10:15:36 AM »
This is AWESOME!!! I had no idea this was going on. Yay MIT!!! This is a welcome ray of hope in a time when I feel weighed down by the idiot nutjobs who think we should be less educated because it'll take us away from god.
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Re: MIT Free online courses as promised by the university
« Reply #8 on: June 24, 2012, 08:28:00 AM »
Free education! It's socialist I tells ya!! Satan knows his time is short yada yada yada homosexual agenda, blah blah blah, baby killing feminists!! and so on.
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Re: MIT Free online courses as promised by the university
« Reply #9 on: June 24, 2012, 10:18:44 AM »
Thanks for sharing.
Thank you for considering my point of view; however wrong it may be to you.

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Re: MIT Free online courses as promised by the university
« Reply #10 on: June 24, 2012, 10:36:18 AM »
Some men just want to watch the world learn...
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Re: MIT Free online courses as promised by the university
« Reply #11 on: June 24, 2012, 10:47:57 AM »
Here are some articles with links on this subject that I've collected in recent months:

A Harvard/MIT mashup:
http://www.openculture.com/2012/05/harvard_and_mit_create_edx_to_offer_free_online_courses_worldwide.html


An interesting try at a free online university by a former Google employee:
http://www.openculture.com/2012/06/udacity_to_launch_5_new_classes.html

Yale is doing something too:
http://www.openculture.com/2012/04/yale_introduces_six_new_free_online_courses.html

Just a long list of online education opportunities, many via universities:
http://www.marcandangel.com/2010/11/15/12-dozen-places-to-self-educate-yourself-online/?t=1320419051

Stanford is running actual classes, with professors and assignments, etc. even though there is no credit (I don't think). They had over 350,000 enrolled in five classes this spring. This is a news article from their web site:
http://news.stanford.edu/news/2012/march/online-courses-mitchell-030612.html

And of course, just in case someone hasn't heard about it, I have to toss in the Kahn Academy, an incredible effort:
http://www.khanacademy.org/

Here is a TED talk by Salman Kahn, founder of the Kahn Academy, talking about online education:
http://www.ted.com/talks/salman_khan_let_s_use_video_to_reinvent_education.html

Online learning, available to all, is in its infancy. Many smart people are  trying to figure out ways to share high quality academic opportunities with the world. My last link is an excellent video with the president of Stanford University and the above mentioned Salman Kahn discussing online education, as it currently exists and as they envision it in the future. Very good if you are interested in such things. They discuss the difficulties of granting degrees, etc. to participants in free online education projects:
http://www.ustream.tv/recorded/22984723

Making university level courses available to anyone in the world is an incredible change in the dynamics of education. While actual degrees might still be limited to structured brick and mortar campuses and/or a few online offerings, the actual information taught in conventional universities is now available in third world countries and slums and remote locations everywhere. This should change things. Hopefully for the better.

I'm gone again for a couple of weeks so I probably won't be able to respond to any comments or questions about this post. But hopefully some of you will find it useful.

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Re: MIT Free online courses as promised by the university
« Reply #12 on: June 26, 2012, 09:50:15 PM »
PP said: "this should change things, hopefully for the better".  I too would hope that to be the case but I have almost no confidence that it will change the educational status of the general public.

These resources are spectacular. I use the Kahnacademy site often but I cannot seem to persuade any one else to use it. Most of the people that I have urged to take advantage of one of these sites would rather watch sit coms on the tube. What a shameful waste of brain power.

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Re: MIT Free online courses as promised by the university
« Reply #13 on: June 26, 2012, 09:55:23 PM »
^I've been using Kahnacademy a lot recently, specifically the chemistry section, as I find the information easy to follow and it's not a chore to sit through.  The longest video I think I've seen there yet is around 13 minutes.
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Re: MIT Free online courses as promised by the university
« Reply #14 on: June 26, 2012, 11:14:00 PM »
Thanks for posting those, and reminding me.

The online courses vary in terms of content, and obviously you'll need to get the class material and study on your own if you do decide to follow one.

I did the games and theory class for a while.  I can't remember the exact title, it was about game theory and applications of such to design elements.  I never finished it up but the parts I watched and studied were pretty fascinating.

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Re: MIT Free online courses as promised by the university
« Reply #15 on: June 27, 2012, 07:22:01 PM »
Does anyone know of a AutoCAD or SurvCAD beginner's free online college course?  I couldn't find anything at MIT's site that quite fit what I was looking for.
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Re: MIT Free online courses as promised by the university
« Reply #16 on: June 27, 2012, 08:33:06 PM »
Are you looking or something like architecture, engineering or design?
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Re: MIT Free online courses as promised by the university
« Reply #17 on: June 29, 2012, 06:15:08 PM »
looking for agricultural designing involving piping, waterways, concrete tanks and structures from elevation surveys   - but for myself I need basic CADD instruction  - for example - once the survey points are loaded into autocad, learning to manipulate the boundaries to add the contour elevations to the design - I would think there would be a college course for these basics.
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Re: MIT Free online courses as promised by the university
« Reply #18 on: June 30, 2012, 12:06:16 AM »
Well autocad is just a program... there are a bazillion tutorials you can take.[1]

Here's a pretty reasonable site, it also includes exercise files where appropriate.  It isn't free, but it isn't expensive either
Particularly not compared to the price of Autocad!
I've known a few people who have used it and found it pretty straightforward.  I was going to sign up and refresh my brain on C++ at some point as well.

http://www.lynda.com/AutoCAD-2009-tutorials/essential-training/657-2.html


 1. . .wait, autocorrect changed 'bajillion' to bazillion.  seriously?
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Re: MIT Free online courses as promised by the university
« Reply #19 on: July 01, 2012, 10:39:00 PM »
lynda is good.
autoCAD uses autoLISP I guess a derivative of LISP... I don't know for sure.
basically autoCAD is c for circle l for line and so forth lynda will teach that.
the must do is a basic understanding of mechanical engineering and civil engineering drawings.... not necessarily the principles of civil engineering and mechanical engineering but that wouldn't hurt and it would make any drawing better than the next guys.