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Posted By Jim On 09/20/2005 @ 9:46 am In General,Personal Finance | Comments Disabled
If you went to college within the last ten years, you’ll recognize that a lot more of the information once distributed in class and on paper is now available entirely online. If you were diligent enough, you could read all the course notes from a prestigious college without having to pay a cent in tuition or in books (you wouldn’t, however, get the networking or the benefit of a capable instructor, two critical selling points of actually going to a school). Well, in the spirit of such openness, MIT OpenCourseWare  is one central place where MIT lists all its freely available course materials. There are 34 departments ranging from Aeronautics & Astronautics to Writing and Humanistic Studies and each department is chock full of course (23 in Writing and Humanistic Studies).
So I pulled up 15.010 / 15.011 Economic Analysis for Business Decisions, Fall 2004  and started looking at the lecture notes  and recitation notes . Every lecture is available on PDF and nearly all the handouts are also available on PDF as well!
The hard part is that the lecture notes are presentation slides so you’re missing the expertise of the lecturer filling in the details and telling the war stories, so it’s difficult to gauge the differences. But I am starting to see a real difference between part-time MBA programs, JHU specifically, versus full time programs, Sloan and Wharton…
Regardless, I think that the real value in this is in those programs/majors in which I never took a course. When you’re shelling out tens of thousands of dollars each year, it seems frivolous and irresponsible to take courses in another major if it wasn’t a requirement. I think it’d be fun to take some of the Political Science  courses and in fact, I think I will.
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 15.010 / 15.011 Economic Analysis for Business Decisions, Fall 2004: http://ocw.mit.edu/OcwWeb/Sloan-School-of-Management/15-010Fall-2004/CourseHome/index.htm
 lecture notes: http://ocw.mit.edu/OcwWeb/Sloan-School-of-Management/15-010Fall-2004/LectureNotes/index.htm
 recitation notes: http://ocw.mit.edu/OcwWeb/Sloan-School-of-Management/15-010Fall-2004/Recitations/index.htm
 Political Science: http://ocw.mit.edu/OcwWeb/Global/all-courses.htm#PoliticalScience
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