MIT provides a wealth of free online courses and open educational resources for higher education learners and instructors. This page features highlights from:
MITx on edX: complete courses with options to earn certificates
MIT OpenCourseware: open licensed materials from 1000s of MIT courses
OCW Educator: find teaching materials, insights and inspirations from MIT faculty
MIT Open Learning Library: a collection of self-paced courses from MITx and OCW
First Year STEM Courses
These online courses from MITx, and course materials from OCW, correspond to the biology, calculus, chemistry, computer science, and physics classes taken by many first year students at MIT.
Enhancing Online Teaching
Use these video demonstrations and teaching inspirations to enrich courses that have moved from in-person to online.
Physics Demonstation Videos
This extensive collection of physics demonstration videos, produced over decades by the Technical Services Group of MIT’s Department of Physics, displays subtle concepts ranging from electromagnetism, to kinematics, to optics.
Chalk Radio is an MIT OpenCourseWare podcast about inspired teaching at MIT. Go behind the scenes of some of the most interesting courses on campus to talk with the professors who make those courses possible.
Learn Programming and Computational Thinking
Start with 6.0001 Introduction to Computer Science and Programming Using Python. It’s been used successfully by millions of learners around the world little or no prior exposure to computer science and programming. Get it on MITx on edX beginning June 3, 2020. Or get started now with complete course materials on OCW.
Understanding the Pandemic
Start with these introductory biology courses, from human health and disease to loss of biodiversity and environmental quality.
Continue building your knowledge with these more advanced undergraduate biology courses.
The first in a 3-course sequence on modern molecular genetics, from the mechanisms of DNA replication and repair to cutting-edge assays that use the power of genome sequencing. (MITx)
An introduction to cellular and population-level systems biology, with an emphasis on synthetic biology, modeling of genetic networks, cell-cell interactions, and evolutionary dynamics. (OCW)
Networks and System Dynamics
Predictions about the course of a pandemic are based on the science and mathematics of network interactions — probabilities, feedbacks, etc. — that happen within complex systems.
Hot Topics & Serious Fun
Understand how we learn from digital and board games. Explore the design and use of games in the classroom and other educational settings. (OCW)
Machine Learning and Artificial Intelligence
Catch up with this fascinating fast-developing field, which is reaching into every aspect of our daily lives.
An in-depth introduction to the field of machine learning, from linear models to deep learning and reinforcement learning, through hands-on Python projects. (MITx)
Linear algebra concepts to understand and create machine learning algorithms, especially for deep learning and neural networks. (OCW)
Time to Read, Listen, Watch, and Eat
Staying home for safety can also mean more time to settle into a great book, listen to more music, catch up on films and videos, or try out new recipes. Let courses like these be your guide to expanded horizons.