Open Learning leads MIT’s commitment to reimagine education in a changing world and equip learners and educators with the skills and knowledge to create a better future. As we reflect on this year, we are excited and humbled to share our vision for how we believe Open Learning’s work is empowering learners around the world. We are creating new learning opportunities and uncovering new horizons in teaching with emerging technologies and research. We're also designing resources and models that can be localized and applied to different educational environments worldwide.

We especially thank our donors for sharing and supporting our commitment to reinvent education for learners here at MIT and around the world.


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Educational technology is a powerful tool in creating life-changing teaching and learning experiences. Building on MIT’s leadership as a research institution, research plays an important role in informing how we design and apply educational technologies and resources to best support learning and increase learning effectiveness. We are just beginning to uncover the capabilities of virtuality technologies like virtual and augmented reality, developing adaptive physical tools through computation visualization, and using electroencephalography to understand the educational, social, and cognitive impacts of different interventions in and outside the classroom. We are also developing emerging technologies and non-digital tools to better understand, design, and adopt innovative approaches to assessments and learning effectiveness that will prepare individuals to participate in 21st century economies and societies.


Building upon the strengths and opportunities unlocked by open education, MIT Open Learning continues to expand and construct new educational pathways for seasoned and young learners alike. From open educational resources and online courses with the option for certification, to immersive experiences that blend online and in-person learning, we are diligently making our learning offerings as accessible as possible to bridge learners wherever they are with the opportunity to learn through MIT. With an eye to how these new online and flexible learning pathways are shifting the future of education and credentialing, MIT this year joined 8 other institutions to create a shared global infrastructure for digital academic credentials. Such an infrastructure will allow learners to maintain a compelling and verifiable digital record of their own lifelong learning achievements, and reinvent the tradition of academic transcripts to include new forms of educational certificates and credentials.

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Tackling the world’s greatest challenges requires a collaborative effort. The Abdul Latif Jameel World Education Lab (J-WEL) engages educators, technologists, policymakers, societal leaders, employers, and employees through online and in-person collaborations, workshops, research, and information-sharing events that leverage MIT’s educational innovations, research, and practice. A membership- based organization, J-WEL members work with MIT faculty and staff to address global opportunities for scalable, high-impact change in education through collaboratives at the pK-12, higher education, and workforce learning levels. Now in its third year, J-WEL is already contributing to Open Learning’s mission to transform teaching and learning around the world.

Word cloud of staff interests and expertise


MIT Open Learning is comprised of more than 150 passionate and dedicated staff. This word cloud reveals the breadth ​of expertise and interests from our leaders, technologists, researchers, and innovators.


JUNE 2019



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A road paved with open learning

After graduating from college in India, Samip Jain spent three years of evenings learning online, taking courses on web development, data analysis, music theory — anything that sated his appetite to learn ... all while working full-time as a software developer for a health care startup.

“Every night, I would learn something new,” he says. “I never want to stop learning and thinking beyond my limits.” Read the complete article.

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MAY 2019


Improving accessibility in MOOCs

"...Accessibility considers how each learner navigates and participates in digital learning environments. For example, a deaf learner engages with video by reading the captions rather than listening to the audio.  “When we build elements like captions, image description, and various forms of learning into our course curriculum, she says, “we set up our courses to meet many learners’ needs.” Read the complete article.


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2019 Residential infographic


APRIL 2019


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Preparing high schoolers for a tech-driven future

In the advent of artificial intelligence, robots, and automation, today’s K-12 educators around the world are asking the question: “What skills do our students need to be ready for the future?”

The “Freshman Technology Experience” — a recent two-day event at Cambridge Rindge and Latin School (CRLS) in Cambridge, Massachusetts — brought MIT researchers into the classroom to explore just that. Read the complete article.

MARCH 2019

Transforming the U.S. Naval Air Systems Command, with thanks to MIT

“Some of our partners, especially Boeing, were already involved with the MIT coursework and they recommended it,” says Guerrero. It had also become a command initiative at NAVAIR to push a fast transformation program. “So we had the command initiative and the resources to go out and train as many people as possible,” he says. Read the complete article.


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Staff picture of Kakuma Refugee Camp

Learning Opportunities from MIT Spark Growth, Empowerment

For the past eight years, Innocent Tshilombo has worked in humanitarian supply chain management, learning on the job at a refugee camp in Kakuma, Kenya.

Innocent’s interest in supply chain began in 2011, when he volunteered as a shopkeeper with the International Rescue Committee (IRC), a global NGO that provides health programming in the camp. Today, he serves as Operations Coordinator for the University of Geneva Refugee Management team — while also pursuing a MicroMasters credential from MIT. Read the complete article.


Global Online Ceremony Honors MIT Supply Chain Management MicroMasters Credential Earners

Dr. Chris Caplice discussed the history of the program, which started as a simple discussion between himself and MIT President Rafael Reif in 2015. The initial plan, he explained, was to put a selection of SCM lectures and course materials online for remote learners. Since then, more than a quarter of a million learners have enrolled in at least one of the MicroMasters SCx MOOCs, and MITx has issued a total of more than 23,000 SCx certificates to 8,999 unique learners. Read the complete article.


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J-WEL and Save the Children come together to tackle refugee education crisis in the Middle East

The Abdul Latif Jameel World Education Lab (J-WEL), co-founded in 2017 by Community Jameel, a social enterprise organization, and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) recently announced a major initiative tackling strained education systems across the Middle East due to the Syria conflict. J-WEL has been working with Save the Children’s global education team in understanding the areas of need to propose the joint program that will strengthen the capacity of teachers. Read the complete article.



Bridging the gap between research and the classroom

In a moment more reminiscent of a Comic-Con event than a typical MIT symposium, Shawn Robinson, senior research associate at the University of Wisconsin at Madison, helped kick off the first-ever MIT Science of Reading event dressed in full superhero attire as Doctor Dyslexia Dude — the star of a graphic novel series he co-created to engage and encourage young readers, rooted in his own experiences as a student with dyslexia. Read the complete article.


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CoLAB to build data science capacity in Uruguay through MIT J-WEL membership

"...CoLAB — an alliance of Uruguayan educational organizations— launched a new program to build data science capacity in Latin America that was developed through membership in the Abdul Latif Jameel World Education Lab (J-WEL) at MIT." Read the complete article.



“This act of generosity is the very essence of how humans should share their knowledge and pass on the stuff that they have learned to people without expecting compensation. MIT OpenCourseWare has literally saved my academic career and saved my life.”
-Tannaz, College Student, United States

OCW shares a book of inspirational feedback from OCW learners.


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MIT’s MicroMasters Program Recognized by Pioneer Institute’s Better Government Competition

MIT was one of four special recognition awardees at the Pioneer Institute’s Better Government Competition Awards Gala on September 24th. The competition received over 80 entries this year from think tanks, universities, job training programs, nonprofits, and state government agencies across the nation. Read the complete article.


JULY 2018