RE: MIT Free

From: Jim Whitehead (
Date: Sat Apr 07 2001 - 11:14:07 PDT

It'll be interesting to see how this turns out. Putting course materials on
the Web often involves more work for the Professor (an unpopular move).
Then there are copyright issues surrounding things like course readers
(collections of copyrighted papers put together for the course). As well,
putting video online will be *very* expensive, requiring a very buff server
farm and a big honkin pipe, to be paid for out of overhead (another
unpopular activity), with no revenues offsetting the costs. Additionally,
will Professors be required to answer emails from random people on the net
concerning their course materials?

Sure, it's a good marketing move, but execution is going to be time
consuming and costly. It'll require significant dedication to do this well.

- Jim

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