If you have a system of education using computers, then anyone, any age, can learn by himself, can continue to be interested. If you enjoy learning, there’s no reason why you should stop.”– Issac Asimov, 1988

Digital technologies improve learning

Students at MIT and elsewhere are using digital technologies to enhance their understanding and explore new subject areas:

  • Over 83% of MIT undergraduates have used the Residential MITx system for a substantial portion of coursework in one or more courses.

  • Over 1 million individuals from 195 countries have participated in an MITx on edX course.

  • OpenCourseWare averages over 2.5 million visits per month from over 1 million unique visitors.

Resources for university students

Students worldwide can explore MIT courses through:

  • MITx on edX: You can take a course with an MIT faculty member, while also connecting with and learning from classmates worldwide. If you complete a course with a passing grade, you have the opportunities to earn a verified certificate of achievement.  

  • OpenCourseWare (OCW): OCW is a free site with digital resources for over 2,200 MIT courses across 33 disciplines. For each subject, there’s a set of materials which can include syllabus, reading, assignments, online textbooks, and exams. You can explore these courses at your own schedule and pace.

  • OCW Scholar: OCW Scholar courses are substantially more complete than typical OCW courses and include new custom-created content as well as materials repurposed from MIT classrooms. They are arranged in a logical sequence and include multimedia such as video and simulations.

Students can also explore their understanding of individual concepts through:

  • MIT BLOSSOMS: BLOSSOMS includes over 100 free videos on math and science topics.  

  • Mathlets: Mathlets are free, carefully designed and highly interactive JAVA applets designed to enhance understanding of individual STEM concepts.

Resources for MIT students

In addition to the above resources and the opportunity to use the Residential MITx platform in classes, MIT undergraduate and graduate students can become involved in research and creating new applications of digital learning.

Resources for K-12 students

If you are a high school or middle school student, you can find resources to help you learn more about STEM topics.  

  • For high school students who are looking to take courses, you can use:

    • edX High School Initiative: MIT supports edX’s High School Initiative, with courses in subjects like Classical Mechanics and Calculus designed to cover the material specified by the College Board Course Description for Advanced Placement1.  

    • OCW Highlights for High School: This open source of high school classroom materials is designed for high school teachers and students.  It includes information for courses, labs, exam preparation and videos.  

  • For middle-school and high-school students who are looking to understand a specific topic better, you can explore:

    • MIT+K12 videos: The Science Out Loud is a webseries hosted and co-written by MIT students.  These 5-minute videos are for middle school and high school level students, to spark curiosity and a love of learning, and to promote STEM literacy worldwide.

    • MIT BLOSSOMS: This video library contains over 100 math and science lessons, all freely available to teachers.

    • Mathlets: Mathlets are free, carefully designed and highly interactive JAVA applets designed to enhance understanding of individual STEM concepts.

You can see MIT's broad portfolio of K-12 programs.

Resources for executives and professionals

MIT’s Executive Education and Professional Education offer courses for individual learners. ODL works across campus to create new digital programs for professionals and executives.  If you are interested in learning more, contact us.


 1Advanced Placement and AP are registered trademarks of the College Board, which was not involved in the production of, and does not endorse, these offerings.