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As I became aware of MIT OPENCOURSEWARE
I was delighted to find an authoritative
source where I could find a lot of
information for free. It’s really a
fantastic idea and I thank all the
teachers who volunteered to share
their knowledge.”

-Alessandro, Independent Learner, Italy


Dear Friend of OCW,

It’s a privilege for us at OCW to serve enthusiastic learners like Alessandro and millions of others who look for free and reliable educational resources to support their educational pursuits.

Please consider OCW in your end-of-year giving so that we can continue to openly share MIT materials with a world of people seeking to refresh their knowledge, learn something new, or gain the understanding they need to fulfill their life goals.

Your donation, large or small, will help us to keep publishing and distributing the educational materials that make a difference to learners everywhere.

Why not be part of OCW’s effort to advance learning? If you can, please support OCW today.



Joseph Pickett
Publication Director
MIT OpenCourseWare



Another 7 reasons to donate to OCW now!

Here are another seven reasons you should donate to OCW.


1. There are more than 2,300 FREE courses on OCW.


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2. You never have to find something new to learn – it’s all on OCW.


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3. You used OCW when you took an edX/MOOC/distance learning course.


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4. You’ve been meaning to, but haven’t found the time (so PLEASE do it now).


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5. You can brag to your friends, you’re an MIT donor!


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6. Your brother donated and you want to give more than he did.


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7. You are a believer in STEAM education for all (remember, it’s FREE).


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So please support OCW and donate now. We truly appreciate it!

7 more reasons to donate to OCW now

Here are seven more reasons you should donate to OCW (if you haven’t already).

1. You can learn ANYTHING you want, ANYTIME, ANYWHERE. (You can’t register even if you wanted to.)


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2. Did we mention you NEVER have to pay a cent to use OCW??


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3. You are one of the 60,000 people who visit OCW every day.


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7. You join MIT in its own philanthropy of sharing education with the world.


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So go on ahead, donate now. (Thanks! )

7 reasons you should donate to OCW now

OCW is celebrating 15 years of open sharing with the world! To honor the year we were announced (2001) , we need 2,001 people to donate by Monday, June 20th for our Spring fundraiser. So far, more than a 1,000 people have donated and we’re so thankful!

We still need more learners to donate to reach this goal. Here are some reasons you should donate to OCW (if you haven’t already).


1. OCW IS ALL FREE!  (There’s no cost, nada, no catch!)

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2. EVERY DOLLAR IS BEING MATCHED.  That’s like doubling your donation which doubles your impact. See what Heshey says.

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3. You are annoyed there aren’t more videos on OCW  (the $100,000 matching gift would help us with that)!

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4. Donating now will make you feel goooood!

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5. You can afford to donate, especially for those that can’t but are grateful to access OCW.

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6. It’s your way to celebrate OCW’s 15th anniversary.

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7. Your gift helps us keep the lights on!

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So don’t wait. Donate now, and thanks!

“I am 53 and have been out of work for 5 years, struggling driving around the state, trying to self educate but as you know nothing replaces a degree. Every dollar I have has to stretch for food, heating fuel and travel money. I do appreciate the opportunity to a self educate put forth by the MIT OpenCourseWare and I am always praising MIT for their philanthropic efforts.” – John, USA


OCW Gift Challenge – Can We Count on You?

OCW Gift Challenge
Dear Friends of OCW,

This spring, we’ve been given another special challenge:

The OCW Gift Challenge Circle Members, a group of donors who strongly support MIT OpenCourseWare’s mission, have issued this challenge because they believe the thousands of people who use OCW’s site every day and can afford to donate, should be active members of our community of supporters.

OCW is an expression of MIT’s commitment of advancing knowledge around the world. Through OCW, educators improve courses and curricula, making their schools more effective; students find additional resources to help them succeed; and independent learners enrich their lives and use the content to tackle some of our world’s most difficult challenges, including sustainable development, climate change, and cancer eradication.

To date, more than 200 million people from just about every country have accessed lecture notes, videos, problem sets, and other core MIT teaching materials—at no cost—through OCW for more than a decade.

Your support is critical to the success of this challenge.

This is a participation challenge and so every person who donates counts toward our goal (and any donation, large or small, makes a difference)! Please help us reach our goal by donating today and encourage your friends, colleagues and family to do the same.

Your support will allow OCW to remain a free, open, current and comprehensive publication of MIT’s core teaching materials. We know that the vast majority of visitors to our site cannot afford to donate, and our core mission is to provide access to exactly these audiences—educators in developing countries, workers displaced by financial crisis, homeschooling parents, independent learners unable to continue formal study.

Your donation supports not only our work, but it also demonstrates to our funders that OCW is a valuable resource for the millions of people who can improve their lives from open access to MIT’s educational assets.

Thank you in advance for helping us reach our goal.


Cecilia d’Oliveira
Executive Director
MIT OpenCourseWare

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Our gift to you – new OCW courses!

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At OCW, December is one of the busiest publication times of the year. So far this month, we’ve published nine courses. Five are brand-new to OCW, and four are substantial updates of prior versions.

New courses:

Updated courses:

Many more courses will publish in the next few weeks. You can always see what’s new in OCW over the past 6 months with our New Courses list.

It’s all part of OCW’s ongoing commitment to serving as your premier free educational resource. If you can afford to, please consider OCW in your end-of-the-year giving. Your donation, large or small, ensures our ability to keep publishing and distributing the educational materials that make a difference to learners everywhere.

Kerry Emanuel: Bringing global warming science from the classroom to the world (MIT Energy Initiative)

MIT Energy Initiative has a great feature article on Prof. Kerry Emanuel in the Spring 2014 issue of Energy Futures.

Prof. Kerry Emanuel, instructor of Global Warming Science on edX. Photo by Helen Hill.

Prof. Kerry Emanuel, instructor of Global Warming Science on edX. Photo by Helen Hill.

Earlier this year, Prof. Emanuel, along with Prof. Dan Cziczo and Prof. David McGee, taught Global Warming Science as a MOOC on edX.

The class is aimed at sophomores and juniors from all over the world, in particular, those who have taken electrodynamics, classical mechanics, and some thermodynamics. It’s a serious science course, says Emanuel, which distinguishes it from the handful of other online courses currently being taught beyond MIT on the subject of climate change, most of which have a large policy component.

Emanuel’s approach to teaching the class maintains a clear boundary between the science and the policy of climate change. “Part of the problem is all the publicity on global warming has sent out a message that global warming is highly politicized and has nothing to do with science,” he said in a recent interview. “Nothing could be further from the truth.” Continue reading the original article.

In the article, Emanuel discusses the effect the MOOC has had on the MIT campus, as well as his opinions about the politics of climate change. This article is well worth a read!

You can view the archived Global Warming Science course on edX, and explore the OCW version of the same course. You can also visit OCW’s list of energy courses here.