Educators around the world use MIT OpenCourseWare for many reasons.
Improve personal knowledge
Use OCW to enhance your skills and understanding in your fields of expertise, and let your curiosity guide you into new subjects. Educators tell us that using OCW fuels their own motivation to learn. And when you’re learning, you are better able to inspire your students.
In addition to being a teacher, I am also working on a MS in Mathematics. I may decide to pursue a PhD. I am using OCW to refresh my undergraduate math [skills].
—Educator, United States
Incorporate OCW materials into your teaching
Because OCW is Creative Commons licensed, you can freely select and adapt OCW materials for your own teaching. Find new examples, explanations, and simulations to make concepts come to life. Enrich your students’ experience with OCW images, lecture slides, and videos. All these resources come straight from the classrooms of MIT’s leading researchers and teachers.
[I visited OCW] to find materials for teaching Electromagnetism in English.
Inform your instructional approaches
Through This Course at MIT pages, MIT faculty share their thinking, methods, and tips about the art and science of teaching with the global educator community. Discover new ways to motivate your students with active learning. Get students more deeply engaged in problem solving. Help your students learn to work in teams. Weave communication skills into STEM subjects. Refresh your approach to large-class lectures.
[I used OCW to] look for a good way to teach reactions to students in my survey of chemistry class (non science majors).
—Educator, United States
Some terms on this page have been used and adapted from multiple sources, including:
- ABL Connect
- Guidelines for Teaching @ MIT and Beyond
- Guidelines on Learning that Inform Teaching
- Chi, Michelene T.H. and Ruth Wylie. "The ICAP framework: Linking cognitive engagement to active learning outcomes." Educational Psychologist, 49(4): 219-243, 2014.
- Kirschner, Paul A. and Jeroen J. G. van Merriënboer. "Ten steps to complex learning: A new approach to instruction and instructional design." Chapter 26 in 21st Centruy Education: A Reference Handbook. Edited by T. L. Good. Sage, 2008. ISBN: 9781412950114.
- Merrill, M. David. "First principles of instruction." Educational Technology Research and Development, 50(3):43-59, 2002.
- van Merriënboer, Jeroen J.G. and Paul A. Kirschner. Ten Steps to Complex Learning: A Systematic Approach to Four-Component Instructional Design. Routledge, 2012. ISBN: 9780415807968.