Exercise, Lose Weight,  Quit Smoking or Drinking, Pay down debt, Stop [insert nasty habit here] . . . The typical New Year’s resolutions are well intentioned but hollow gestures, forgotten by February.

May I suggest something that might be longer lasting and more fruitful resolution? Knowledge.

Pick an area of study that truly interests you, then go to MIT’s OpenCourseWare and find a class (I found a few courses that look intriguing). Register for free, and get your learning on!



Category: Philosophy

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26 Responses to “New Year’s Resolution: MIT OpenCourseWare”

  1. Julia Chestnut says:

    BR, that’s kind of awesome! Do your kids play with Scratch? It’s another MIT project that is really quite wonderful – essentially, it’s a rudimentary programming language for kids. THIS is what Universities should be doing.

  2. VennData says:

    I think … sob, sob,… I think I’m going to … sob… sob… to try hard – real hard – to stop crying… whaa…

    - GOP

    “…Newt Gingrich, struggling to regain momentum, broke into tears while speaking about his mother…”


    “…John Boehner Bawls Through Congressional Award Ceremony…”


    “…Mitch McConnell Has A Cry…”


    And you think these guys are the daddy party? ROFL. What a bunch of pussies.

    Grand Old Pussies!

  3. super_trooper says:

    sounds good, but once you look through it, it is very lean. I don’t see how this can have much impact on someone’s education.

  4. Dan says:


    This is the best New Year’s resolution I’ve heard, so far. I use MIT Opencourseware as a supplement for university. During breaks, I use it to get a head start on classes for the next semester. It is a great tool for people in university or for people looking to acquire new knowledge or refresh previously acquired knowledge.

    However, the real reason why this is probably the best New Year’s resolution is acquiring new knowledge is something that is with someone for the rest of their life.

    Happy holidays and New Year to you, your family and friends.



  5. Tim says:

    That is awesome!!!! Thank you Barry! P.S.: Which one(s) intrigue you?

  6. I love to learn…although some of my best lessons have come from everyday life, but I need to be “present” to catch them…not always easy…my New Year’s resolution that I think I can live up to: http://strawberryblondesmarketsummary.blogspot.com/2011/12/new-years-resolution.html
    Have a good one! :-)

  7. rktbrkr says:

    Maybe I’ll take the astronautics course so when people tell me that I’m no Rocket Scientist I can prove that I am!

    More seriously anybody know if there is a website for online (low cost) college courses and programs? Strangely a local CC charges more for online courses than live courses, not being very green!

  8. willid3 says:


  9. Union Agitator says:

    I was not impressed by the MIT courses. I found http://www.khanacademy.org/ much more useful.

  10. davefromcarolina says:

    “Introduction to Statistical Method in Economics” looks good. The first time I took a stats/economics course, my instructor was Japanese, and while he was a really cool guy, Nori’s English was not the best. Time to revisit.

  11. I’ve long thought that “a Co.” was missing a large opportunity for +Positive Branding, in this regard..

    Dr. Pepper, as one ex., could give a whole new meaning to “Be A Pepper” ..

    and, if they put some thought into it, they could drive greater (numerical) interest toward achieving a 3.0 (GPA), than being able to ‘shoot a 3′..

    also, modeling http://search.yippy.com/search?query=CLEP&tb=sitesearch-all&v%3Aproject=clusty

    it may be possible to ‘Privatize’ “Educational Credentials”, in a fashion that would be able to be, broadly, understood..

    opens to, potential, *Reality of ~comparing “CLEP”-Test results, and “Pepper Points”, in one’s ‘iPod’, instead of MP3s and “Farmville”-Acreage reports..

  12. maddog2020 says:

    I was literally looking through the MIT OCW site this morning, looking for some programming courses. However, being a biologist, I took a quick peek at some of the biology courses. They seem a bit old and lacking in course notes. Hopefully, they will be updated soon.

    However, I sure could use some of the other classes. And thanks Streeteye & Jojo for the other links!

  13. Chief Tomahawk says:

    BR: Amy Winehouse in concert on HDNET tonight, fyi.

  14. tippet523 says:

    I am halfway through the American Revolution by Yale University. Professor Joanna Freeman on ITunes U.

    Great class.

    My attention span lacks the last ten minutes on a Stairmaster while listening.

    Great idea

  15. Arequipa01 says:

    thanks to Jojo for the codeacademy link, and to those who noted the khan academy, good on you etc

    ot: http://necsi.edu/research/economics/bearraid.html

    didn’t notice this one on the site, maybe i missed it, just saw it at BoingBoing- great site, btw.

    also, seems like TBP search function isn’t working

  16. dina says:

    I am not impressed by MIT lectures. Also, some lectures are available only in audio. Check itunes University. You can watch multiple lectures for the same course.

    Stanford is also offering live classes free to others.
    scroll down to see all courses offered by Stanford

    Finally, if you are looking for all lectures covering a particular undergraduate degree(mainly engineering), then check
    they have literally about one thousand video lectures

  17. ToNYC says:

    How long do you need to be a professor anywhere MitNyu until you realize that all the really smart ones leave, no longer needing approval?

  18. rktbrkr says:

    thanks for posting the links, I scrolled too fast past streeteyes, thanks & happy new year

  19. dina says:

    khanacademy is another internet monopoly like facebook, google etc. They want you learn only from their website. They will not suggest any text books or references. It is OK to learn basic things about a field. They don’t have complete set of lectures on any field. They will take you only half way. To complete the journey you have to goto MIT or itunes University.
    They just want to make money from advertisements.

  20. Jojo says:

    I just discovered that there is a service that works through public libraries to provide over 500 free online courses in a variety of subjects and areas. I am not sure of the quality of the courses or how many libraries are clients but here is a link to check:


  21. open768 says:

    And theres the University of Oxford in England with their Online courses that
    anyone can do and generate CATS points (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Credit_Accumulation_and_Transfer_Scheme)


    Challenge the grey matter – just because! – I did “Philospohy of mind” and “Origins of Human behaviour”

  22. subscriptionblocker says:

    Open courseware is MIT’s finest hour. This is what they’ll be remembered for.