This September, MIT will officially launch its OpenCourseWare project, after a year’s pilot period.

This September, MIT will officially launch its OpenCourseWare project, after a year’s pilot period.

From aeronautics to urban studies and planning, the Institute will offer course material for hundreds of classes free to anyone worldwide with Web access. See: ocw.mit.edu

The Institute stresses the free Web access constitutes neither a degree-granting program nor “an MIT education.”

Courses with A/E/C application: Civil and Environmental Engineering; Earth, Atmospheric and Planetary sciences; Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences; Engineering Systems Division; Materials Science and Engineering; Mechanical Engineering; Nuclear Engineering; Ocean Engineering; Physics; and Urban Studies.

At this point, the courses will be presented in English only. The site, funded by the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, and MIT aims to provide searchable content for “educators in the non-profit sector, students, and individual learners around the world.” It also hopes to serve as a paradigm for other universities to follow. The timeline at this point hopes for nearly all curriculum (nearly 2,000 courses) to be up by 2007.