CAMBRIDGE, MA, August 25, 2010 - TIME Magazine has named MIT OpenCourseWare one of the 50 Best Websites of 2010. Selected by the editors of TIME.com, MIT OpenCourseWare shares the honor with such notable and well-known websites as LinkedIn, Sesame Street, Etsy, The Daily Beast, The Guardian, Wikileaks, Mint, Groupon, LiveMocha and TEDTalks. Please visit TIME's 50 Best Websites of 2010 for the full listing of honors.
"It's truly remarkable to see MIT OpenCourseWare listed beside these other well-known sites," says Professor Shigeru Miyagawa, Chair of OCW's Faculty Advisory Committee. "It really speaks to the impact the site is having not only on the individuals who use it, but on the culture of the web as a whole. It highlights the opportunities the Web provides for free and open sharing of knowledge. The MIT community should be very proud."
This recognition continues a string of recent honors for MIT OpenCourseWare. In July, MIT OpenCourseWare received the prestigious SPORE award from the journal Science, and was featured in that magazine's July 30th issue. In 2009, OCW's Highlights for High School was named a Landmark Website for Teaching and Learning by the American Association of School Librarians.
An OpenCourseWare is a free and open digital publication of high quality university-level educational materials – often including syllabi, lecture notes, assignments, and exams – organized as courses. While OpenCourseWare (OCW) initiatives typically do not provide a degree, credit, or certification, or access to instructors, the materials are made available under open licenses for use and adaptation by educators and learners around the world.
MIT OpenCourseWare makes the materials used in the teaching of substantially all of MIT's undergraduate and graduate courses—more than 2,000 in all—available on the Web, free of charge, to any user in the world. OCW receives an average of 1.5 million web site visits per month from more than 215 countries and territories worldwide. To date, more than 65 million visitors have accessed the free MIT educational materials on the site or in translation.