TLL’s STEM Concept Videos Available on OCW

Dipa Shah, Associate Director, and Leann Dobranski, Assistant Director, Teaching and Learning Laboratory

TLL's collection of STEM Concept Videos is now accessible to the world on OCW! For the last two and a half years, the Teaching and Learning Lab has been developing these educational videos in collaboration with MIT faculty, instructors, post-docs, and graduate students who narrated the videos and often lent examples of their own research to the content.

This video collection, funded by the MIT - Singapore University of Technology and Design (SUTD) collaboration, targets content from the first three semesters of the undergraduate curriculum at SUTD. Many of the courses students take in their first three semesters at SUTD look very similar to MIT GIR courses and the prerequisite courses for many STEM (science, technology, engineering, math) undergraduate programs across the U.S.

OCW Video Theme IconsThe goals of the videos are three-fold:

  1. to reinforce pivotal concepts and multidisciplinary themes,
  2. to provide opportunities for students to actively engage with content, and
  3. to provide real-world examples from everyday life, or from research, of the utility of these concepts.

The videos utilize animations, visualizations, demonstrations, and/or examples from a variety of engineering and science disciplines to further the intended learning outcomes. Times to pause the video are incorporated to allow for student interaction—providing opportunities for students to predict the result of demonstrations, engage in discussion of concepts, and perform classroom activities tied to the video’s intended learning outcomes. The videos are meant to supplement classroom instruction.  Instructors might use snippets of video in class or students might watch them outside of class to review a concept or prepare for class discussion.

“We are pleased to share this collection of videos with students and teachers across the globe through OCW,” said Dipa Shah, project manager and video scriptwriter. “We are also conducting assessments on the use of these videos by MIT students and look forward to feedback from the MIT community.”

On OCW, viewers will find the videos (24 are now available) grouped by multidisciplinary themes (e.g. Representations, Problem Solving, Governing Rules, etc.). MIT course numbers in which the video concepts are discussed are also listed. Instructor Guides containing pre- and post-video activities accompany each video. Shah further explained, “Because these videos focus on multidisciplinary concepts, we hope to find broad applicability across disciplines.”

While the entire set of STEM Concept Videos (46) can be found on the TLL website, the videos posted on OCW are under a Creative Commons CC-BY-NC-SA license, making them true Open Educational Resources (OER).  OERs are teaching and learning materials that are openly licensed for anyone to use anywhere. Posting our videos on the MIT OpenCourseWare (OCW) site also means that the videos will be included on OCW’s mirror drives that are provided to educational organizations with limited internet availability. TLL staff, along with our collaborators, are happy to know that these videos will be shared with the broader educational community.

If you would like to read more about our video design process and the literature that guided it, you can view the paper we presented at the 2013 ASEE Annual Conference. The paper received the Best Paper Award at the conference!