Sit in on Michigan State Egyptian archaeology class, for free

Interested in Egyptian archaeology? This summer, you can virtually sit in on a Michigan State University class taught by professor Ethan Watrall. He set the online class up to be completely open access—the public will be able to view and use all course materials. Open access classes aren't new, but they are awesome, inspired by a belief that knowledge ought to be free, particularly knowledge from public institutions. Instead, the idea is that the schools should sell certification and credentials, while allowing the public to benefit from better access to information. (Via Holly Tucker)


  1. Hey thats me! Oh, and yeah, I’m not a grad student…I’m Assistant Professor of Anthropology and Associate Director of MATRIX: The Center for the Arts, Letters, and Social Sciences Online.

  2. Knowledge should be free, but rich people dont like it because for them to be rich, there has to be poor people that use products and services that the rich dont use. And if you have to pay for it, then the rich can be afford to be cleverer and the poor cant afford to help themselves and the gap between rich and poor people gets bigger, which is good for the rich people but not for society
    David Cameron’s Britain… which is why he isnt a nice person, or at least i dont agree with him and the direction he wants this country to go. (imagine old england times with kings and porpers that are told to think so greatly of the kings even though they are greedy and too powerful for their own good)

    Materials to gain knowledge should be free, but universities and the like shouldnt because there you pay for them to give you lectures and help learning and at the end of it a qualification.

    You basically pay to be helped learning something, going about it yourself should be free if you think you can put in the effort but you wont get a written qualification so it will be harder to show to an employer that you can do it, and you taught yourself well.

  3. MIT has OpenCourseWare. Semester’s worth of full lectures posted on youtube, and assignments on their website. Great stuff….

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