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 Education 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. Residential Education also supports Canvas and other learning management systems on campus.
  • MITx courses 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 have earned more than 236,000 MITx course certificates on edX. As of November 2021, MIT faculty can put their MITx courses on edX or on MITx Online.
  • 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 at MIT or at one of dozens of pathway universities around the world.
  • 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.
  • The Abdul Latif Jameel World Education Lab leads a consortium of approximately 30 members to promote excellence and transformation in education worldwide.
  • Digital Learning Lab scientists and fellows advance learning strategies and initiatives across campus.
  • 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.
  • 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 leads the Digital Credentials Consortium, a group of nine universities building an infrastructure for digital academic credentials that can support the education systems of the future.