MIT Open Learning works to transform teaching and learning at MIT and around the globe through the innovative use of digital technologies by:

  • Supporting MIT faculty and students in bold experiments in digital teaching and learning to enhance residential education
  • Promoting and enabling quantitative, rigorous, interdisciplinary research on teaching and learning
  • Providing platforms for technological advances in education
  • Sharing research and best practices by convening and partnering with teachers, schools, universities, companies, governments, and nongovernment organizations
  • Extending MIT’s knowledge and classroom to the world

Rapidly evolving technologies are revolutionizing education. On campus, MIT Open Learning partners with MIT instructors to facilitate and advance use of digital technologies for MIT students. More than 90 MIT instructors have taught over 120 courses using the residential platform, reaching over 95% of MIT undergraduates. Additionally, in 2017 MIT piloted a full-credit online residential course, helping to accommodate students who were studying abroad.

MIT Open Learning offers an array of programs and services.

  • Digital Learning Lab is a joint program with MIT’s academic departments that is the engine behind much of MIT’s learning innovation. Digital Learning scientists and fellows within the lab advance learning strategies and initiatives across campus.
  • MITx courses on edX are massive open online courses (MOOCs) that extend MIT’s learning to the world. As of summer 2017, more than 2.7 million unique learners from over 200 countries earned over 160,000 course certificates.
  • MicroMasters is a professional and academic credential for online learners. Learners who pass a set of MITx graduate-level courses and exams earn a MicroMasters credential, and can apply for an accelerated, on-campus, master’s degree program at MIT and other top universities.
  • MIT xPro provides professional development opportunities to a global audience via online courses and programs.
  • MIT Bootcamps are intense new ventures leadership programs that challenge participants to develop a sustainable new venture in a week. Innovators come from around the world to learn from MIT faculty and MIT-trained mentors.
  • OpenCourseWare (OCW) offers free, open, publicly accessible web-based materials from more than 2,400 MIT courses, including more than 100 full video courses. MIT’s OCW site logged an average of 2.3 million visitors per month in 2016–2017.
  • MIT Integrated Learning Initiative (MITili) is a rigorous, interdisciplinary research program to further our understanding of learning and education.
  • Abdul Latif Jameel World Education Lab (J-WEL) was launched in May 2017 by MIT and Community Jameel, and will convene a global community of collaborators for sustainable, high-impact transformation in education.