OCW is accessed by a broadly international population of educators and learners.
MIT OpenCourseWare averages 1 million visits each month; translations receive 500,000 more.
Visitors from all over the world use OpenCourseWare:
Our audience is divided among students, educators, and self-learners:
MIT OpenCourseWare is being successfully used for a wide range of purposes.
|Use Scenario ||% of Use |
|Educators ||Improve personal knowledge ||31% |
|Learn new teaching methods ||23% |
|Incorporate OCW materials into a course ||20% |
|Find reference material for my students ||15% |
|Develop curriculum for my department or school ||8% |
|Students ||Enhance personal knowledge ||46% |
|Complement a current course ||34% |
|Plan a course of study ||16% |
|Explore areas outside my professional field ||40% |
|Review basic concepts in my professional field ||18% |
|Prepare for future course of study ||18% |
|Keep current with developments in my field ||17% |
|Complete a work-related project or task ||4% |
MIT OpenCourseWare has already had significant impact and visitors expect even greater impact in the future.
- 80% of visitors rate OCW's impact as extremely positive or positive; 91% expect that level of future impact.
- 96% of educators say the site has/will help improve courses.
- 96% of visitors would recommend the site.
Learn more about MIT OpenCourseWare's impact
2011 Report summary (PDF)
2009 Report summary (PDF)
2005 Report summary (PDF)
Full Evaluation Report (PDF - 15MB)
Learn more about MIT OpenCourseWare's monthly statistics on publication, web traffic, and feedback.
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