OpenCourseWare (OCW) presents an opportunity for you to extend your impact by sharing your course materials and learning methods with the world. You’ve invested many hours in preparing and teaching your MIT residential course. Our baseline publication process requires very little from you beyond what you have already done.

I would like to encourage other educators to share their materials from their courses. I really love the OCW mission of sharing everything that we have from an educational standpoint so that more people can use those materials how they want, and students can directly browse through class material or learn things that pique their interests.”-- Professor Erik Demaine

Publishing on MIT OCW is easy

OCW publication can accommodate a wide range of course content and teaching styles, from large lectures to discussion-driven seminars to hands-on project-based learning. OCW staff members handle all of the details, leaving just a few tasks for you:

  • Consent for us to proceed with agreed-upon content,
  • Answer occasional questions as we build the course site, and
  • Review and approve the draft site prior to publication.

Three Stages of OCW Publication

1. Plan

OCW publication begins with a conversation about your course. If you’re new to OCW, or aren’t sure yet about publishing, a brief face-to-face meeting (30 minutes or less) with your designated OCW contact is a great way to start. If you prefer to work through email, that’s fine too. The choice is yours.

For basic OCW publication, this conversation can take place after the term ends. But if you’re interested in OCW content services, such as video-recorded lectures, we should talk at least one month prior to the start of the term. Earlier is even better.

During the Plan stage, together we’ll identify the course content that will be most useful to an online audience. We’ll discuss the best ways to represent your teaching, and any concerns you may have about open sharing of your materials. With your consent to publish the course, we’ll agree on a detailed plan that suits your goals and schedule.

2. Build

A typical course takes two to five months to build, and will fall within one of two publishing cycles — spring (January-June) or fall (July-December).

Building starts with our collecting your course materials and assembling supplemental content, such as pedagogical insights or student work samples. If you’re using copyrighted materials from other sources, we will attempt to clear rights for these materials. We will also format your materials to ensure maximum usability and accessibility around the world.

During this stage, all we ask of you is your timely response to our occasional questions about the material.

3. Review

Finally, you’ll have the chance to review your OCW course on our draft site, address any issues we’ve flagged for your attention, and identify edits you would like us to make before publication. Once those edits are complete, your course will be published.

What happens after publication?

We promote your course to the millions of visitors coming to OCW each month, and to hundreds of thousands of newsletter subscribers and social media followers. If your course includes video or audio recordings, we will distribute them to YouTube, iTunes U, and Internet Archive. We will also distribute your course to global mirror sites to make it available in regions with limited internet bandwidth.

We’re confident that you will find the OCW publication experience straightforward and worthwhile. Indeed, having published a first course in OCW, most faculty continue publishing more courses.

To begin, please contact us at ocw@mit.edu or 617-253-7913.