...but remember, it will NOT be the equivalent of an MIT education! For example, the IAP Mystery Hunt puzzles are online, but the party isn't.
Professors Hal Abelson and Steve Lerman are the ringleaders of OCW@MIT. Prof. Lerman, as quoted in the article, said, "Selling content for profit, or trying in some ways to commercialize one of the core intellectual activities of the university, seemed less attractive
to people at a deep level than finding ways to disseminate it as broadly as possible."
Prof. Abelson's 6.001 textbook is online, so he's already put his money where his mouth is; it retails for $65. He's deeply interested in Ethics and Law on the Electronic Frontier.
Prof. Lerman, the faculty chairman, has directed MIT's educational computing research initiatives since 1983, first at Project Athena, and since 1991 at the Center for Educational Computing Initiatives.
Abelson and Lerman spoke about OCW at the February 12, 2001 undergraduate council meeting.
The faculty discussed the initiative at the February 21, 2001 faculty meeting, as reported by MIT Tech Talk.
There are already hundreds of courses with at least some materials online, though some are only available on campus, like 4.203, while others are fully available, such as the dreaded 6.001, with the textbook online, and the beloved 6.270.
There's other remarkable stuff from online course materials at MIT, including a calculation of the Bohr hydrogen atom ground state energy level from 3.091 and impossible problem sets from 16.230.
The mildly ironic subtext to all this is that Richard M. Stallman left the MIT AI Lab when it started using proprietary software with NDA's.
p.s. The Infinite Corridor, as anyone who's played The Lurking Horror by Infocom knows, is the impossibly long hallway that runs through the main MIT complex.
p.p.s. Wouldn't it be great if MIT worked with Nupedia or Project Gutenburg? (See this /. interview.)