Note #1: Because Blogs are about the NOW – Part 1 of this Series is linked to at the end of this post.

Note:#2 This post contains screen-shots of pages in MITOCW – here is their license agreement.  Included as an example of how Open Course is protected from mis-use:

MIT terms and conditions of use: http://ocw.mit.edu/terms/

After posting “Open Those Courses, Part 1” I wondered, can MITOCW really be this bad?

Perhaps the problem is that the course I featured in that post was created (and apparently not revised) since 2005.

So, I returned to MITOCW and found a course dated 2009 in my favorite discipline, Economics – so, I began exploring.

Source: MIT Open Course Ware (MITOCW)

Course: Principles of Macroeconomics MIT # 14.02  http://ocw.mit.edu/courses/economics/14-02-principles-of-macroeconomics-fall-2009/index.htm

Instructor: Veronica Guerrieri

Screen-shot: Principles of Macroeconomics MIT # 14.02 Home Page


This page is formatted exactly like the page featured in “Open Those Courses, Part 1”

  • Crowded
  • Monochromatic
  • Important information (Course Description) is in small print

Screen-shot: Principles of Macroeconomics MIT # 14.02 Syllabus (Top of page 1)

This page is formatted exactly like the page featured in “Open Those Courses, Part 1”

Screen-shot: Principles of Macroeconomics MIT # 14.02 Calendar:

This page is formatted exactly like the page featured in “Open Those Courses, Part 1”

Screen-shot: Principles of Macroeconomics MIT # 14.02 Readings:

This page is formatted exactly like the page featured in “Open Those Courses, Part 1” (It must be boring reading this line again and again – believe me it was boring typing it again and again (OK cutting/pasting again and again) I engaged in this duplicity to help you imagine what it is like as a learner trying to remain interested in this mono-chromatic chunk of text.)

Screen-shot: Principles of Macroeconomics MIT # 14.02 Lecture Notes Listing

Again the Lecture Notes are presented in PDF but it is a PDF of the instructor’s PowerPoint slides as shown in this screen-shot:

 

These lecture notes are much better than those shown in “Open Those Courses Part 1”.  The notes were created in PowerPoint format so they are much more interesting to read and they do include charts.  Unfortunately NO LINKS are included, so it is very one-dimensional.

Screen-shot: Principles of Macroeconomics MIT # 14.02 Problem Set #1, page 1 (PDF)

I could, of course, take pictures of all 3 pages of this Problem Set; but, believe me – you would be BORED.  No images (not even any of those lovely charts), but most importantly NO LINKS.  Nothing about this PDF would let you know that it is made available online.

Readers – Are you still there?  Thanks for staying with me through this ramble, I am sure that at this very moment folks are working on web-izine MITOCW.  (If you know someone who works at MIT, go ahead and send them my blog link – I am available to give them some guidance, if they ask nicely – ha ha.)

Resources cited:

http://ocw.mit.edu/index.htm

Simonson, M., Smaldino, S., Albright, M., & Zvacek, S. (2009). Teaching and Learning at a Distance: Foundations of Distance Education (4th ed.). Boston, MA: Pearson. 

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