CONTENT: The Massachusetts Institute of Technology (M.I.T.) launched this pilot to its Open CourseWare project. It provides free, searchable access to course materials "for educators in the non-profit sector, students, and individual learners around the world."
AESTHETICS: The consistent layout and color scheme of all the pages make the site user friendly and attractive.
ORGANIZATION: A complete list of courses available on the site can be accessed from the top navigation bar or the left-side index. Courses are grouped alphabetically according to subject area. The left menu also includes links to the various academic units.
REVIEW: The Massachusetts Institute of Technology offers free Web access to the syllabus, lecture notes, exams and answers, and videotaped lectures to more than thirty-five courses.
Teachers can use the materials to enhance their own curricula and students can use them for self-study. No credit is offered for the courses, and the site is certainly no substitute for an M.I.T. education, but it does give visitors to the site the opportunity to increase their knowledge in everything from biology to economics to mathematics to ocean engineering and physics. Plans are underway to have all 2,000 M.I.T. courses online by 2007.