As stated by Dick K.P. Yue, Professor, MIT School of Engineering “The idea is simple: to publish all of our course materials online and make them widely available to everyone.” This is the concept behind MIT OpenCourseWare.
Here is basic information for prospective learners:
- OCW makes the materials used in the teaching of almost all of MIT’s subjects available online and free of charge.
- No registration, no enrollment, and no grades or credits are offered.
- We do not provide interaction or direct contact with MIT faculty, staff, or students.
- There are no prerequisites to use OCW materials.
- We encourage you to use, reuse, and mix our content so long as you follow our terms.
- We hope you enjoy using OCW and share it with your friends, family, and colleagues.
There are more than 2,100 courses on OCW and you might want to begin your exploration in any of these ways:
- Find a course by topic or by department.
- Peruse courses on our Cross-Disciplinary Topic Lists: energy, entrepreneurship, environment, introductory programming, life sciences, and transportation.
- Browse through our other collections: Audio/Video Lectures, New Courses, Most Visited Courses, OCW Scholar, or Supplemental Resources.
- Check out our other featured site: Highlights for High School.
Start Your Learning Adventure
Each OCW course offers some type of instruction which may include a syllabus, lecture notes, reading list, or calendar, and a learning activity such as assignments, quizzes, or exams.
The best places to begin are:
- the syllabus, which explains the goals of the course, and prerequisite knowledge or course work; or
- the calendar, which gives you an idea of the sequence of what is taught and studied.
Then it’s up to you to decide what you’d like to learn. Whether you choose to study a course from beginning to end or just focus on a concept or two, we encourage you to study at your own pace since you won’t receive any credit, certificate, or degree from OCW.
To see if there is a community of learners studying the same subject or topic, please visit OpenStudy.com. You can pose questions and provide answers with anyone in the study group.