The Office of Digital Learning (ODL) works to transform teaching and learning at MIT and around the globe through the innovative use of digital technologies. Specifically, ODL:

  • Supports MIT faculty and students in bold experiments in digital teaching and learning to enhance residential education
  • Facilitates research on how people learn and on new technologies that might improve understanding, retention, and application of knowledge
  • Provides platforms for technological advances in education
  • Partners with companies, universities, governments, and organizations that wish to develop new learning capabilities and enhance the competencies of their workforce, students, and citizens
  • Extends MIT’s knowledge and classroom to the world

To enable digital learning, MIT and Harvard launched edX in 2012, a not-for-profit platform that allows universities to leverage learning technologies. For teaching on campus, MIT uses a residential MITx platform. To reach students globally, MIT offers massive open online courses (MOOCs) on the edX platform.

On campus, more than 90 MIT instructors have taught over 120 courses using the residential platform. As of spring 2015, 83 percent of MIT undergraduates had used the residential MITx system for a substantial portion of their coursework.

Globally, as of summer 2015, ODL had launched 130 MITx courses on edX, with more than 1.5 million participants from over 200 countries earning nearly 100,000 course certificates. In 2014–2015, MIT launched 50 MITx courses. More than 100 faculty from 19 departments have participated in offering MITx MOOCs on edX.

To further serve global learners, MIT’s OpenCourseWare (OCW) offers free, open, publically accessible web-based materials from more than 2,250 MIT courses, including 97 full video courses. MIT’s OCW site logged an average of 2.2 million visitors per month in 2014–2015. In addition, OCW offers Highlights for High School to better serve high school constituencies, and OCW Educator, aimed at helping educators understand more about how courses are taught at MIT.