I received a comment in regards to my previous post. It appears that the New York Times article was in error and that MIT has no intention of charging for their OpenCourseWare, ever. Kudos to MIT! From an MIT Media Relations article:
A handful of recent news articles have reported that MIT is considering placing its MIT OpenCourseWare (OCW) program behind a paywall. These articles stemmed from remarks about e-learning that were made by an MIT administrator at a recent educational conference. The articles were based on a misinterpretation of the administrator’s remarks.
The content on MIT OpenCourseWare will continue to be free and available online, as it has always been. Like other universities, MIT is constantly exploring new educational opportunities — including the possibility of e-learning projects — but MIT has no plans to charge for access to MIT OpenCourseWare content.