MIT OpenCourseware (OCW)
A free educational avenue such as this has the capacity to reach a variety of people, including educators seeking improved teaching methodologies, students seeking classes not available at their own universities, and independent learners finding ways to broaden their scope of learning. Using OCW’s Course Finder can help interested parties locate courses by topic, sub-topic, and area of specialty. For instance, if one selects the topic of Teaching and Education, the sub-topics that display are as follows:
• Curriculum and Teaching
• Education Policy
• Education Measurement and Evaluation
• Education Technology
• Higher Education
• Instructional Media Design
• Professional Development
• Psychology and Research
Depending on the area of teaching and education in which you are interested, you can also filter the search results to the following delivery methods: video and audio lectures, student work, lecture notes, assessments, online textbooks, and interactive simulations. Furthermore, many of the courses have been translated to Traditional Chinese, Simplified Chinese, Spanish, Portuguese, Thai, Persian, Turkish, and Korean.
MIT OCW provides a global educational resource touching millions of people, and it would not have been possible without the help of hundreds of donors who have made this free educational system possible. The total annual cost to run MIT OCW is roughly $3.5 million, the money being spent to support faculty working to compile course materials and format for global distribution. Additionally, MIT OCW provides course content via rich media resources such as video lectures, animations, and simulations, all sustained through a complex technical infrastructure distributing courses worldwide.
For those interested in donating to MIT OCW and helping to provide the opportunity for others to gain valuable knowledge, please visit the MIT OpenCourseware at http://ocw.mit.edu/index.htm.
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