MIT Offers Free Courses Through OpenCourseWare

I love smart things, so it’s no wonder that I’m subscribed to MIT’s OpenCourseWare page on Facebook, to keep up-to-date with what’s happening at (IMO) the best school ever.  OCW is MIT’s repository of past courses offered for credit.  All of this is available for free online.  Sure, you cannot talk to the professor or turn in work, but you get all of the details of the course.  Recently, I volunteered and transcribed a space shuttle course for them, which was a nice feel-good kind of thing.  After years of checking out this site (I think I took a java class in 2004 from OCW), I finally decided to see if they have any classes geared towards instructional design.

THEY DO!!!!

http://ocw.mit.edu/courses/urban-studies-and-planning/11-127j-computer-games-and-simulations-for-investigation-and-education-spring-2009/

The most pertinent course I’ve found so far is the Computer Games and simulations, which is part of their Urban Studies course list (grad and undergrad courses).  This course investigates computer gaming and how we learn from interactive environments, and it’s now at the top of my list of courses to explore.  Awesome!

But that’s not all!  Educational Theory I – III is also available.  There’s also everything else, like finance courses, programming courses, and Spatial Database Management and Advanced Geographic Information Systems.  Nothing like a little geek session to start the day!

Do you have any free online courses that you would like to share?  Have you taken an MIT Instructional Design course (or any other)?  Leave a comment and share your experience!

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