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OCW Educator

Sharing teaching approaches and materials from MIT
with educators everywhere, for free.

Prof. Jagoutz leads a discussion near a stream. (Image courtesy of Taylor Perron and used with permission.) 


OCW Educator is an MIT faculty-inspired initiative to enhance the value of OCW materials for educators at the Institute and around the world. Search across the MIT curriculum to find teaching materials to use with your own students. Explore faculty insights about instructional approaches. Go behind the scenes to learn how MIT courses are taught on campus.


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Improve. Incorporate. Inform.

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.

—Educator, International

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


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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 MerriĆ«nboer. "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 MerriĆ«nboer, Jeroen J.G. and Paul A. Kirschner. Ten Steps to Complex Learning: A Systematic Approach to Four-Component Instructional Design. Routledge, 2012. ISBN: 9780415807968.