Get Started with OCW

“The idea is simple: to publish all of our course materials online and make them widely available to everyone.”
Dick K.P. Yue, Professor, MIT School of Engineering


Welcome to MIT OpenCourseWare!

Here are a few things to know about MIT OpenCourseWare (OCW) before you begin:

  • OCW makes the materials used in the teaching of almost all of MIT's subjects available online and free of charge.
  • No registration, no enrollment, and no grades or credits are offered.
  • We do not provide interaction or direct contact with MIT faculty, staff, or students.
  • There are no prerequisites to use OCW materials.
  • We encourage you to use, reuse, and mix our content so long as you follow our terms.
  • We hope you enjoy using OCW and share it with your friends, family, and colleagues.

Begin Your Educational Journey

There are more than 2,100 courses on OCW and you might want to begin your exploration in any of these ways:

Start Your Learning Adventure

Each OCW course offers some type of instruction which may include a syllabus, lecture notes, reading list, or calendar, and a learning activity such as assignments, quizzes, or exams.

The best places to begin are:

  • the syllabus, which explains the goals of the course, and prerequisite knowledge or course work; or
  • the calendar, which gives you an idea of the sequence of what is taught and studied.

Then it's up to you to decide what you'd like to learn. Whether you choose to study a course from beginning to end or just focus on a concept or two, we encourage you to study at your own pace since you won't receive any credit, certificate, or degree from OCW.

To see if there is a community of learners studying the same subject or topic, please visit You can pose questions and provide answers with anyone in the study group.

You might have questions about the overall sequence for courses within each discipline and what courses MIT requires for a complete program of study. You can find out by visiting the MIT curriculum guide. Please note, OCW provides this guide for informational purposes only. You cannot receive a degree, a certificate, or any kind of credit for your study of courses on OCW.

Find Teaching Aids to Supplement Your Curriculum

OCW offers numerous resources for you to use, adapt, and share with your students. Here are some helpful tips:

  • Use Advanced Search to find your subjects' assignments, recitations, exams, labs, study materials, or related resources. There are also several other types of resources you can choose.
  • Scan our simulations, applets and visualizations list for your students to modify or control experiments.
  • Flip your classroom to spend more in-class time on discussion or problem solving by having your students review audio and video lectures for homework.
  • Encourage your students to review concepts they should master in order to study your course.

If you still have questions about using OCW, feel free to click on any of the links on the right to help you troubleshoot.