Site Statistics

40 million visits by 31 million visitors from virtually every country.


OCW is accessed by a broadly international population of educators and learners.

MIT OpenCourseWare averages 1 million visits each month; translations receive 500,000 more.

Visitors from all over the world use OpenCourseWare:

Map showing OCW usage by world region.

Our audience is divided among students, educators, and self-learners:

Pie chart showing the different roles of OCW users.

MIT OpenCourseWare is being successfully used for a wide range of purposes.

Use Scenario % of Use
Educators Enhance personal knowledge 25.0%
Develop a course 22.8%
Prepare for a specific course 17.8%
Enhance research 13.8%
Other 20.6%
Students Complement a course they are currently taking 43.7%
Enhance personal knowledge 32.1%
Plan a course of study 12.4%
Other 11.9%
Self
Learners
Enhance personal knowledge 58.1%
Keep current with developments in their field 17.9%
Plan a future course of study 10.8%
Other 13.2%

MIT OpenCourseWare has already had significant impact and visitors expect even greater impact in the future.

  • 80% of visitors rate OCW’s impact as extremely positive or positive; 91% expect that level of future impact.
  • 96% of educators say the site has/will help improve courses.
  • 96% of visitors would recommend the site.

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World Impact




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