Improving Teaching News - 2012

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  • DUET LogoDUET is the new DUE Education Talk series sponsored by the Office of the Dean for Undergraduate Education (DUE) and organized by the Teaching and Learning Laboratory. This monthly series emphasizes current research on learning, cognitive psychology, educational technology, educational assessment, among other areas. All members of the MIT and edX communities who are interested in learning more about education are welcome to attend. DUET’s goal is to provide access to educational research that can support individual and institutional efforts to enhance both residential and online student learning.

    View the 2012-13 DUET seminar schedule

    DUET’s inaugural talk took place on September 27th. Professor Pawan Sinha of the Department of Brain and Cognitive Science shared his work on an initiative merging scientific inquiry with social relevance to provide sight-restoring surgeries to congenitally blind children in India. His research looks at how the brain begins to learn the complex task of interpreting visual data.  On Nov 1, Todd Rose, from the Harvard Graduate School of Education discussed what modern learning science tells us about the origins of learning variability, and what this means for the way we design flexible, effective, and scalable learning environments in the age of EdX.

    If you are interested in joining the mailing list to receive email reminders about DUET and other education talks of potential interest, send an email with subject line ‘subscribe’ to For questions about individual talks, please contact Jennifer French at

  • For the past year, the Teaching and Learning Laboratory has been developing a series of 24 concept vignettes , short educational videos which cover pivotal concepts in science and engineering. The vignettes were funded as part of MIT's collaboration with Singapore to build the new Singapore University of Technology and Design (SUTD). In order to choose the most salient topics for the videos, the TLL project team developed a concept map of the first two years of the SUTD curriculum.