Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) is a forerunner in the education field and one of the most valued educational institutions in the world. MIT is a private research university located in the state of Massachusetts, United States. MIT had been working with a strong emphasis on scientific, engineering, and technological education & research.
MIT OpenCourseWare (OCW) is a web based publication of virtually all MIT course content. OCW is open and available to the world and is a permanent activity of MIT. MIT OCW aims to make available all of the educational materials from its Graduate/Under Graduate level courses online, partly free and openly available to everyone.
“The idea is simple: to publish all of our course materials online and make them widely available to everyone,” says Dick K.P. Yue, Professor at MIT School of Engineering.
At present, OCW offers over 2150 courses online and has many translations to different languages. The MIT course materials are available in both text format and in audio/video format.The courses offered can be found under the Courses Tab in the main page.
The user group of OCW includes students, faculties and independent learners. While it helps the faculties to sharpen their skills and vary the knowledge, students gets chance to meet with latest trends in their field of study. The independent learners too, gets benefited by the service.
Course materials in OCW Scholar
The course materials for OCW Scholar program includes full set of Lecture Videos by well experienced Professors, detailed Course Notes for video sessions & readings in suggested textbooks and homework problems with solution keys for further understanding.
The course materials also includes further links to find supplementary online content, pages containing quiz and exam problems and help session Videos, in which teaching assistants will take the user through step by step exam problem solutions.
[advt]The OCW Scholar courses are designed for independent learners who is not so near to good resources. The courses offered in this section are more fuller than typical OCW courses. The course includes custom created content and materials from MIT classrooms, which are arranged in logical sequences and include videos and simulations.
The Scholar courses are offered under different departments and the categories include Biology, Brain and Cognitive Sciences, Chemistry, Economics, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, Mathematics and Physics.
The courses can be found on the basis of Topic, MIT Course Number and Department. The collections includes Audio/Video Lectures, New Courses, Most Visited Courses, OCW Scholar Courses and Supplemental Resources. The Cross-Disciplinary Topics includes Energy, Entrepreneurship, Environment, Life Sciences and Transportation.
The most sought courses of MIT OCW
In 1999, MIT Faculty started to consider about the usage of Internet in pursuit of MIT’s mission to advance knowledge and educate students. Thus in 2000, OCW was proposed.
OCW was announced in The New York Times in 2001. In 2002 they published the pilot version with 50 courses. Also Spanish and Portuguese translations added. In 2003, they published 500 courses. Also added Chinese translations.
OCW published 900 courses in 2004. OCW adopted Creative Commons license the same year. Also their first mirror site was established in Africa. During 2005, 1250 courses were published and began updating previously published courses. OpenCourseWare Consortium formed during the same period.
In 2006, 1550 courses were published and first meet of OCW Consortium was held at Kyoto. Thai translations were added to OCW. 1800 courses were published in 2007. Highlights for High School was also launched.
In 2008, OCW started adding audio and video content to YouTube and iTunes U. Also Course images were added regularly to Flickr. Persian translations were added to OCW. In 2009, 1950 courses were published through 225 mirror sites around the world.
2000 courses were published by 2010 and the Course Champions program was also launched. During 2011, the OCW Scholar courses which were designed for independent learners, was launched. OCW added LectureHall iPhone app.
In 2012, the number of published courses became 2150. Turkish course translations and Korean video translations were added to OCW.