Educational Technology News - 2014

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  • Since its inception in the fall of 2012, MITx--an initiative to provide open, online courses to anyone around the world--has grown steadily, both in users and in the number of courses offered. Although MITx is a global initiative, its impact here on campus is clearly apparent, as well; the Institutional Research section of the Office of the Provost found that as of spring 2014, over 65% of current undergraduates have taken a course which used the residential MITx system. The chart below traces the expansion of MITx at MIT during the past two years.

  • 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.”

  • You may not be aware that in addition to producing the MOOCs that get all the media attention, the MITx team is hard at work supporting dozens of experiments with using edX tools in association with MIT on-campus courses. And while the MOOCs are busy revolutionizing access to educational opportunity, the on-campus experiments are busy improving the quality of classroom-based education.