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Myanmar’s education landscape is changing, thanks in large part to the efforts of the Tekkatho Foundation, a not-for-profit organization that uses digital technologies to bring world-class educational resources to local institutions and communities Read more.

Tooba Siddiqui

Tooba Siddiqui, a student at IQRA University in Islamabad, Pakistan, is determined to pursue her education in spite of political unrest. She gives credit to OCW for allowing her to overcome many obstacles. Read more.

Jamie Tucker–Foltz

On most counts, Jamie Tucker–Foltz is your average teenager. Hailing from Colorado, he’s into juggling (keeps five clubs in the air, and shooting for six), plays volleyball, likes to draw and paint, and enjoys building computer games using the MIT Media Lab-created Scratch programming tool. Academically, however, he’s facing a challenge that far fewer teenagers can claim to have achieved: “I’m a sophomore at Boulder High School, and basically, I’ve run out of classes.” Read more.

Photo of user Tuhin Bagi.

The city of Nasik has long been known as the wine capital of India for its plentiful supply of grapes, but more recently it has become a high-tech and engineering hub—one of the fastest growing cities in the country. Born and raised there, fifteen-year-old Tuhin Bagi shares his native city's fascination with science and technology, and maintains an equally breathless pace. Read more.


2020_mz_thumb.jpgMatt Zand
  • Educator
  • United States

As a mentor, tutor, and coding bootcamp instructor, Matt Zand has recommended OCW resources to help his students, from all walks of life, to succeed in their pursuits. Matt has explored a range of online learning resources to suit the individual needs of his students. OCW materials have proven invaluable to his students by reinforcing their training with more advanced concepts. Read more.

Amy Santee

Homeschooling her daughters means that Amy Santee knows how to think outside the box. She takes them on field trips and finds a wide variety of outside activities for them like ballet and choir. Her freedom to step outside the classroom keeps the lessons fresh and exciting. "I realize that not all learning is fun," says Santee. "But I strive to make as much as possible enjoyable and educational at the same time." Read more.

“The online courses I am augmenting my teaching with are very helpful. More content for less work helps me concentrate more on the teaching.” For the past several years, Evelyn Laurito has been using OCW materials in her classes. Read more.

Self Learners

Trent Parker

Trent Parker, a former chemistry PhD candidate and himself a creator of open educational resources 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. Read more.

Anita Moreno

Back in 2008, Anita Moreno was majoring in mechanical engineering at San Francisco State University (SFSU). In her junior year, when Moreno had a 3.9 Grade Point Average and was contemplating a career in prosthetic design and robotics, she had a brain aneurysm. Fortunately, brain surgery treated her condition, so she returned to classes only 90 days after the operation. Read more.

Valja Collingwood

“I used OCW to boost my knowledge of scientific concepts that I encounter daily at my job.” With these words, Valja Collingwood describes how using MIT’s OCW materials was helpful for his career. Read more.


Now a PhD candidate in physics, Kyle Lee used OpenCourseWare to unlock the power of online education to pursue his dreams. "I strongly believe in OCW's mission to make this sophisticated knowledge available globally. It really has changed the entire path of my educational career." Read more.