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MIT OpenCourseWare: Transforming your career dreams into a reality

Trent Parker

Switching careers, especially across unrelated fields, is a very difficult task, often requiring an extensive financial commitment and the availability of educational resources that many individuals do not have access to. MIT OpenCourseWare (OCW) supports those wishing to transition to a different career, as well as those interested in learning for its own sake, by providing the materials used in the teaching of MIT’s courses freely and openly available online. It has a particularly extensive collection of computer science and programming course materials.

Earlier this week, MIT News reported on the story of Trent Parker:

[Parker is] a former chemistry PhD candidate and himself a creator of open educational resources. He wanted to get into software engineering, so he built a self-directed learning program on OCW courses, and with powerful new knowledge and skills soon landed a great job at Google.

Parker explained the impact that OCW had on his life: "In the span of about six months, I went from a nearly unemployed dropout with poor ad-hoc computer science skills to a six-figure technical position at one of the world's leading technology firms, in large part thanks to the open availability of these materials."

OCW and J-WEL are both situated in MIT's Office of Open Learning. MIT Open Learning “envisions a future in which the magic of MIT not only extends beyond the boundaries of our campus, but also creates opportunities to harness the knowledge of a global community to address the world’s great challenges.” MIT education experts at J-WEL have curated many of OCW's resources in our content library, where users can find carefully selected resources by topics, such as active learning. We regularly add new content to the library, both materials available to the public, as well as resources available to J-WEL members-only, so check back frequently.


Image courtesy of MIT OpenCourseWare.