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OCW Posts 500th Class

By Beckett W. Sterner

NEWS EDITOR

Yesterday, the OpenCourseWare project published course materials in its 500th MIT class, at http://ocw.mit.edu.

The project offers syllabi, lecture notes, homework assignments, and exams in MIT classes for free on the Web, and has received 115 million hits from across the nation and other countries since it first opened in spring 2001, said Jon P. Potts, the OCW communications manager.

Potts said that the goal is to have 1,800 courses available by 2007. He said that MIT has approximately 2,000 total courses right now, but that approximately 200 of them are not easily transferred online because they are held in the form of discussion sections.

OCW has so far been funded by two $5.5-million grants from the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation and the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, and $2 million from MIT, Potts said.

“That will carry us until the end of this calender year,” he said. OCW is currently applying for a second round of funding, he said.