Since our founding in 2001, MIT OpenCourseWare has been guided by a revolutionary mission to openly share educational resources from MIT with the world. The site presents the core academic content — including lecture notes, syllabi, assignments, and exams — from nearly all of MIT's undergraduate and graduate curriculum. All content is offered freely and openly to support formal and informal learning around the world, whenever learners need them. Many of the site's 2,550+ courses also include rich media resources such as video lectures and faculty podcasts, and inspiring examples of student work.
OCW has inspired a worldwide movement that now includes hundreds of universities sharing materials from more than ten thousand courses and has touched the lives of millions. Just as OCW would not be possible without the generosity of the MIT faculty sharing their course materials and methods, OCW would not be possible without the support of thousands of individuals who donate each year. Your gift ensures we can keep OCW growing with new courses and more of the rich resources — from video to podcasts — that make a difference for so many worldwide. Support OCW with a gift today.
MIT is committed to openly sharing course material on OpenCourseWare, free of charge. While OCW is free for anyone to access and use, it is not without cost to maintain and publish MIT course content on our site. Support from the Institute provides about half of OCW’s budget, and the remainder is provided by the generosity of donors like you, who donate to OCW with a median gift of $25. Gifts directly help OCW distribute, collect, digitize, and address copyright issues in faculty materials before they can be published.
As we invest in new ways of reaching learners through video, social media, and podcasting, and work to develop a more modern OCW platform to better meet learners’ needs, donations to OCW will be more important than ever in ensuring the sustainability of our work. Gifts also enable OCW to provide local copies of the OCW site to participating schools, universities, and organizations in bandwidth-constrained regions.
Above all, your gift to OCW demonstrates a commitment to knowledge as a universal public good.
Each course we publish requires an average of 100 hours of effort to produce, and OCW typically publishes materials from 60 courses on our site each year. In addition to MIT faculty, behind OCW is a dedicated team of about 20 publication specialists, intellectual property managers, web and technical production managers, video editors, and administrators who work directly with faculty to collect and compile course materials, ensure proper licensing for open sharing, format materials for our site, and manage OCW’s communications, outreach, and operations. OCW sustains a considerable technical infrastructure to manage content and distribute it through a worldwide network to our global audience. Supporting rich media, such as our very popular video content, can be especially costly.
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Your donations are vital to OCW, but financial support isn't the only way you can contribute to our work:
We welcome you to demonstrate your company's commitment to unlocking knowledge by providing major support for OCW. Through our Flagship and Leadership sponsor programs, your company will be acknowledged on our home page or main course list page as an organization committed to improving education around the world.
You will be providing visible support for a program that serves millions of visitors a month and has been recognized on the front page of The New York Times and Washington Post, in magazines such as US News & World Report and Forbes, and in thousands of other media outlets worldwide. Major sponsorship opportunities begin at $100,000 USD.
For more information on OCW corporate sponsorship opportunities, please contact Yvonne Ng, Annual Giving Manager, yng [at] mit.edu.
No one better captures the impact OCW has on the world than the thousands of learners who use OCW each day, a vibrant community of university and high school students, educators, and independent and lifelong learners from all over the world. To hear their stories, we invite you to read a compilation of some of the inspirational feedback we've received over the years.
To learn more about MIT OpenCourseWare's impact, read the latest report.