FAQ: Getting Started


How do I register to use MIT OpenCourseWare?

Where should I start?

Why doesn't ever course have solutions to assignments, quizzes, and exams?

Why doesn't every MIT OpenCourseWare course offer video lectures?

How do I get a copy of the course pack for a particular course?


How do I register to use MIT OpenCourseWare?
MIT OpenCourseWare is free and requires no registration.

Where should I start?
A site overview is available for MIT OpenCourseWare. You can also browse courses by department or use the advanced search to locate a specific course or topic.

High school students and educators should check out Highlights for High School .

Why doesn't every course have solutions to assignments, quizzes, and exams?
MIT faculty and instructors publish only as much content as they are comfortable providing on a Web site that is freely accessible worldwide.

In some cases, solutions to homework assignments, quizzes, and exams are only discussed and presented in the classroom, and not made available in print or electronic format. In other cases, the instructors plan to re-use the assignments, quizzes, and exams in their MIT classrooms, so they do not wish to widely publish the solutions.

Why doesn't every MIT OpenCourseWare course offer video lectures?
Where possible, we have included pre-existing video on this site, and we continue to invest in video recordings. Video, however, remains a supplement to our mission of publishing and updating core teaching materials. Video is among the most costly types of content to produce and distribute, and including more video would impact the depth and currency of the site, affecting the many other ways visitors use our material. At present our focus remains on making the courseware used in all MIT courses available as a resource to educators and learners around the world.

How do I get a copy of the course pack for a particular course?
The course-pack materials that accompany most MIT courses often contain proprietary information and copyrighted materials that MIT Faculty only use in their classroom interactions with MIT students. We cannot, therefore, make these materials openly available to MIT OpenCourseWare users.