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Will Journalism Survive? April 14, 2010

Posted by Joanne KY Teoh in Civic Media, Convergence, Journalism, MIT5, News, Social Media, Trends, Web Video.
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While not dead, the news industry in the US is severely depleted and likely to diminish further, an MIT panel agree. But they also believe something vibrant and enduring might emerge from this period of digital disruption.

The key to survival in the digital age will involve using new tools to engage the many different publics, especially those who might have been alienated by a partisan or compliant media. There is a hunger for understanding the world around, and one way is to engage different audiences through a “partnership model,” where users inform the journalistic process.


Legendary MIT Lectures On The Web December 23, 2007

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Professor Walter Lewin’s Lectures on Physics at Massachusetts Institute of Technology are legendary for their clear and dazzling presentations. Now they can be viewed anywhere, anytime on the MIT OpenCourseWare site which shares free lecture notes, exams, and other resources from over 1800 courses spanning its entire curriculum.



The Walter Lewin Video Lectures

8.01 Physics I: Classical Mechanics
8.02 Physics II: Electricity and Magnetism
8.03 Physics III: Vibrations and Waves

Thanks to the global classroom the university has created to spread knowledge online, Lewin is today a Web guru. The professor is part of the Web generation of academic stars who hold forth in cyberspace on their college Web sites and iTunes U. MIT on iTunes U contains video and audio files of MIT faculty lectures, public lectures, and community events.

And if you’re thinking of homeschooling a high schooler or gifted teenager, here’s an invaluable resource. M.I.T. recently expanded its online classes by opening a site aimed at high school students and teachers. Lewin is among those featured.

Open CourseWare is not an MIT education. It does not grant degrees and certificates or provide access to MIT faculty. Most educators use it to plan and teach a course.


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