MIT OpenCourseWare (OCW)

19 Sep 2004 - 7:17am
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I just discovered a wonderful resource on the Web: MIT OpenCourseWare. In
their own words:

"MIT OpenCourseWare (MIT OCW) makes the course materials that are used in
the teaching of almost all MIT's undergraduate and graduate subjects
available on the Web, free of charge, to any user anywhere in the world.
This initiative continues the tradition at MIT, and in American higher
education, of open dissemination of educational materials, philosophy, and
modes of thought. Through May 2004, MIT OCW has published 900 courses."

So far, they've published the course materials for about half their courses.
They'll be adding the materials for virtually all of their other courses by

Course materials are already available for courses in the following
departments that might be of interest to IxD professionals:

Brain and Cognitive Sciences
Comparative Media Studies
EE and Computer Science
Mathematics (They offer the materials for several statistics courses.)
Media Arts and Sciences
Science, Technology, and Society
Sloan School of Management
Writing and Humanistic Studies

A few sets of course materials that interaction designers might find
interesting include the following:

Common Sense Reasoning for Interactive Applications

Interactive and Non-Linear Narrative: Theory and Practice

Designing Sociable Media

Technologies of Word 1450-2000

Out of Context: A Course on Computer Systems That Adapt To, and Learn From,

Affective Computing

Digital Typography

Listening to the Customer

Digital Anthropology


Seminar in Ethnography and Fieldwork

Software Engineering for Web Applications

To check out the complete list of course materials, go to:


Pabini Gabriel-Petit
Principal & User Experience Architect
Spirit Softworks

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