MIT OpenCourseWare

About the Project

In the year 2000, an MIT faculty committee on lifelong learning proposed a program that was as straightforward as it was revolutionary: a website that would give away MIT’s teaching materials for free. MIT OpenCourseWare ( has grown from that bold idea to an unparalleled educational resource that has benefitted millions around the world and inspired a global movement. OCW contains the core teaching materials—including syllabi, lecture notes, assignments and exams—from virtually all of MIT’s undergraduate and graduate courses: the entire curriculum of the Institute freely available for anyone to use.

MIT faculty provide educational materials to OCW voluntarily, gifts that often represent a lifetime of scholarship and teaching. The website contains more than 80,000 resources, including documents, simulations, animations, sample code and thousands of hours of classroom instruction on video. Hundreds of OCW courses have been translated into other languages, including Chinese, Spanish, Portuguese, Persian and Thai, and MIT OpenCourseWare has inspired a consortium of leading universities from around the world to share materials from thousands of their own courses.


April 24, 2019 (last update 09-10-2019)