People everywhere will benefit from transformative education built on a growing understanding of learning and the innovative approaches enabled by this research and evolving digital capabilities.

If you assume that there is an instinct for freedom, that there are opportunities to change things, then there is a possibility that you can contribute to making a better world."

— Noam Chomsky

MIT Open Learning:

Open Learning works closely with faculty, students and staff to further our understanding of teaching and learning; to innovate, study and scale digital technologies on the MIT campus and worldwide; and to share learning research globally.

Organizational units

Open Learning Departments and Teams

Meet our leadership team

Office of Digital Learning (ODL):

ODL holds the digital products and services that MIT Open Learning shares on campus and worldwide. These include:

Residential Education partners with MIT instructors to facilitate and progress use of digital technologies for our residential students.  We connect faculty who are pioneering new learning technologies, to facilitate information sharing. We provide information and resources for faculty who wish to understand and utilize possibilities that new technology presents. We encourage and enable research on pedagogies, tools and outcomes using digital learning.

See what we are doing on the MIT campus.
If you are an MIT faculty member interested in learning about working with us, please visit For MIT Faculty.

Digital Learning Lab is a joint program between MIT Open Learning and MIT’s academic departments with a mission to learn, collaborate, and innovate with digital learning on campus and beyond. The DLL is composed of Digital Learning Scientists and Digital Learning Fellows who play a critical role in advancing digital learning initiatives across MIT — specifically with MIT Faculty and Departments.

MITx on edX supports faculty as they create open online courses (MOOCs). MITx offers a vast array of courses for learners to access for free, or - for a small fee - to earn a verified ID.

OpenCourseWare (OCW) began as a bold experiment for sharing knowledge and increasing opportunity. Faculty provide the OCW team with course materials and pedagogical insights, then we publish them online, under an open license, for access by learners and educators around the world. Currently, materials are available from over 2,200 courses. OCW materials have been accessed by over 175 million people worldwide, and over 65% of MIT faculty publish on OCW.

MicroMasters is a professional and academic credential for online learners from anywhere in the world.  Learners who pass an integrated set of MITx graduate-level courses and one or more proctored exams will earn a MicroMasters credential, and can then apply for an accelerated, on-campus, master’s degree program at MIT and other top universities.

MIT Bootcamps are intense week-long new ventures leadership programs that challenge participants to develop a sustainable new venture in a week. Innovators come from around the world to learn from MIT faculty and MIT-trained mentors.   Shorter than Bootcamps, MIT Treks are immersive learning experiences that bring innovators to unique locations around the world, and combine exploration, networking and discovery.

MIT xPRO provides professional development opportunities to a global audience via online courses and programs. The goal is to help accelerate the pace of innovation through courses that solve industry problems. 

MIT Integrated Learning Initiative (MITili):

MITili is a rigorous, interdisciplinary research program to further our understanding of learning and education, and – using this knowledge – to enable students at MIT and learners worldwide to reach their fullest potential.  MITili’s research fields include neuroscience, cognitive psychology, economics, and public policy.  Research leverages new data sources such as brain scans and big data from massive open online courses (MOOCs).

Jameel World Education Lab (J-WEL):

J-WEL's goal is to spark a global renaissance in education for all learners. Launched in May 2017 by MIT and Community Jameel, J-WEL is an incubator for change in education at MIT and around the world. Our approach is to bring together educators, technologists, policy makers, and societal leaders to address global challenges in education.  Associated with J-WEL is J-WEL Research and Projects, which conducts faculty-led research sponsored by J-WEL members.

Jameel World Education Lab Research and Projects (J-WRAP)

J-WRAP conducts sponsored research and projects of a strategic nature. This includes sponsored projects for J-WEL comprehensive members.   It also includes the Teaching Systems Lab (TSL) which houses the Woodrow Wilson Academy and other teacher education projects.

Supporting Units:

There are a number of supporting units, which provide services throughout MIT Open Learning:

Engineering and Technical Operations provides sustainable and scalable technology solutions that create the highest impact on ODL's core mission. Our technology services, including MITx, scale, using automation, to benefit students and faculty at MIT and beyond; providing modern infrastructure for digital learning apps; and extending edX with MIT-specific apps; and creating scalable tools and APIs that work within the MIT ecosystem.

MIT Video Production (MVP) provides video production services to support the creation of course materials and distance learning, as well as more broadly for academic programs, departments and Institute initiatives. If you are interested in having MVP produce a video for you, send a request.

Business Operations includes finance and accounting, human resources, marketing and communications, space, and general administration. We provide support for the rest of ODL, in defining and implementing strategic, operational and organizational improvements and in facilitating ongoing operations. We also collaborate across the Institute to ensure that our work is in accordance with MIT best practices and policy and that it aligns with the Institute's broader purpose.