May 2012 Newsletter

OCW publishes two new OCW Scholar courses

OCW has released two new courses in the innovative OCW Scholar format designed for independent learners.

Fundamentals of Biology focuses on the basic principles of biochemistry, molecular biology, genetics, and recombinant DNA. These principles are necessary to understanding the basic mechanisms of life and anchor the biological knowledge that is required to understand many of the challenges in everyday life, from human health and disease to loss of biodiversity and environmental quality.

Go to 7.01SC Fundamentals of Biology

Introduction to Psychology is a survey of the scientific study of human nature, including how the mind works, and how the brain supports the mind. Topics include the mental and neural bases of perception, emotion, learning, memory, cognition, child development, personality, psychopathology, and social interaction.

Go to 9.00SC Introduction to Psychology

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Highlights for High School

Do you understand the philosophy behind leadership, the importance of teamwork, and how and why it's important to self-reflect?

If you aren't sure (or even if you are), then take a look at the Leadership Training Institute course.

It's more than lecture notes. The instructors encourage you to scream, run, think, reflect and learn in your own way.

Find out more about the Leadership Training Institute

Courses in Context: The Business of IPOs

Photo of NASDAQ sign in New York City by broc7
Photo of NASDAQ sign in New York City by broc7.

Facebook's initial public offering (IPO) began at $38.23 a share on May 18. It's now riding the waves of the stock market.

In the following courses, there are resources that look at the philosophy and mechanics behind IPOs.

See more courses in Entrepreneurship

Views from Supporters

MIT OpenCourseWare supporter. "Out of rethoric, the MIT OCW is simply one of the most important serious initiatives—together with Wikipedia, Khan academy,—to promote cultural advancement for everybody all over the world.

It is not a case that all of these initiatives are completely free, and they SHOULD remain free, for one simple reason: that's the only way that they can reach the people that most need it, in developing countries.

On an ethical side, I think it's also important that they remain free to promote the idea that, although universities have an obvious (enormous) management cost, the maximum effort should be put into keeping education free for everybody who cannot pay high fees. Poverty should not cause ignorance."

-Leonardo, Independent Learner, Netherlands

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