Today Open Courseware is a common feature among the higher education institutes, especially in the West. Notable among these is MIT Courseware. However, higher education institutes in developing countries like India have also taken a cue from Western Institutes and started providing courseware on the Internet for the benefit of students and teachers alike. For exmple Egyankosh of IGNOU.

Following are some notable open courseware projects, which students, faculty members and researchers can make use for their studies and research.


  • eGyanKosh: It is a National Digital Repository to store, index, preserve, distribute and share the digital learning resources developed by the Open and Distance Learning Institutions in the country. The video lecture's are available on Youtube at: Youtube IGNOU eGyanKosh

  • NCERT Text Books: National Council Educational Research and Training [NCERT] has provided full text access to all of its text books required for K12 students.

  • National Programme on Technology Enhanced Learning [NAPTEL]: NAPTEL's main aim is to enhance the quality of engineering education in the country by developing curriculum based video and web courses. It is an initiative of IITs and IIsc. The courses are available for access on subscription. However, most of the video lecture's are available for FREE ACCESS on Youtube at: Youtube IIT


  • BBC Learning English: This website from the BBC aids people learning English, by offering help in the form of 'Words in the News', 'Quizzes', videos via YouTube etc. The teachers section loaded with activities that accompany the many different features on Learning English. In the “Downloads” section on the far right hand side of the page, learners can get the past seven days of audio, video, and text to take away. Explore the site for many more features.

  • Carnegie Mellon Open Learning Initiative: Carnegie Mellon University offers this site full of course tutoring systems, virtual laboratories, simulations, and frequent opportunities for assessment and feedback to help you learn.

  • Engineering Pathway: Here you can Learn, Connect, and Create high-quality teaching and learning resources in applied science and math, engineering, computer science/information technology, and engineering technology for use by K-12 and university educators and students.

  • The Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health's Open Courseware: OCW project provides access to content of the School's most popular courses in the field of health sciences.

  • MIT Open Courseware: MIT OpenCourseWare (OCW) is a web-based publication of virtually all MIT course content. OCW is open and available to the world and is a permanent MIT activity.

  • OEDB Free Online Open Courses: It is an index to free online open courses offered by different universities.

  • OpenLearn: The OpenLearn website gives free access to Open University course materials. This is the LearningSpace, where you'll find hundreds of free study units, each with a discussion forum.

  • Tufts OpenCourseware: Tufts University has joined MIT in offering the world free access to certain course content online in the field of life sciences. Tufts OpenCourseWare (OCW) seeks to capitalize on the potential of the internet to eliminate borders and geographic distance as obstacles to the instantaneous exchange of knowledge and new ideas.

  • University of California Irvine: It is a free and open digital publication of high quality university-level educational materials, often including syllabi, lecture notes, assignments and exams.

  • University of Notre Dame Open Courseware: Notre Dame OCW is a free and open educational resource for faculty, students, and self-learners throughout the world. It provides open access to the materials used in a variety of courses.

  • Utah State Open Courseware: It is a collection of educational material used in our formal campus courses, and seeks to provide people around the world with an opportunity to access high quality learning opportunities.