The Massachusetts Institute of Technology has launched an “OpenCourseWare” program online, which provides “a free and open educational resource for faculty, students, and self-learners around the world.” Through this program, MIT is essentially providing the content of some of its courses to anyone who would like to access them via the Web. No registration is required.
Courses often feature downloadable textbooks, supplemental study materials, audio or video files, and active discussion groups where you can communicate with other students around the world who are taking the same online courses as you. Outtasite!
Making it even better for us, their offerings include a number of Chinese language study courses.
Note that OpenCourseWare offerings won’t let you add a degree from MIT to your resume or CV, as they’re not associated with “a degree-granting or certificate-granting activity” and do not “provide access to MIT faculty.” Doh!