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Open Courseware

The Open Courseware project is an initiative of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology to put all of the academic courseware of the institute online by the year 2007. The project was announced in 2001.

The motivation behind the project was the product of a debate over how to make an MIT education relevant in the world of the internet. The administration decided that rather than make a massive investment in a traditional distance learning[?] program to take the approach of providing courseware on the internet.

The response from faculty and students at MIT has generally been positive and the Open Courseware Initiative is seen as being consistent with the institutional culture of MIT. The main challenge in implementing this initiative has not been faculty resistance but rather the logistic problems and massive effort associated with converting courseware into an online format.

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