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Our History

MIT OpenCourseWare is an idea - and an ideal - developed by the MIT faculty who share the Institute's mission to advance knowledge and educate students in science, technology, and other areas of scholarship to best serve the world. In 1999, the Faculty considered how to use the Internet in pursuit of this goal, and in 2000 proposed OCW. MIT published the first proof-of-concept site in 2002, containing 50 courses. By November 2007, MIT completed the initial publication of virtually the entire curriculum, over 1,800 courses in 33 academic disciplines. Going forward, the OCW team is updating existing courses and adding new content and services to the site.

View video of the MIT OpenCourseWare Milestone Celebration held on November 28, 2007, marking the completion of the initial publication



2001

  OCW announced in The New York Times.

2002

50
Courses

Pilot version goes live with 50 courses.
Spanish and Portuguese translations added.

2003

500

Official launch in October 2003.
Chinese translations added.

2004

900

OCW adopts Creative Commons license.
Other institutions work with MIT to create their own OCWs.
First mirror site established in Africa.

2005

1250

OCW begins updating previously published courses.
OCW wins over a dozen major awards.
OpenCourseWare Consortium  formed.

2006

1550

OCW Consortium meets in Kyoto, portal launched.
OCW Secondary Education concept developed.
Thai translations added.

2007

1800

OCW Web site traffic sets new monthly record: Over 2 million visits.
Publication of virtually all MIT courses completed.
Highlights for High School launched.

2008

  200 new and updated courses per year.