Curriculum Innovation News - 2014

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  • MIT’s Teaching and Learning Laboratory (TLL) has created 47 STEM Concept Videos to help students connect the concepts they learn in introductory STEM courses to concrete, real-world problems.

  • 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.”

  • Twelve years ago, Amy Smith taught a class on adapting medical technologies for use in small-scale clinics. When a group of Haitian students became interested in developing technologies for Haiti, they asked, how could you design a product for Haiti if you’ve never been there?