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Open learning

Facts and figures to sustain your inner geek

August 21, 2019

In 1999, President Charles Vest asked a faculty committee how best to use the internet to further MIT’s mission. Its revolutionary recommendation: put all of MIT’s course materials online for free. In 2002, MIT OpenCourseWare did just that for 50 MIT classes; today it posts materials for 2,450. And since MIT and Harvard teamed up in 2012 to launch edX, a free open-source platform for online learning, MIT has been offering a growing number of classes online.Now MIT’s expansive Open Learning initiatives serve both MIT students and learners around the world.

Most popular MITx class on edX:  Introduction to Computer Science using Python  Total enrollment to date: 1.3 million
1,805 learners earned MITx MicroMasters credentials. 76 went on to complete MIT master’s degrees on campus.
1,805 learners earned MITx MicroMasters credentials. 76 went on to complete MIT master’s degrees on campus.
Average number of people who register for an MITx course every day: 3,307
3.8 million  unique learners  from more than  200 countries have earned 195,000 certificates so far.  187 MIT faculty  representing  26 departments  and all  5 schools have developed  176 MITx courses totaling 1,436.75 weeks  of online course content. 75%  live outside the US.
Undergrad admits who had taken an MITx course before being admitted were over 10% more likely to enroll at MIT.
Undergrad admits who had taken an MITx course before being admitted were over 10% more likely to enroll at MIT.
MIT Open Learning has filmed more than  1 petabyte —that’s 1 quadrillion bytes—of instructional video.
99% of MIT  undergrads have taken an MIT class that uses MITx tools tailored to campus use