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The Creation of OpenCourseWare at MIT

Journal of Science Education and Technology Volume 17, Number 2, ISSN 1059-0145


This paper traces the genesis of the MIT OpenCourseWare project from its initial strategic precursors in 1999 and 2000, through its launch in 2001 and its subsequent evolution. The story told here illuminates the interplay among institutional leadership, and strategic planning, and with university culture in launching major educational technology enterprises. It also shows how initiatives can evolve in unexpected ways, and can even surpass their initial goals. The paper concludes with an overview of challenges facing OpenCourseWare in moving from the end of its production ramp-up and towards sustainability.


Abelson, H. (2008). The Creation of OpenCourseWare at MIT. Journal of Science Education and Technology, 17(2), 164-174. Retrieved March 21, 2019 from .

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