MITx is the Institute’s interactive learning initiative that offers online versions of MIT courses to learners around the world. It features video lesson segments, embedded quizzes, immediate feedback, online laboratories, and student-to-student communications. MITx operates on a free of cost, open-source, scalable software infrastructure in order to promote its continuous improvement as well as its adoption and adaptation by individuals as well as other educational institutions. Course materials are organized and presented in ways that enable students to learn at their own pace and that allow for the individual assessment of any student’s work. Students who demonstrate their mastery of subjects may earn a certificate of completion.
MITx is a part of edX, a partnership in online education between MIT and Harvard University. The Institute expects that the edX instructional platform will build a global community of online learners as well as enhance the learning experience of its resident students by offering online tools and methods that supplement and enrich the on-campus classroom and laboratory experience. MIT and Harvard will use the jointly operated edX platform to research how students learn and how technologies can facilitate effective teaching both on campus and online.
MIT OpenCourseWare (OCW), available at http://ocw.mit.edu/, is a large-scale, web-based publication of the educational materials from virtually all of the MIT faculty's courses. This unique initiative enables the open sharing of MIT teaching materials with educators, enrolled students, and self-learners around the world.
OCW provides open access to the core academic content—syllabi, lecture notes, course calendars, problem sets and solutions, exams, reading lists, and even a selection of video lectures—from MIT courses representing 33 academic disciplines and all five of MIT's schools. As of March 2013, the initiative includes materials from more than 2,150 courses, presenting virtually the entire curriculum of the Institute.
At MIT, OCW's impact has been felt across the campus. Students use resources such as problem sets and exams for study and practice. Some instructors refer students to OCW for part of their coursework, and a number of faculty members use OCW materials in their classroom teaching. Alumni access OCW materials to continue their lifelong learning.
Course materials contained on the OCW website may be freely used, copied, distributed, translated, and modified by anyone, anywhere in the world for noncommercial purposes. Truly a global initiative, OCW materials have been visited by more than 125 million individuals to date. Visitors have come to the site from more than 215 countries, territories, and city-states around the globe—including every member of the United Nations—and materials already have been translated into at least 10 different languages.
MIT has also been instrumental in establishing the OCW Consortium, which brings together practitioners from more than 250 institutions around the world.
For more information about MIT OpenCourseWare, contact
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