APPEAL FOR MIRROR SITES TO HOST OPEN SOURCE EDUCATIONAL MATERIALS
Unfortunately, the MIT OCW materials are largely underutilized in many African regions where Internet connectivity is limited. To overcome this limitation, we have installed a small number of mirror sites, or local copies of MIT OCW content, at African educational institutions and our evaluation data show that these mirror sites are having a significant positive impact.
MIT OCW has received support to expand the number of mirror sites in the region through the MIT OCW in a Box program. MIT OCW in a Box, which we will distribute for free to African institutions, is an external hard drive which contains: an entire copy of the entire MIT OCW Web site (including videos), software tools, user documentation, and marketing collateral. Its goal is to have 100 mirror sites installed at African educational institutions by the end of 2006.