OpenCourseWare, or OCW, is a term applied to course materials in an online learning environment created by universities and shared freely with the world via the internet. This program is expanding its reach by sharing knowledge amongst students, educators, and life-long learners across the globe.
Open CourseWare was originally initiated by MIT in an effort to provide free and open online access to high-quality university course materials. MIT provides virtually all of their course content through this program. Several other top-ranked universities have followed in their footsteps by offering similar content. The course content generally includes: video lectures, course materials, and evaluations or tests. Thousand of courses are currently being offered across several U.S. and international universities.