I am so glad to have a positive "Truth & Beauty" report on the first day of the new year!!!
Through the magic of OpenCourseWare, you can now take classes from schools like Harvard, Yale, Johns Hopkins, MIT, Tufts, Columbia University, University of Massachusetts Boston, Michigan State, University of California Irvine, University of Notre Dame, Duke Law, Utah State University, Utah Valley State, and Wheelock College. All of these colleges are listed on the OpenSourceware Consortium site.
"The OpenCourseWare Consortium is a collaboration of more than 100 higher education institutions and associated organizations from around the world creating a broad and deep body of open educational content using a shared model. "
OpenCourseWare was initially an MIT project to put it's undergraduate and graduate-level courses on line for free. It is available to anyone around the world. You do not have to register, attend classes, or be graded. It's all there for free!!!
Of course, you won't get a grade or a degree this way. You do, however, have the ability to attend , Harvard Law, Harvard Medical, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, as well as universities around the world. This opens the door to many who would never have had access to this type of information and will allow for insights that were, previously, only afforded to those able attend classes and afford tuition.
As of November, 2007, there were over 1800 courses available as OpenCourseWare.
If there were just too many links to figure out where the primary OpenCourseWare site is, you can find it here.