Wednesday, November 19 • 10:15am - 10:45am
OCW Educator: Sharing the How as well as the What

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OCW's mission has always been to share openly course materials created by MIT professors for use in on-campus instruction. These materials include syllabi, reading lists, assignments, lecture notes, lecture slides, and in some cases video lectures and recitations. But there is little by way of how the instructor uses these materials, why the instructor teaches the course they way she does, and what students do in given semester. OCW has tried to remedy this situation with OCW Educator, an initiative that enhances OCW course sites for educators. A new course page called "This Course at MIT" provides additional information about the class, such as what kinds of students typically take a class, how students spend their time, what kind of classroom is used, and what learning outcomes the instructor intends. In some cases, instructors explain in detail why they have structured the course a certain way, how they go about teaching problem-solving, how they have changed the course over the years, how they foster team-building and active learning, and how they teach effective writing. OCW Educator also offers the opportunity to present information about project-based courses and experiential courses that don't lend themselves to traditional OCW publication. Perhaps most significantly, OCW Educator documents changes in pedagogy brought about by the introduction of digital tools and resources in MIT classrooms, such as immediate feedback through online assessments.


Joseph Pickett

Publication Director, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Wednesday November 19, 2014 10:15am - 10:45am

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