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    Cyburbian jread's avatar
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    Am I the only super dork addicted to MIT's OpenCourseWare?

    Free coursework and lecture notes from various classes at M.I.T. http://ocw.mit.edu/index.html

    I don't know why, but I'm addicted to this site and I think it's freaking awesome.
    "I don't suffer from insanity... I enjoy every single minute of it!"

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    Good find.
    Wonder if there are other university websites like it ?
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    no, you're not. the real estate development courses are an excellent resource.

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    It gets recommended regularly on a homeschooling list I am on. It is also listed on my homeschooling website, just below a link that has the name "Cornell" in the title: http://xxx.lanl.gov/

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    I've been looking through the planning courses today: http://ocw.mit.edu/OcwWeb/Urban-Stud...ning/index.htm
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    Looking through the site other than the Urban Studies and Planning I found -

    Industrial Landscapes:
    http://ocw.mit.edu/OcwWeb/Science--T...Home/index.htm

    Real Estate Economics:
    http://ocw.mit.edu/OcwWeb/Sloan-Scho...Home/index.htm

    Here is a course just for RJ - Airline Schedule Planning:
    http://ocw.mit.edu/OcwWeb/Civil-and-...Home/index.htm
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    yes...yes you are...a dork, that is.
    I'm sorry. Is my bias showing?

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    Can you give us a sketch of how it works?
    Are the associated readings from the syllabus available somewhere?
    What's in the downloads?

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    Yup....

    1. You are a Super Dork, but that's ok.....you are in some decent company here at Cyburbia
    2. GREAT FIND and thanks for sharing it.....
    3. About 2/3 of those classes are what I would expect to see at an Ivy League School.....
    4. The other 1/3 look like great topics that could help us out a lot here in the "real" world

    I think all public Universities should be doing this as a free service. Impressive that such an upper crust private school is doing this for FREE
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    Quote Originally posted by The One View post
    Impressive that such an upper crust private school is doing this for FREE

    Wait for it: once traffic hits a certain volume, I'm betting they slam the doors shut and start charging a fee.

    Go ahead, color me skeptical......
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    Quote Originally posted by SGB View post
    Wait for it: once traffic hits a certain volume, I'm betting they slam the doors shut and start charging a fee.

    Go ahead, color me skeptical......
    I don't think they will reneg on their committment. MIT was the first school to promise to make all of their couse materials available to the public. I think they are still rolling it out online.

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    Thanks for sharing, I needed extra help in a class and this site appears to have what I need
    Too lazy to beat myself up for being to lazy to beat myself up for being too lazy to... well you get the point....

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    No, you're not. I've been scanning it for quite a while, now.
    "If you love something, let it go."
    What kind of crap is that?

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    Dang.... Ah, yea you’re a super dork... only because you found it before me!
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    Thats nice....I needed notes for my statics class.

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    MIT Online Urban Studies and Planning Courses - Free

    MIT offers online classes for free. You don't get course credit or earn a degree, but you can browse the assignments, lectures, quizes, exams, and other materials. There are tons of undergraduate and graduate planning courses.

    I browesed one course and looked at an excellent power point presentation on urbanization. MIT has one of the oldest and largest urban studies and planning departments in the US. Instead of your employer paying for a few days at a conference and hours even days of missed work, the MIT classes could be more comprehensive and inexspensive avenue for further education.

    Have a Great Day!

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    Quote Originally posted by Crabkey View post
    MIT offers online classes for free. You don't get course credit or earn a degree, but you can browse the assignments, lectures, quizes, exams, and other materials. There are tons of undergraduate and graduate planning courses.

    I browesed one course and looked at an excellent power point presentation on urbanization. MIT has one of the oldest and largest urban studies and planning departments in the US. Instead of your employer paying for a few days at a conference and hours even days of missed work, the MIT classes could be more comprehensive and inexspensive avenue for further education.

    Have a Great Day!
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    I was a little late

    I must be the biggest dork with that earlier post. But now I can take MIT classes.

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    Oooo this does look interesting. I'm a UK student so not all of it will be relevant but I'm sure a lot of it will still be applicable!

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    I turned two of these courses into directed readings when I couldn't get the class I wanted here. MIT-quality education, Midwestern prices. ;D

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    i LOVE opencourseware

    i discovered it like 4 months ago and whenever i'm bored or whatnot i look up some of the books and projects students have done....i love the fact its free. really breaking down some education barriers...

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    That's an awesome resource!

    To pebkac: so you mean you earned credit from your school for doing an independent study on some of these courses?

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    Me too

    No, you're not alone. I've been browsing OpenCourseWare periodically for the past academic year. It really is a great resource, especially for the price (free). All my friends already think I'm a super dork but that's probably because I send them links to academic journals and talk about planning all the time when they could care less. Whatever, it makes me happy.

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