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Wednesday, October 15, 2008

2 MIT OCW courses reach 1m visits

MIT's 8.01 Physics I: Classical Mechanics and 18.06 Linear Algebra Reach Million Visit Milestone, press release, October 9, 2008. (Thanks to Creative Commons.)

Two free courses published on MIT's OpenCourseWare (OCW) site have each received more than one million total visits since publication. The OCW site was launched by MIT in 2002, and the two courses, 8.01 Physics I: Classical Mechanics and 18.06 Linear Algebra, were among the first courses made available.

Both courses have averaged roughly 600 visits per day from learners and educators around the world, making them the most visited courses on the OCW site. Professor Walter Lewin, who teaches 8.01, and Professor Gilbert Strang, who teaches 18.06, have both become web celebrities because of the video lectures and other course materials they have shared through OCW. ...