OCW Educator

Eric Klopfer, Haynes Miller, and Karen Willcox. “OCW Educator: Sharing the “How” as well as the “What” of MIT Education.” MIT Faculty Newsletter, May/June 2014.

“What really goes on behind the scenes in designing a course at MIT? ... What do MIT faculty say about what worked and what didn’t?”


OCW Educator is an initiative to share insights on questions like these, to enhance the value of OCW for educators. This page highlights resources developed for OCW Educator, plus other related MIT education and teaching resources.

This Course at MIT

A sample of a This Course at MIT page.This Course at MIT is a course page that shares information about how a given course was taught at MIT—what the logistics of the course were and how the course materials published on the OCW site were originally used on campus. We hope that such information will help you better understand and use the course materials.

The page typically has multiple sections, including Course Outcomes, Curriculum Information, The Classroom, Assessment, Student Information, How Student Time Was Spent, Instructor Insights, and Course Team Roles.

Some of these pages feature extensive commentary from MIT instructors on their experiences, ideas, and approaches as educators. These pages include:


We hope the Instructor Insights section will contribute to educators’ reflections on their own practice and discussions on pedagogical issues.


"For Educators" Course Publications Emphasizing Pedagogy

Two students working on a white board.Certain courses taught at MIT do not lend themselves very well to traditional OCW publication. These are mainly experiential courses that offer students the opportunity to do research or create a project. Consequently, they may not have some of the basic components typically published on the OCW site, such as a syllabus and lecture notes.

OCW Educator has provided a way to represent these courses on the OCW site and give educators a chance to see how they work. These course publications contain extensive description and commentary on the course’s structure and pedagogy. With the aid of videos and photographs, they try to convey both the challenges of teaching such courses and the experience of taking them.

A premiere example is 18.821 Project Laboratory in Mathematics, a course that is designed to give students a sense of what it is like to do mathematical research.


Courses about Teaching and Education

Among OCW's many course publications, there is a rich and varied selection of courses about teaching and education. These range from courses about educational technology, to courses about education policy, to an undergraduate sequence that leads to teacher certification. These courses can be located via the OCW Course Finder under the topic Teaching and Education.

Some OCW courses include a short introduction video in which faculty summarize the objectives, salient features, and pedagogy for their course. We’ve collected a page of Pedagogy Highlights in Course Introduction Videos to feature those videos of particular interest to educators.


Using OCW Course Materials

A central goal of OCW is to provide a repository of MIT's core materials for classroom instruction, so that educators around the world can download, modify, and use these materials. We strongly encourage you to explore and use the course materials on OCW in your own teaching.


Related Resources

Resources about education at MIT:

Resources related to teaching at MIT: