Friends of MIT OpenCourseWare,

This April marks the 20th anniversary of OCW. For two decades you’ve learned with us, shared your stories with us, shared our resources with others, tuned in to course videos and podcast conversations, connected with our online community, donated, and helped us make OCW even better for you and your fellow learners.

Through your support, your trust, and your engagement with OCW, you’ve become caretakers of the vision that began in 2001 to share knowledge from MIT openly and freely. Thanks to your commitment and curiosity, we are able to mark 20 years of open sharing with an even more ambitious vision for the future of OCW as we work to develop the NextGen OCW platform and program.

In short, it’s taken a community to bring OCW to this moment and we want you to be part of the celebrations! Over the next few weeks we’re inviting OCW learners, fans, and contributors near and far to reflect on this journey and help us get ready for what comes next—all leading up to a live virtual celebration of OCW’s impact, community, and the future of open sharing on Wednesday, April 7 at 12 pm ET.

Here are a few ways to join the festivities:

  • Attend our virtual anniversary event on April 7register here or tune in live to OCW’s YouTube, Facebook, or Instagram pages on April 7 at noon ET.
  • Sign our virtual birthday card share your message to OCW and read messages from the community.
  • Tell us your story — Call +1-617-715-2517 to leave a voicemail telling us how you’ve used OCW to change your life or those of others in your schools or communities. We’ll share some of your most inspiring messages on a special episode of our Chalk Radio podcast. Or, complete this quick survey to share your experience with us.
  • Test NextGen OCW Sign up to receive the latest on NextGen OCW and hear about future opportunities to help beta test the new platform.
  • Support our future — If you’re in a position to donate, make a gift in honor of 20 years of OCW.

We’re so grateful to share this exciting moment in our history with you!

With appreciation,

The MIT OpenCourseWare Team