Educational Technology

Educational technology is an integral part of educational innovation at MIT. Technology has the power to alter the way that students process what they are learning, and consequently change the way they construct knowledge.

Through the work of the Office of Educational Innovation and Technology (OEIT), DUE collaborates with faculty, staff, and students to identify, develop and disseminate innovative uses of technology to improve teaching and learning at MIT.

What is DUE doing to foster the development and adoption of educational technology at MIT?


  • Exploring new and emerging technologies and opportunities for their adoption to support education at MIT.
  • Assisting faculty in identifying, building and integrating technologies that support a wide range of pedagogical models.
  • Establishing links with MIT departments to monitor emerging innovations.
  • Facilitating awareness and adoption of educational technology by MIT faculty and departments through the Gallery of Educational Innovation as well as interactive forums such as the Ed Tech Fair and Crosstalk.
  • Developing and supporting tools and applications for courses that advance the recommendations of the Task Force on the Undergraduate Educational Commons.
  • Providing flexible learning environments to support innovative educational experiments.

What are some examples of educational technology at MIT?

[view OEIT gallery of innovation]

  • Software Tools for Academics and Researchers (STAR) bridges the divide between scientific research and the classroom through software that supports exploration of core scientific research concepts. It has been applied several research areas: StarBiochem, StarBiogene, StarHydro, and StarMolsim.
  • Geographical Information Systems (GIS) interface to the Path Planner software which calculates metabolic costs and travel time for astronauts' Extra-vehicular Activity (EVA) on the moon and on Mars. The new interface gives students and researchers the capability of evaluating numerous images along with elevation and slope when planning EVAs.
  • Mathematics CI-Space is a collaborative online space for the Math faculty where they can share information regarding how to better teach communications skills within math courses.
  • Spoken Media Project takes lecture media, in standard digital formats such as .mp4 and .mp3, and processes them to produce a searchable archive of digital video-/audio-based learning materials.
  • Shakespeare Performance in Asia (SPiA) created a catalog of video from Shakespeare performed in different Asian languages to promote cross-cultural understanding and serve as a core resource for students, teachers, and researchers.
  • Mapping Controversies harnessed student collective intelligence by enabling students to use a web-based research tool to study underlying political, social and scientific themes. Leveraging the collective input of students in the class, as well as interested researchers in the field, ensured a dynamic, evolving, and sustainable information repository.
  • Russian History Timeline project created a digital framework upon which students could collaboratively contribute data, analysis, reflection, and insight. The multi-layered Russian history timeline allowed visitors to experience the Russian Revolution from more than one vantage point.