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November 2007 Newsletter

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MIT Marks OpenCourseWare Milestone

At an event hosted by President Hockfield on November 28th, the MIT community will celebrate a major milestone for OpenCourseWare (OCW). The event marks the publication of core teaching materialsincluding syllabi, lecture notes, assignments and examsfrom virtually all MIT courses, 1,800 in total. The site includes voluntary contributions from 90% of faculty and more than 2,600 members of the MIT community.

"New York Times" columnist Thomas Friedman will give the keynote address at the event, which will include a panel on the future of OCW and education with MIT president emeritus Charles Vest, former Xerox chief scientist John Seely Brown, and the chair of Indias National Knowledge Commission, Dr. Sam Pitroda. Susan Hockfield will also announce a new OpenCourseWare initiative at the event. The celebration will be recorded and available as streaming files approximately a week after the event.

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MIT OpenCourseWare user."The free access platform of OCW is fostering a measure of parity in higher education by offering open access to premium content and course materials otherwise reserved for MIT's full-time student population." - Coretta, United States

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