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MIT OCW is a large-scale, Web-based electronic publishing initiative funded jointly by the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, the Andrew W. Mellon FoundationMIT, and generous support of the Ab Initio software company.

MIT OCW's goals are to:

  • Provide free, searchable access to MIT's course materials for educators, students, and self-learners around the world.
  • Extend the reach and impact of MIT OCW and the "opencourseware" concept.

MIT OCW would not be possible without the support and generosity of the MIT faculty who choose to share their research, pedagogy, and knowledge to benefit others. We expect MIT OCW to reach a steady - though never static - state by 2008. Between now and then, we will publish the materials from virtually all of MIT's undergraduate and graduate courses.

We will be continually evaluating the Access, Use, and Impact of MIT OCW. With 1,550 courses published as of November 1, 2006, we are still in a learning stage of this MIT initiative and we will benefit enormously from your feedback, as we strive to make MIT OCW as rich and useful as possible for our users.

self-learners might find MIT OCW referenced books in the library.

"We live in a very rural area. Access to quality educational materials is a 225-mile drive to the nearest library of any significance. The dearth of teaching materials is more profound... Thank you so much for OCW." -- Self-learner from Kentucky

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