Director Letter

Dear Friend of OCW,

MIT OpenCourseWare offers an unprecedented view into a universe of subjects across an entire university curriculum. From the sciences to humanities, from architecture to ten different disciplines of engineering, you can tap into any of 2,260 courses and gain an understanding of these subjects and how they are taught at MIT.

Meeting the needs of educators

Educators the world over play a critical role in the learning process of every student. They inspire, guide, and encourage students to think and learn critically and creatively. But educators themselves don’t always have the opportunity to see how others teach or to stay abreast of innovations in pedagogy.

Now, through OCW Educator, teachers and learners can easily and freely access pedagogical insights from MIT faculty. Through the Instructor Insights section of our This Course at MIT pages, educators can go behind the scenes with MIT faculty and get an in-depth view of how they approach teaching, use active learning strategies, incorporate digital tools, and teach communication skills. These pages also provide other key information about how a course is taught at MIT, including learning outcomes, prerequisites, assessment types, and how student time is spent.

OCW Roundtable Form ScreenshotNow, through OCW Educator, teachers and learners can easily and freely access pedagogical insights from MIT faculty. Through the Instructor Insights section of our This Course at MIT pages, educators can go behind the scenes with MIT faculty and get an in-depth view of how they approach teaching, use active learning strategies, incorporate digital tools, and teach communication skills. These pages also provide other key information about how a course is taught at MIT, including learning outcomes, prerequisites, assessment types, and how student time is spent. 

Building an online community of educators

We are developing a program to facilitate connections among educators around the world by hosting and moderating online roundtables for small groups of instructors. We use a spotlighted This Course at MIT page to spark the conversation about teaching challenges, successes, and strategies for improvement.

We held our first roundtable last week, and the feedback from participants has been very positive. We plan to host more online roundtables and hope you can help us get the word out. If you are interested, why not fill out our online form so we can set up an appropriate roundtable for you?

Supporting and sustaining free education

OCW is here to serve our audience of independent learners, students, and educators. To date, we have published 2,260 courses and updated about 800 courses. We offer full video lectures for 80 courses, and we make our content available locally on mirror drives to about 350 organizations in developing areas of the world that have limited Internet connectivity.

We are grateful for MIT’s commitment to our project and to individuals and organizations that support OCW. As we continue to make learning freely available, we hope you’ll participate in helping to keep OCW going and growing. Helping is easy. You can:

 

We will be launching our spring fundraising drive next month. Please consider a donation to OCW. We would love to count you among our supporters!

Sincerely,
Cecilia d'Oliveira
Executive Director
MIT OpenCourseWare