2007 December 25 Tuesday
Online Courses Make MIT Physics Prof Internationally Popular

Lots of very talented teachers only get seen by the people who physically sit in their class rooms at the times they deliver their lectures. As soon as they deliver a lecture performance that performance is lost forever. What a waste. But the move by major universities to put at least some of their courses on the web is reducing the amount of that waste. Online video courses have made an MIT physics professor popular with students from around the world

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. — Walter H. G. Lewin, 71, a physics professor, has long had a cult following at M.I.T. And he has now emerged as an international Internet guru, thanks to the global classroom the institute created to spread knowledge through cyberspace.

Professor Lewin’s videotaped physics lectures, free online on the OpenCourseWare of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, have won him devotees across the country and beyond who stuff his e-mail in-box with praise.

These course will last longer than Lewin will teach. Every professor whose courses get recored in this fashion will add to an expanding store of valuable course work. This course work breaks students free of geographical locations, schedules, and makes a large assortment of lecture series accessible any time of the day and any day of the year.

You can watch Professor Lewin teach 8.01 Physics I: Classical Mechanics from Fall 1999, 8.02 Electricity and Magnetism from Spring 2002, and 8.03 Physics III: Vibrations and Waves from Fall 2004. Most of MIT's online courses do not come with full audio and visual. However, look at MIT's complete list and note the icons that tell you what is available for each course.

Share |      By Randall Parker at 2007 December 25 06:43 PM  Education Online


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tommy said at December 25, 2007 7:43 PM:
Most of MIT's online courses do not come with full audio and visual. However, look at MIT's complete list and note the icons that tell you what is available for each course.

Yeah, this is disappointing. The truth is that only a small number of the courses actually feature any video or audio. I hope they offer more in the future.

ye wint said at July 5, 2008 11:57 PM:

Can student present their own concept of physics at the online MIT course?What they were needed for present that concept.And how to present?


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