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Admin On December - 19 - 2015


Open CourseWare

(OCW) are FREE online materials of entire courses (syllabus, presentations, assignments, and assessments) published by select universities.

The OpenCourseWare movement started in 1999 when the University of Tübingen in Germany published videos of lectures online for its timms initiative (Tübinger Internet Multimedia Server). The OCW movement only took off, however, with the launch of MIT OpenCourseWare at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and the Open Learning Initiative at Carnegie Mellon University in October 2002. The movement was soon reinforced by the launch of similar projects at Yale, Utah State University, the University of Michigan, and the University of California Berkeley.Open CourseWare

MIT’s reasoning behind OCW was to “enhance human learning worldwide by the availability of a web of knowledge”. MIT also stated that it would allow students (including, but not limited to its own) to become better prepared for classes so that they may be more engaged during a class. Since then, a number of universities have created OCW, some of which have been funded by the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation.

Today Open Courseware is a common feature among the higher education institutes, especially in the West. Notable among these is MIT Courseware. However, higher education institutes in developing countries like India have also taken a cue from Western Institutes and started providing courseware on the Internet for the benefit of students and teachers alike. For exmple Egyankosh of IGNOU.

Following are some notable open courseware projects, which students, faculty members and researchers can make use for their studies and research.


  • eGyanKosh: It is a National Digital Repository to store, index, preserve, distribute and share the digital learning resources developed by the Open and Distance Learning Institutions in the country. The video lecture’s are available on Youtube at: Youtube IGNOU eGyanKosh

  • NCERT Text Books: National Council Educational Research and Training [NCERT] has provided full text access to all of its text books required for K12 students.

  • National Programme on Technology Enhanced Learning [NAPTEL]: NAPTEL’s main aim is to enhance the quality of engineering education in the country by developing curriculum based video and web courses. It is an initiative of IITs and IIsc. The courses are available for access on subscription. However, most of the video lecture’s are available for FREE ACCESS on Youtube at: Youtube IIT.


  • BBC Learning English: This website from the BBC aids people learning English, by offering help in the form of ‘Words in the News’, ‘Quizzes’, videos via YouTube etc. The teachers section loaded with activities that accompany the many different features on Learning English. In the “Downloads” section on the far right hand side of the page, learners can get the past seven days of audio, video, and text to take away. Explore the site for many more features.

  • Carnegie Mellon Open Learning Initiative: Carnegie Mellon University offers this site full of course tutoring systems, virtual laboratories, simulations, and frequent opportunities for assessment and feedback to help you learn.

  • Engineering Pathway: Here you can Learn, Connect, and Create high-quality teaching and learning resources in applied science and math, engineering, computer science/information technology, and engineering technology for use by K-12 and university educators and students.

  • The Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health’s Open Courseware: OCW project provides access to content of the School’s most popular courses in the field of health sciences.

  • MIT Open Courseware: MIT OpenCourseWare (OCW) is a web-based publication of virtually all MIT course content. OCW is open and available to the world and is a permanent MIT activity.

  • OEDB Free Online Open Courses: It is an index to free online open courses offered by different universities.

  • OpenLearn: The OpenLearn website gives free access to Open University course materials. This is the LearningSpace, where you’ll find hundreds of free study units, each with a discussion forum.

  • Tufts OpenCourseware: Tufts University has joined MIT in offering the world free access to certain course content online in the field of life sciences. Tufts OpenCourseWare (OCW) seeks to capitalize on the potential of the internet to eliminate borders and geographic distance as obstacles to the instantaneous exchange of knowledge and new ideas.

  • University of California Irvine: It is a free and open digital publication of high quality university-level educational materials, often including syllabi, lecture notes, assignments and exams.

  • University of Notre Dame Open Courseware: Notre Dame OCW is a free and open educational resource for faculty, students, and self-learners throughout the world. It provides open access to the materials used in a variety of courses.

  • Utah State Open Courseware: It is a collection of educational material used in our formal campus courses, and seeks to provide people around the world with an opportunity to access high quality learning opportunities.

  • MERLOT ( provides easy access to almost 5000 Free Online Courses. Simply click on a major topic heading and you can browse through the MERLOT collection of Free Online Courses.

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