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MITx and edX

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, Harvard, and other participating schools will use the jointly operated edX platform to research how students learn and how technologies can facilitate effective teaching both on campus and online.


For more than a decade, MIT OpenCourseWare (OCW) has made teaching materials used in MIT undergraduate and graduate courses available on the web, free of charge, to any user anywhere in the world. OCW is not a degree-granting or credit-bearing initiative, but a large-scale, web-based publication of MIT course materials. Educators are encouraged to use materials for curriculum development, and self-learners may draw on materials for self-study or supplementary use, including learning resources specially developed for high school students.

OCW continues to innovate its offerings by collaborating with OpenStudy, a platform that allows learners to connect and study with each other; publishing OCW Scholar courses designed for the independent learners who have few additional resources available to them; and producing ChemLab Boot Camp, a reality series that follows 14 students as they face the challenges of learning chemistry the MIT way.