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MIT OpenCourseWare

Providing the highest quality of educational content through the online sharing of all MIT courses
Name of the Organization: 
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
United States of America
Geographical Reach: 
Number of beneficiaries: 
125 million
Project Holder: 
Ms. Cecilia D' OLIVEIRA

MIT OpenCourseWare

About the Project


MIT OpenCourseWare (OCW) is a large-scale, Web-based publication of educational materials from virtually all MIT courses. OCW provides free and open access to core content – syllabi, lecture notes, course calendars, problem sets and solutions, exams, reading lists and assignments – from MIT courses, representing 33 academic disciplines and all five MIT schools. As of August 2010, materials from more than 2,100 courses including 18 000 lectures, virtually the entire curriculum of the Institute, were available.

The site also offers full video recordings of lectures from 34 courses, dozens of complete textbooks, and numerous simulations, animations and sample code files. Its Highlights for High School portal identifies and links to 2,600 resources for advanced high-school study.

Educators around the globe are encouraged to use the materials for curriculum development, whilst self-learners and students may draw on the materials for self-study or supplementary use. Course materials on the site may be freely used, copied, distributed, translated and modified by anyone, anywhere in the world, for non-commercial purposes.

To date, this global initiative has been visited by over 125 million individuals from more than 220 countries, territories, and city-states around the globe. Materials have already been translated into at least 10 different languages. More than 200 other universities have adopted the OpenCourseWare approach to sharing their own course materials, publishing the content of 11,000 additional courses.

MIT OpenCourseWare has received a significant amount of international attention but is still underused by populations around the world who could benefit from it.

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