Webinar on OCW recent highlights and future direction

Headshot photo of Curt Newton.Please join OCW Director Curt Newton on a free webinar, Monday March 4, 12:30-1:30 ET, for a tour through some recent highlights on MIT OpenCourseWare, and thoughts on its bright future.

Register here.

This webinar is presented by the Abdul Latif Jameel World Education Lab (J-WEL). A program of MIT Open Learning, J-WEL at MIT seeks to promote excellence and transformation in education globally. As an incubator for change in education at MIT and around the world, J-WEL provides a platform that engages educators, technologists, policymakers, and societal leaders in addressing global opportunities for education through online and in-person collaborations, workshops, and information sharing events.

The webinar is a contribution to Open Education Week, a global event to raise awareness of free and open sharing in education and the benefits they bring to teachers and learners. Coordinated by the Open Education Consortium, Open Education Week showcases projects, resources, and ideas from around the world that demonstrate open education in practice.




In the Spirit of Open

Logo graphic for Open Education Week 2016.By Sarah Hansen, OCW Educator Project Manager

OCW is participating in Open Education Week 2016 (March 7-11)!  We’re sharing a video to introduce you (and your teaching colleagues around the world) to our new OCW Educator portal, which allows users to now search OCW content by instructional approach and teaching materials.


Use the portal to find new examples, explanations, and simulations to make concepts in your classroom come to life. Enrich your students’ experiences with OCW images, lecture slides, and video. All of these resources come straight from the classrooms of MIT’s leading researchers and teachers. Because OCW is Creative Commons licensed, these materials are made for sharing. Download files for later. Share with students. Modify, remix, and reuse in your teaching.

Through Instructor Insights pages, MIT faculty share their thinking, methods, and tips about the art and science of teaching with the global educator community. Use the portal to discover new ways to motivate your students with active learning. Get students more deeply engaged in problem solving. Help your students learn to work in teams. Weave communication skills into STEM subjects. Refresh your approach to large-class lectures.


Explore a few of our latest OCW Educator videos:


Help us share this resource. Tell a teacher about OCW Educator. Share resources you find on OCW with students and colleagues. Let’s keep open going!

Learn, Cure, Fuel, Make: MIT launches “Solve” (MIT News)

Graphic of four colored squares with the words Learn, Cure, Fuel, Make.

The four pilliars of Solve. (Source: MIT Solve website.)

MIT launches “Solve” to galvanize action on solving the world’s great challenges
Leaders to gather for keystone event at MIT next October
Technology Review | December 12, 2014

MIT will convene technologists, philanthropists, business leaders, policymakers, and social-change agents Oct. 5-8, 2015, for the launch of “Solve,” an initiative to galvanize these leaders to drive progress on complex, important global challenges that MIT has singled out as urgent and ripe for progress. Curated by distinguished members of the MIT community, this highly collaborative event will take place at Kresge Auditorium and at various labs, classrooms, and facilities across the MIT campus.

Solve will organize challenges into four content pillars, identified by MIT as strategic targets for interdisciplinary research, problem solving, and collaboration:

  • Learn, curated by Anant Agarwal, professor of electrical engineering and computer science at MIT and CEO of edX, will focus on access to education, and digital and distance learning.
  • Cure, curated by Phillip Sharp, Institute Professor at MIT and an affiliate of MIT’s Koch Institute for Integrative Cancer Research, will examine the affordability of care, and advanced diagnostics and therapies.
  • Fuel, curated by Angela Belcher, the W.M. Keck Professor of Energy at MIT, will focus on environmental sustainability, food and water security, and renewable energy.
  • Make, curated by Rodney Brooks, professor emeritus of electrical engineering and computer science at MIT and founder, chairman, and chief technology officer of Rethink Robotics, will delve into manufacturing, global infrastructure, and the future of work.

The curators will assemble challenge teams to address specific global issues in the developing and developed worlds, with short- and long-term goals for tackling pressing issues where serious progress is possible…

Read the full article.

We certainly agree that learning is one key to solving the world’s most pressing problems, and look forward to this initiative.

Celebrating 50 years of computer science at MIT

The first real-time digital computer (Project Whirlwind)…the first multiplayer video game, “SpaceWar!”…Arpanet, Ethernet, email, TCP/IP, the World Wide Web…and of course, OCW and edX.

These are among 50 ways that MIT has transformed computer science, a list compiled by MIT CSAIL (Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory).

On May 28-29, 2014, the MAC50 symposium at MIT celebrates the 50th anniversary of item #4 on this list: Project MAC. Project MAC (Multiple Access Computer and Machine Aided Cognition) set about developing a computing system that would allow individuals to access computational power much as we are able to access electricity for our homes. The result was time-sharing and a new paradigm of interactive computing, which laid the foundation for many of today’s basic design concepts for software systems.

OCW has several hundred courses on computer science topics. Here are a few notable courses by past directors of CSAIL and its predecessor AI Lab:

Game Studies in OCW: Welcome back to Boston, PAX East!

An MIT video game controller. Courtesy of Brett Paci.

Games Studies in MIT OpenCourseWare. Courtesy of Brett Paci.

PAX East, one of the largest gaming events in North America, returns to Boston April 11-13 2014.

While MIT doesn’t have an official game design degree program, it’s consistently ranked as a top school for game design studies. There’s a vital gaming community centered around the renowned MIT Game Lab, and plenty of relevant coursework and research on topics such as:

  • the design and history of games and how people play and learn with games
  • solving the computational and technical challenges of developing digital games
  • psychological games and behavioral change
  • business practices required for creating your own game company

In honor of PAX, and inspired by the Game Lab’s recommendations for MIT students, here’s a selection of MIT’s best game-related courses available online in OCW and MITx.

Game Studies Introductions

Other Recommended Background

Game Design

Practicum: Opportunities to Make Video Games

Writing for Games

Educational Software & Games

Management & Production

Programming & Software Engineering

Art Direction & Visual Design

Audio Design

Culture & Society

MIT OCW at USA Science & Engineering Festival

The logo of the USA Science & Engineering Festival

MIT OCW will be at the USA Science & Engineering Festival to share our site Highlights for High School, which got a facelift earlier this year.

We’ll have magnets, bookmarks, and other Highlights swag to give away. We’ll also be doing a few giveaways at the event, so be sure to stop by our booth and say hello! We can’t wait to see you there.

The free expo is in Washington DC at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center on April 26th & 27th. If you can’t make it to the event, be sure to follow us on Twitter and Facebook. We’ll be Tweeting with the hashtag #MITatUSASEF.