OCW is always open, here when you need it most.

OCW launches our Spring Fundraising Campaign today.  Here’s why you should support it.

Dear Friend of OCW,

OCW is always open. Here when you need it most. Please support OCW.OCW is Always Open

Whether you are refreshing your memory on quantum mechanics or you finally have the time to immerse yourself in learning a new language (like German or computer programming) – OCW always has these resources available to you. We’re serving up quality open learning from a menu of 2,200 courses, available day or night, 365 days a year.

But we need your help to continue to serve as a key resource when you need it most.

Your Support Makes a Difference

Continually improving MIT OpenCourseWare offerings, expanding access, and creating innovations like OCW Educator is part of our plan to provide motivated people everywhere the tools to improve their lives and change the world.

With your support in the past, we’ve demonstrated not only that OCW is a unique resource, but that it can be a sustainable one.  MIT continues to pay for half of OCW’s $4 million annual budget directly, but we rely on sponsors and users like you for the rest.

As we approach the end of our fiscal year, we need your help to keep OCW fully funded for today and for the future. If you can afford to contribute to OCW, then please donate today and help us ensure that OCW continues to be here whenever you need us.


Cecilia d’Oliveira
Executive Director
MIT OpenCourseWare

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11th Annual Open Education Conference call for proposals now open

opened2014-logoIt’s that time of year – planning is underway for the 11th annual family reunion of the Open Education family, and we hope that you’re planning for it, too.

Call for Proposals is Now Open!

The CFP submission process calls for tweet-sized abstracts and brief descriptions of 500 or fewer words. Learn more about the conference themes and then submit a proposal! Connect your content, research, tools, methods, advocacy, badges, policies, and other work with the rest of the field.

MathWorks expands its support for digital learning at MIT (MIT News)

MathWorks expands its support for digital learning at MIT
Pledges an additional $2 million in the next three years to support the development of massive open online courses

Steve Carson
Office of Digital Learning

MathWorks, a supporter of MIT OpenCourseWare since 2012, has pledged $2 million in new support for the development of massive open online courses through MITx. MIT OpenCourseWare and MITx are the flagship programs of the recently formed Office of Digital Learning, which is leading MIT’s exploration of how scalable learning technologies will transform education online and on campus.

The new MathWorks pledge is in addition to an $850,000 pledge made in 2012 to support MIT OpenCourseWare, and will be used to fund postdoc, graduate, and undergraduate teaching assistant positions for MITx massive open online courses; the creation of additional MITx courses in the STEM fields (science, technology, engineering and mathematics); and MITx courses with hands-on activities for learners.

“Scalable learning tools are permitting unprecedented access to educational opportunities,” remarked MathWorks CEO Jack Little at the announcement of the new gift. “We are proud to play a role in this remarkable effort to provide outstanding educational experiences to anyone with Internet access, and to create more effective and engaging learning for students on the MIT campus.” Read more.

Obama Is Advised to Let Market Forces Decide Fate of MOOCs (Chronicle of Higher Ed)

Obama Is Advised to Let Market Forces Decide Fate of MOOCs

December 19, 2013 by

Massive open online courses could help increase access to higher education while driving down its costs, but President Obama should not intervene in order to push the MOOC movement in that direction.

That’s the advice the President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology has offered the president in a letter, made public on Wednesday, that focuses on education technology—and MOOCs in particular.

“Although the new technologies introduced by MOOCs are still in their infancy, and many questions and challenges remain, we believe that they hold the possibility of transforming education at all levels by providing better metrics for educational outcomes, and better alignment of incentives for innovation in pedagogy,” the letter’s authors write.

The letter acknowledges the concerns that have been raised about MOOCs and online courses generally, and notes that it is still unclear whether online courses can actually reduce the cost of higher education. But over all the letter strikes an optimistic note, dismissing the rocky experiment involving Udacity and San Jose State University as a natural part of the trial-and-error process that comes with innovation.

The council’s advice to the president is to hang back for the time being and “let market forces decide which innovations in online teaching and learning are best,” rather than leaping to subsidize a favorite. Read more.

Support the online learning revolution

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We live in a golden age of personal learning. If you have access to a computer, you have access to knowledge from thousands of universities around the world—big and small—from developed and developing countries. OpenCourseWare, open access journals, open text books, massive open online courses—the options for free and low cost online learning grow daily.

MIT OpenCourseWare helped to touch off this revolution in 2002, and OCW remains at the forefront of creating free and openly licensed educational resources for educators and learners worldwide. We now share materials from 2,180 MIT undergraduate and graduate courses drawn from all 33 of the Institute’s academic programs. We’ve developed innovative new resources like OCW Scholar courses and the Mechanical MOOC.

This year, we’ve been hard at work with MIT faculty to capture even more pedagogical information so we can share not just what we teach, but how we teach it. We hope this initiative, called OCW Educator, will make OCW an even more effective resource for supporting the millions of educators who bring our materials into their classrooms.

We continue to reach unprecedented numbers of people worldwide, more than 170 million at last count. Our site received 23 million visits in 2012 and we expect to receive at least 27 million visits by the end of this year. But we need your help to serve the growing numbers of people who come to our site.

Your donations provide the resources we need to publish new and updated courses, meet the increasing costs for global distribution of our content, and continue creating innovations like OCW Scholar and OCW Educator.

By supporting OCW, you support the online learning revolution and the tremendous benefits and opportunities created by free access to knowledge. If you can afford to contribute to OCW, then please donate today. Your donation, large or small, makes a difference.

The gift that keeps on giving

We’re thrilled to announce that we’ve finally gotten recurring donation functionality added to our donation page.  You now have the option of checking a recurring donation radio button as you make your gift:

Screen Shot 2013-07-24 at 2.44.49 PMAnd here’s the best part.  If you are a newsletter subscriber and you sign up for a recurring donation, you’ll still receive our monthly newsletter as always, but you’ll be taken off the list of subscribers who receive our donation campaign mailings.  You be supporting OCW and keeping your e-mail inbox tidy at the same time.

Thanks again to everyone who continues to support our efforts to share MIT course materials with the world!

LiNC 13 pre-confernece workshop

One of the kickoff events for LiNC 2013 held yesterday was a workshop panel including Juliana Meehan, a middle school educator who, while interning with Eric Sheninger, principal of New Milford High School in New Jersey, created a program whereby Eric’s high school seniors could use MIT OpenCourseWare to create independent learning experiences, demonstrate their learning to peers and faculty, and earn high school credit;  Nicole Allen, the Student Public Interest Research Group’s Textbook Advocate and director of the Make Textbooks Affordable project; and Philipp Schmidt, the Executive Director of Peer 2 Peer University, a non-profit organization that leverages open educational resources to organize learning outside of institutional walls and give learners recognition for their achievements.  The session was moderated by Steve Carson, MIT OpenCourseWare’s Director of Communications and External Relations.

Steve Carson, Nicole Allen, and Juliana Meehan (Photo: Philipp Schmidt)

Steve Carson, Nicole Allen, and Juliana Meehan (Photo: Philipp Schmidt)

The workshop was attended by around 50 LiNC attendees and featured a wide ranging two hour discussion that touched on accreditation, open licensing, the digital divide, sustainability and pedagogies for open and online learning.  Thanks from MIT OpenCourseWare to the panelists and a special thanks to the attendees for asking such insightful and interesting questions.