During the past four years, our community has experienced a transformation of MIT’s Student Information Systems (SIS). Antiquated, paper-based processes have been replaced by streamlined, digitized processes that have improved the user experience for faculty, students, and staff while providing better support for MIT’s educational priorities. This progress has been guided by the 2011-2014 Education Systems Roadmap.
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December 4, 2014
November 14, 2014
As part of the eight-subject Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences (HASS) Requirement, all undergraduates must complete a HASS Concentration that provides increased knowledge in a particular HASS field. Students select from 35 different concentrations, such as American Studies, Anthropology, Chinese, or Economics, and propose a 3- or 4- subject concentration. Concentration Advisors review and approve proposals and verify completion.
Historically, students submitted paper HASS Concentration Proposal and Completion Forms to their Concentration Advisors for approval. Once approved, the students were required to manually distribute copies to several offices and the data was manually entered into the student’s record. This fall, MIT launched an online version of the HASS Concentration Form, simplifying this process for both students and Concentration Advisors...
February 24, 2014
The Registrar’s Office rolled out its newest digital tool, an online add/drop form, on Jan. 27 — just in time for the beginning of spring term. Like the paper version, the form allows students to add or drop courses, adjust units, change status (for example, from credit to listener), and obtain advisor approval. However, not only is the digital version more convenient and efficient, but it also is equipped with helpful interactive tools.
October 25, 2012
Applying for and understanding financial aid at MIT got much easier for incoming freshmen in 2012 with the implementation of online document tracking and financial aid award letters.
October 25, 2012
The Independent Activities Period (IAP) 2013 website is live and looking good! Redesigned, the website features a new logo and photos of community members at the potter’s wheel, dancing, playing music, and painting. These images reflect the many creative activities that are a hallmark of IAP, which will run in 2013 from Monday, January 7 through Friday, February 1.
February 28, 2012
Registration Day for the Spring term had a different feel this year as the registration process moved to a digital format. On Monday, January 30, 2012, Online Registration opened to all full time MIT students, advisors, and administrators. Initially piloted with 7 departments in Fall, 2011, this was the first full rollout of the application. Early indicators suggest the system was a success. Some interesting statistics:
- 17% of eligible students submitted their registrations before Registration Day on Monday, February 6.
- At the end of Reg Day, 76% of eligible students registered online with 5,815 students registering on Reg Day itself.
- The online registration application experienced 962,000 hits that day, with all of the underlying technical architecture absorbing a high volume of activity with minimal impact on performance.
- By 5:00 PM on Friday, February 10, which was the deadline to register without penalty, 10,107 students (96% of those eligible) registered.
January 3, 2012
In 2009, the MIT Council on Educational Technology (MITCET) charged the Faculty Committee on Learning Management Systems (LMS) to provide strategic guidance on the future of LMS at MIT. MIT needs a more robust LMS with the flexibility and features necessary to support the evolving pedagogical and technological innovations in the classroom.
January 3, 2012
Adapted from a letter to Faculty on December 1, 2011 from Dan Hastings, Dean for Undergraduate Education; Christine Ortiz, Dean for Graduate Education; and Marilyn T. Smith, Head of Information Services and Technology.
A little over a year ago, if you asked faculty, students and staff to describe their experiences with MIT’s Student Information Systems, you would probably hear words like paper-based, outdated, time-consuming, and inflexible. Today, significant progress has been made to modernize these systems and enhance the user experience. If you asked faculty, students, and staff the same question now, you would hear something very different: digitized, online, paperless, robust, efficient, flexible, and streamlined.
November 18, 2011
In the past, Registration Day kicked off each semester with lots of forms and signatures. This paper-based process underwent a sea change this fall, as seven departments, 2,630 students and 184 advisers participated in the first online registration pilot.
September 27, 2011