In a move sure to get the attention of many, Massachusetts Institute of Technology president Charles M. Vest has announced that the prestigious school will make the materials used in the teaching of almost all its undergraduate and graduate courses freely available on the Internet over the next ten years. OpenCourseWare, as the initiative is called, is not meant to replace degree-granting higher education. Rather, its goal is to provide content that supports an education. Said Vest: "Simply put, OpenCourseWare is a natural marriage of American higher education and the capabilities of the World Wide Web."

For more information, see the press release and fact sheet on the MIT Web site.