Two and a half years ago I wrote an article for the then DMReview on OpenCourseWare at MIT and it's value for business intelligence. In a nutshell, the OpenCourseWare initiative makes available to the public materials such as lecture notes, reading lists, handouts, problem sets and tests from classes given at MIT and other top universities, creating a treasure chest of learning opportunities from some of the top academics in the world – for free.

I revisited MITOpenCourseWare a few months ago in search of a gentle computer programming course I could recommend to those interested in BI without a strong technology background. Not only did I find such a class, but also saw the progression in sophistication of available OCW materials as well. Many newer courses now include audio/video of class lectures and recitations, so participants can see/hear the instructors “live”. With this technology, the public can enjoy much of the experience of students paying $55,000/year. Good deal.

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