MIT Receives Grant from American Association of Universities for Undergraduate STEM Education

Published in MIT News on February 14, 2017, by Elizabeth Durant, Office of the Dean for Undergraduate Education

Funds will be used to create a Dean’s Action Group to disseminate evidence-based teaching practices.

The American Association of Universities (AAU) has awarded MIT and 11 other universities small grants that aim to advance efforts to improve undergraduate education in STEM fields (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics). The grants are part of the AAU Undergraduate STEM Education Initiative, created in 2011 to encourage universities to use teaching practices in STEM education that have been proven to be effective in engaging students and helping them learn.

At MIT, a $20,000 AAU grant will be used to develop and share cross-disciplinary, evidence-based teaching practices. The two-year project will be led by Professor Dennis Freeman, who, as dean for undergraduate education, has pledged to match another $20,000 for the program; Janet Rankin, interim director of the MIT Teaching and Learning Laboratory (T+LL); and Dipa Shah, associate director of T+LL.

“We are very excited about the opportunity to work with MIT faculty and instructors to disseminate and implement evidence-based teaching strategies here at MIT,” Rankin says. “The Institute has so many committed teachers, and this project will provide opportunities for them to share their best practices and work collaboratively with colleagues to enrich teaching and learning at MIT...”

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