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.

Access to knowledge and high-quality education can empower people to improve their lives, their communities, and the world. MIT Open Learning provides educational opportunities for learners across the globe and students on campus through an array of programs and services.

  • Residential Education supports MIT faculty and instructors with digital technologies to augment and transform how they teach and to make MIT education more effective and efficient.
  • Digital Learning Lab advances learning initiatives on campus and designs online learning opportunities for a global community of learners.
  • OpenCourseWare offers free, online, open educational resources from more than 2,500 MIT courses.
  • MITx extends MIT learning to the world through online courses developed and taught by MIT instructors. MITx has offered courses to more than 6.3 million learners from over 200 countries.
  • MITx MicroMasters programs offer credentials for professionals and an affordable, accelerated, and convenient path to a master’s degree.
  • The Open Learning Library is a collection of free, open resources used by 950,000 learners from 228 countries.
  • MIT xPRO provides professional development opportunities via online courses and programs.
  • MIT Horizon is comprised of a continuous learning library, events, and experiences designed to help organizations keep their workforces ahead of disruptive technologies.
  • MIT Bootcamps offers intensive in-person and online programs for aspiring and experienced entrepreneurs.
  • The Jameel World Education Lab aims to transform learning at scale by working with educational innovators around the globe and supporting transformational research efforts.
  • Emerging Talent offers academic and professional opportunities for underserved communities, including historically marginalized groups and displaced populations.
  • MIT pK-12 creates transformative learning experiences for youth and educators worldwide.
  • MIT Integrated Learning Initiative furthers our understanding of learning and education through rigorous, interdisciplinary research.
  • The MIT Center for Advanced Virtuality pioneers innovative experiences using technologies of virtuality and investigates the impacts of these technologies on learning, simulation, and cognition, as well as their social and ethical implications.
  • Responsible AI for Social Empowerment and Education (RAISE), a collaboration between Open Learning, the Media Lab, and the Schwarzman College of Computing, is a new MIT initiative to innovate learning in the era of artificial intelligence.

MIT Open Learning also hosts the Digital Credentials Consortium, a group of higher education institutions in North America and Europe that is building an infrastructure and tools for verifiable digital academic credentials to support the education systems of the future.