Faculty Describe Experiments with Digital Learning on MacVicar Day

Published in MIT Campus News on March 22, 2013 by Rosanne Santucci, Office of Faculty Support

Attendees at the MacVicar Day celebration on Friday, March 15, became participants in an online-learning experiment led by Associate Professor of Mechanical Engineering Anette “Peko” Hosoi. She asked the crowd in Bartos Theatre, “What is the first image that appeared in my Google search for ‘online digital learning’?”

The 2013 MacVicar Faculty Fellows with Dean for Undergraduate Education Daniel Hastings (back row, center). Front row: Linda Griffith and Rob Miller. Back row: Laura Schulz, Hastings and Emma Teng.  PHOTO: DOMINICK REUTER

Hosoi instructed those with laptops or mobile phones to go to the website m.socrative.com to record both their answer to the multiple-choice question and their degree of confidence in their response.

“If you use this tool to guide your lectures, the question about confidence can give you more valuable feedback,” Hosoi said. (And the correct response, she later revealed, was a photograph of Sanjay Sarma, MIT’s director of digital learning.)

MacVicar Day is an annual event held to celebrate the new MacVicar Faculty Fellows. The MacVicar Program was established in 1992 to commemorate Margaret MacVicar '64, ScD '67, MIT’s first dean for undergraduate education and founder of the Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program. This year’s event was a symposium titled “Reimagining the MIT Classroom: Experiments With Digital Learning...”

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