The Christian Science Monitor reports that by the end of 2007, all 1,800 courses taught at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology will be available free of charge online. Started in 2002, MIT’s OpenCourseWare movement aims to disperse knowledge past the walls of elite campuses and disseminate information to anyone who has both an internet connection and a passion for learning. The gesture is intended as an act of “intellectual philanthropy,” and will provide access to course materials such as audio/video lectures, homework assignments, notes, etc. In addition, so far, universities have not been discouraging enrollment by providing these materials. In fact, by whetting students’ appetites, the movement appears to be encouraging greater enrollment. Anne Margulies, executive director of the OpenCourseWare program, says of that MIT “believes strongly that education can be best advanced when knowledge is shared openly and freely.” …