OCW launches our Spring Fundraising Campaign today. Here’s why you should support it.
Dear Friend of 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.
p.s. Make your donation can count event more with a matching gift from your company. To find out whether your company has a matching gift policy, please enter your employer’s name in the MIT matching gifts page.
It’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.
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.
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:
And 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!
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)
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.