The Office of Educational Innovation and Technology(OEIT) Joins DUE

By Babi Mitra, Associate Director, OEIT

As of December, the new Office of Educational Innovation and Technology (OEIT) was formed as part of the reorganization of Academic Computing. OEIT works with faculty, staff and students to enable and promote the development and dissemination of innovative uses of technology in teaching and learning. Look for an article about OEIT in the February 14 edition of TechTalk.

OEIT team is staffed primarily by educational consulting and software development groups formerly in the Academic Computing group from IS &T. As a result, the team has significant experience in locating, building and integrating educational technology.

  • OEIT offered over fifteen courses during IAP 2007.

  • Charles Shubert and Ivica Ceraj have been working on bringing research tools into the classroom:

    • StarBiochem, a software program to investigate protein structure, will be used by about 500 students in 7.013 and 7.014 Introduction to Biology courses during Spring term. This new software program was the result of a collaboration between the OEIT Software Tools for Academics and Researchers (STAR) team, Biology Professor Graham Walker, and Physics Professor John Belcher.

    • StarGP, a software program to facilitate bringing UNIX based research tools into the classroom, is being used in Courses 1.978 for IAP and 3.320, and 22.00J during Spring term. This software was developed at the Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard for their research work and was adapted by
      the STAR team for use by Materials Science Professor Nicola Marzari and Civil and Environmental Engineering Professor Markus Buehler.

  • Check out two of the OEIT Teaching and Learning Spaces:

  • Daniel Sheehan has been working on a new version of a suite of GIS tools which interact with Matlab tools to extract and evaluate stream profile parameters. This tool is now used for both research and teaching at MIT and at many universities in the United States and abroad including universities such as Arizona State University, Pennsylvania State University, University of Colorado, Idaho State University, Boston College, Yale University and more.

  •  Jeff Merriman in involved in a new collaborative effort among the Institute for Electronic Governance of Andhra Pradesh, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and the California State University to consolidate growing support across their communities for the interoperability specifications developed by the MIT Open Knowledge Initiative. The O.K.I. Open Service Interface Definitions (OSIDs) and other critical standards will be used to raise the level of interoperability among the components of information systems used in education, government services and other applications.