MathWorks has joined Dow Chemical and Lockheed Martin as founding members of MIT OpenCourseWare's Next Decade Alliance. Next Decade Alliance sponsors make significant multi-year commitments supporting MIT OpenCourseWare (OCW), MIT's effort to share the core academic materials — including syllabi, lecture notes, assignments and exams — from all of MIT's courses. The materials are made freely available on the web under open licenses that permit reuse, modification and redistribution of the content for non-profit purposes.
Since OCW's launch in 2002, the program has shared materials from more than 2,100 MIT courses, including video recordings of the complete lectures from 50 classes, through the OCW site. OCW has distributed 290 copies of the site on hard drives to universities in bandwidth constrained regions, and translation partners have created more than 1,000 translated version of OCW courses. In the past decade, OCW materials have been accessed by 125 million educators and learners worldwide.
"MathWorks and MIT have a long history together and we are very pleased to enter the latest chapter of this relationship," MIT Provost L. Rafeal Reif says. "The Next Decade Alliance will provide OCW the resources to build on its past success and innovate in bringing educational opportunities to the world."
In the next 10 years, OCW is poised to explore the rapidly expanding world of open education. Through a series of initiatives supported by the Next Decade Alliance, MIT will push forward in expanding the reach of OCW materials, explore how OCW content can be shaped to meet the needs of specific audiences, experiment with a broader open-education ecosystem including online communities, and work with teachers to bring OCW content into more classrooms.
"MathWorks is proud to play a role in broadening access to education, and in exploring the possibilities of the web in improving the lives of millions around the world," says MathWorks CEO Jack Little ’78. "This is an effort we feel is truly worthy of MathWorks' sustained support."