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The Office of Digital Learning (ODL) is transforming teaching and learning at MIT and worldwide through the innovative use of digital technologies. ODL supports the entire MIT community in creating and leveraging digital technologies and instructional content, and enabling unprecedented insights into the science of learning. ODL is also building strategic alliances and programs in corporate training, executive education, and educational partnerships, and actively supports digital learning research across MIT.

ODL empowers faculty to reengineer the classroom experience with online and blended learning models that engage students at a deeper level. From fall 2012 through spring 2014, 90 instructors and 65 percent of MIT undergraduates used the MITx Residential platform, and more than 2,500 MIT students used the edX platform in over 60 courses.

Beyond MIT, ODL provides educational opportunities to learners through OpenCourseWare (OCW) and MITx on edX.

OCW makes core academic materials freely available online under an open license. As of November 2014, there were 2,251 active OCW courses, including 77 full video courses, 349 mirror sites, and 1,018 translated courses. Of these, 1,074 are undergraduate level, 189 are both undergraduate and graduate level, and 988 are graduate level. Sixty-six percent of MIT's tenure-track faculty are participating in OCW. OCW materials have been accessed by approximately 170 million people worldwide since it published its first course in September 2002.

In contrast with OCW, which is self-paced, MITx courses run on a specific schedule. Since 2012, over 1.3 million learners from 190 countries have enrolled in over 34 MITx courses on edX. In the 2013–2014 academic year, MIT launched 27 new MITx courses, and edX awarded 29,601 certificates to students who signed up for verified certificates and successfully completed MITx courses.