MIT Will Place Course Materials Online

The Massachusetts Institute of Technology said this month that it would go forward with an estimated $100-million plan to make instructional materials for all of its more than 2,000 courses available free on the Web.

"The result will be a window on M.I.T.," said Robert A. Brown, the university's provost. "But it is not an active window. It is not distance education."

He said the Web pages would include course notes, homework assignments, syllabuses, and reading lists. "It would