babalu1997, on 2011-December-25, 10:44, said:
they started that a few years ago, some interesting calculus and linear algebra classes by noted professors
people should be able to earn credits by taking exams
i think some of the for-profit schools are ripoffs tho, very few graduate but drop thousands of dollars there with uncertain results
It might be useful to clarify what the MIT Online courses are / are not
(Short form, this is completely different than online universities like University of Phoenix)
Many professors at MIT are posting a combination of
2. Videos of their lectures
3. Copies of their lecture notes and homework assignments
All of this is available for free download...
The purpose is to allow anyone, anywhere in the world, to benefit from this set of information. These offerings are, by no means a perfect substitute for the MIT experience.
- I don't think videos can ever replace questions and answers with a real professor.
- I think it requires enormously more motivation to plow through an entire semester of linear algebra without fear of failing out
With this said and done, if your primary goal is knowledge for its own sake, this is a wonderful, wonderful resource.
Here's what the program is not:
This is not a degree granting program
You don't get any kind of degree that claims that you have completed / achieved anything
FWIW, trying to evaluate this program based on a metric like "graduation rate" is nonsensical...