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About the MIT Open Learning Library

The MIT Open Learning Library is home to selected educational content from MIT OpenCourseWare and MITx courses, available to anyone in the world at any time. All material is free to use. Some resources, particularly those from MIT OpenCourseWare, are free to download, remix, and reuse for non-commercial purposes.

MIT is committed to sharing learning materials with the world. The Open Learning Library provides additional opportunities to learn from MIT at your own pace, as on MIT OpenCourseWare, while engaging with problems and receiving instant feedback.

You will be able to keep track of your own progress in the course. The Open Learning Library does not include discussion forums, certificates, or the ability to transfer your progress to edX.org. For those hoping to participate in a discussion or seeking a credential for completing a course, we will do our best to highlight when a credential-bearing offering is available on edX.org.

You’ve discovered us during our prototype phase. We hope you’ll come along for this journey. Over time, we will add new courses, develop site features, and enhance the user experience. We welcome your feedback on the site, including your thoughts on areas for improvement. Please email mitoll-support@mit.edu with your feedback or any requests for support.

Frequently Asked Questions

Do I have to pay for access to any part of the site?

No. There are no fees associated with the Open Learning Library. All content is freely accessible.

Can I earn a certificate for a course on Open Learning Library?

No. If you’re interested in earning a certificate in an MITx course, please visit edX.org and sign up for the next available certificate run of the course. We will strive to provide direct links to courses with a certificate option on edX.org whenever they are available.

How can I find out when the next certificate run of a course will happen on edX.org?

On each course About Page, you will see a banner with updated edX information on it, and a link through to the course there. Additionally, you can sign up for the MITx mailing list to receive information about all of our courses and programs.

Do these courses have discussion forums or teaching assistants to answer my questions?

No. The Open Learning Library provides only self-guided course materials. If you have a technical issue with the site, you can contact mitoll-support@mit.edu, but we will not have support staff available for topic-based questions. If you wish to join a discussion forum as you learn, please wait for the next run of the course you are interested in on edX.org.

Do I have to create an account to access courses?

Yes. We are using the Open edX platform for running course content on the Open Learning Library. Your account will allow you to keep track of your progress as you work your way through a course and to see the answers you’ve submitted to problems within the course.

Can I use my edx.org account?

No. This is a separate site.

I am looking for material that is not covered in the MIT Open Learning Library. Where can I find it?

You can check at OCW or MITx on edX.

How does the MIT Open Learning Library differ from MIT OpenCourseWare or MITx courses on edX?

You can think of the three different resources as a spectrum of offerings utilizing MIT content for different types of learning experiences. On one end is edX.org — MITx courses on edX are end-to-end course experiences with certificates available for you to earn, live teaching support in a discussion forum, and start and end dates. On the other end is MIT OCW, which is a completely self-guided experience containing published content from MIT courses that is open all of the time and licensed for reuse, but that does not include any interactive content. Open Learning Library sits in between. As in many MITx courses, Open Learning Library provides interactive course experiences that include auto-graded assessments that give you instant feedback and allow you to track your progress as you work your way through learning the subject matter. Like OCW, this content is always open and self-guided and includes no live support, discussion forum, or certificates.

I’m interested in a MicroMasters program. Are these courses part of the Open Learning Library?

No. We are not offering any MicroMasters program content on the Open Learning Library. Please visit micromasters.mit.edu for more information on our programs.

Can I download material from Open Learning Library?

Only if the material is Creative Commons-licensed, as is the case for all material from MIT OpenCourseWare.

I’m having a problem using the site. How can I get help?

Send an email to mitoll-support@mit.edu and someone will get back to you within 1–2 business days.

What type of licenses do these courses have?

The courses here will have varying licenses, and you will see the license type indicated on the About Pages. Some courses will be All Rights Reserved, others Creative Commons, and some have mixed licenses.

Who decides what content goes into each course?

The MIT faculty member responsible for the course makes this decision on a case-by-case basis. This is why you may see different formats for each different course you access in the Open Learning Library. Most often, though, what you will see is the content and assessments that you need to work through in order to learn, while other assessments whose principal purpose is testing whether you have earned a certificate are only available on edX.org, where you can have the opportunity to earn a certificate.