Open Learning

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 digital teaching and learning experiments to enhance residential education.
  • Promoting and enabling quantitative, rigorous, and 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, and organizations.
  • Extending MIT’s knowledge and classroom to the world.

MIT Open Learning also offers an array of programs and services.

  • Residential MITx facilitates on-campus online teaching and learning in MIT courses. More than 99% of MIT undergraduates have used the MITx residential platform for their coursework.
  • MITx courses on edX extend MIT learning to the world through courses developed and taught by MIT instructors. More than 4.1 million unique learners from over 200 countries earned more than 236,000 MITx course certificates on edX.
  • OpenCourseWare offers free, open, publicly accessible web-based materials from more than 2,550 MIT courses.
  • MITx MicroMasters programs provide an affordable, accelerated, and convenient path to a master’s degree. Learners who pass a set of MITx graduate-level courses and exams earn a MicroMasters credential and can apply to an accelerated, on-campus master’s degree program.
  • MIT xPRO provides professional development opportunities to a global audience via online courses and programs.
  • MIT Horizon offers bite-sized articles, videos, and podcasts for workforce learning on emerging technologies.
  • MIT Bootcamps offers intensive week-long programs that challenge participants to develop a sustainable new venture. Innovators come from around the world to learn from MIT faculty and MIT-trained mentors.
  • MIT Integrated Learning Initiative furthers our understanding of learning and education through rigorous, interdisciplinary research.
  • Through the Abdul Latif Jameel World Education Lab, MIT Open Learning leads a consortium of 30 members to promote excellence and transformation in education worldwide.
  • Digital Learning Lab scientists and fellows advance learning strategies and initiatives across campus.
  • The MIT Playful Journey Lab designs and investigates new ways to prepare schools and teachers to thrive in a rapidly changing world.
  • MIT ReACT (Refugee Action Hub) designs and deploys new learning opportunities for displaced populations around the world.
  • The MIT pK-12 Action Group takes MIT’s learning approach beyond campus to pre-kindergarten through grade 12 learners and teachers around the world, building upon existing efforts and developing new ones.
  • The MIT Center for Advanced Virtuality pioneers innovative experiences using technologies of virtuality (e.g., extended reality, video games, and social media) and investigates the impacts of these technologies on learning, simulation, and cognition as well as their social and ethical implications.

MIT Open Learning also leads a group of nine universities in building an infrastructure for digital academic credentials that can support the education systems of the future.