Open Courseware from Carnegie Mellon

Saturday’s New York Times has an article about the Open Courseware movement which points out that Carnegie Mellon University recently joined the free Open Courseware club with its Open Learning Initiative website. Here you’ll find 14 courses, mostly math and science, built around self-guided learning activities.

Unlike the usual podcast/webcast model that uses recorded lectures, Carnegie Mellon’s courses are more like animated textbooks with instruction followed by exercises to test your progress.

Some promising looking offerings include:

  • Two French courses which feature videos of dramatized conversations.
  • Chemistry courses which include an innovative “virtual chemistry lab,” pictured below.

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