Spring 2019 Update from the Dean | Summary and Q&A

May 8, 2019
MIT OpenCourseWare
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Spring 2019 Update from the Dean


MIT's OpenCourseWare (OCW) has over 2,450 courses and has been visited by over 300 million learners worldwide. The platform aims to make education accessible to all and is constantly evolving to meet the changing needs of learners.

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Key Insights

  • ❓ OCW has become a vital educational resource, offering a vast array of courses and materials for learners worldwide.
  • ❓ MIT faculty appreciate the opportunity to share their knowledge with a broader audience through OCW.
  • 🥺 OCW's successful YouTube channel has led to increased engagement with its website, benefiting both new learners and the existing community.
  • 👻 Social media platforms like Facebook and Twitter allow OCW to reach additional learners and generate interest in their content.
  • 👤 OCW aims to continue improving and evolving its platform to enhance the user experience and accessibility of its resources.
  • 🪡 MIT's commitment to innovative teaching methods and evolving curricula drives the need for continuous updates and improvements to OCW.
  • 🤗 The mission of OCW remains steadfast: providing open and free access to MIT course materials to support global learning communities.


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Questions & Answers

Q: How many courses does OCW offer, and how many learners have accessed its resources?

OCW offers over 2,450 courses, and more than 300 million learners from around the world have used its resources.

Q: How does OCW benefit MIT faculty?

MIT faculty are thrilled that their courses on OCW reach a wider audience, with many thousands of learners benefiting from their materials every year.

Q: How do educators use OCW to support their own teaching?

Educators worldwide utilize OCW's course materials, combining them with their perspectives and experiences to shape the education of their students.

Q: What impact has OCW's YouTube channel had on its reach?

OCW's YouTube channel, the number one dot edu channel, has attracted millions of new learners who then discover the extensive educational resources on the OCW website.

Summary & Key Takeaways

  • OCW offers over 2,450 courses that have been accessed by over 300 million learners around the world.

  • MIT faculty are humbled by the impact of OCW, as their courses reach thousands of learners annually.

  • Educators worldwide use OCW to enhance their own teaching materials and support their students' education.

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