“Calculus Revisited” star receives honorary doctorate

Among OCW’s most popular resources are Herb Gross’s pioneering distance-education math videos, known as “Calculus Revisited.” First released in 1970-1972, they have found new life and an adoring 21st century audience among OCW users.

Among the glowing user comments: “I simply can’t stop watching them” … “mesmerizing” … “one of the most lucid teaching styles i’ve ever seen” … “definitely recommended for students who are going to take a calculus class for the first time.”

Now, we are pleased to report that Herb has received an honorary doctorate from the State University of New York (SUNY).

This honorary degree is a fitting acknowledgment of Gross’ significant contributions to mathematics education.

Throughout his 55-year career of innovative teaching, publications, and service, Gross focused on his goal of reducing mathematical illiteracy in society. His commitment continues to this day through his signature pedagogy “Math as a Second Language.” This free course is offered through his open-access website, and it is currently offered as a summer workshop in the Corning-Painted Post school district in conjunction with CCC and Corning Enterprises.

Gross was working as a graduate student/teaching assistant when the president of CCC invited him to be founding chair for the new college’s mathematics department. At CCC from 1958-68, Gross pioneered distance education through Corning’s Educational Television Network. He then returned to MIT’s Center for Advanced Engineering Study where he developed a video refresher course for engineering executives returning to graduate study. Over 55,000 engineers, technicians, and scientists from six continents have taken the course, which is still available on MIT’s website. Read more…

All of the videos, plus supplemental notes and study guides, can be found in these three OCW collections:

New rankings acclaim MIT’s graduate programs in engineering, business (via MIT News)

Here at MIT OpenCourseWare, we’re proud to bring you course materials from some of the best educational programs in the world. See the links below to explore the curriculum from these great programs recognized by US News & World Report.

New rankings acclaim MIT’s graduate programs in engineering, business

MIT leads in seven engineering disciplines and three business fields, says U.S. News & World Report.

(March 12, 2013) – Extending a decades-long run, MIT’s graduate program in engineering has again been ranked No. 1 in the country by U.S. News & World Report. MIT has held the top spot since 1990, when the magazine first ranked graduate programs in engineering.

U.S. News awarded MIT a score of 100 among graduate programs in engineering, followed by No. 2 Stanford University (95), No. 3 University of California at Berkeley (87), and No. 4 California Institute of Technology (78).

MIT’s graduate programs led U.S. News lists in seven engineering disciplines, up from four No. 1 rankings last year. Top-ranked at MIT this year are programs in aerospace engineering (tied with Caltech); chemical engineering; materials engineering; computer engineering; electrical engineering (tied with Stanford); mechanical engineering (tied with Stanford); and nuclear engineering. Other top-five graduate programs at MIT include industrial/manufacturing/systems engineering (No. 3, tied with Northwestern University, Stanford and Berkeley) and biomedical engineering (No. 5).  Read more.

Explore the curriculum from these highly ranked programs on OCW:

OCW video redistributor Videolectures.net named best “e- Science & Technology” product of the decade

We are thrilled to learn that our friends at Videolectures.net have just been named World Summit Award winners for best “e- Science & Technology” product of the decade. The World Summit Awards are sponsored by the UN and UNESCO.

While our video redistribution through iTunes U and YouTube probably receives more attention, Videolectures.net may well be the best experience for those looking for a site deigned to share educational content from the ground up, and they are a key redistributor of our content in Europe.

As of now, Videolectures.net contains 1755 MIT OpenCourseWare videos, which have been viewed 1,039,691 times. Congratulations to the team at Videolectures.net!

Here’s an excerpt from the press release:

The World Summit Award

The World Summit Award (WSA) was launched in 2003 and is a part of the United Nations Summit on the Information Society. It represents a unique global competition for the recognition of best e-Content and global creativity. Its Online Jury evaluated 200 WSA winners from the last decade and selected what they consider to be the 8 all-time bests: the WSIS+10 Global Champions. VideoLectures.Net was selected as the winner in the “e- Science & Technology” category. The winners will presented at the WSA grand gala in Paris on 26th February 2013.


With this prestigious award, Videolectures.Net has proven that its vision of free and open access to academic knowledge in the form of online videos is the right approach for addressing the global digital divide in education and knowledge transfer. The website functions as an online video library, and was established with the aim of promoting access to academic lectures given by distinguished scholars, scientists, researchers and academics from many scientific fields, at conferences, summer schools, workshops and, even, the university classroom. It also serves as a publication channel for academic videos relating to research projects within the Sixth Framework Programme (FP6), Seventh Framework Programme (FP7) and the upcoming Horizon 2020. At present, the video library includes content from 761 events, 10,763 authors and 14,251 lectures (some 16,442 videos in total). It is a unique resource for high-quality and specialised academic talks. VideoLectures.Net is shaping the future of education and as the collection has got larger, the activities of VideoLectures.Net have become more complex. So in 2010 it co-founded the Knowledge 4 All Foundation Ltd, in order to maximise the impact of the online collection and dedicate resources to the creation of tools and intelligent services that complement and enhance its video content.

OCW, MITx power MIT’s Internet clout rating (via Bostinno)

Bostinno is reporting that for the second year running, MIT has been ranked as the university generating the most buzz on the Internet by the Global Language Monitor. GLM’s rankings look at how often schools are mentioned in blogs, on Twitter, and in online media. Bostinno suggests we may have something to do with it:

MIT’s win last year marked the first time a technical school had ever topped the rankings, and its success was largely attributed to the OpenCourseWare program. Yet, the unveiling of MITx and accompanying edX certainly couldn’t have hurt the Institute’s standing.