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  • In the spring of 2011, with the full implementation of online subject evaluations and significant improvements to Who’s Teaching What, MIT moved to an entirely online evaluation system. The new system is more flexible, timely and accurate and eliminates nearly 40,000 paper forms each semester.

  • online gradingAs the end of the semester approaches, participants in the MIT Online Grading pilot will find the process of submitting final grades less stressful. The new Online Grading System replaces a predominantly paper-based process with a more flexible and streamlined process.

  • In March 2010, the Athena Working Group was chartered by Dean Daniel Hastings and Marilyn Smith, Head of IS&T, to develop a set of recommendations around public student printing and the Athena clusters. This was in direct response to the two Institute-wide Planning Task Force recommendations focused on Athena: 1) the need for a “greener” printing process on Athena which reduced waste; 2) an assessment of the efficient use of space currently dedicated to Athena Clusters.

    As input, the Working Group conducted a detailed analysis of the utilization of Athena clusters, the support cost, and the cost of Athena student printing, including supplies. At the same time, the Undergraduate Association administered the UA Committee of Student Life Athena and Printing Survey during March-April 2010 in which 1,531 undergraduates participated. Both the UA and the Student Information Processing Board (SIPB) were involved in the Working Group.

    In mid-September, the Working Group delivered its phase one recommendations to Dan Hastings and Marilyn Smith as well as the MIT Council on Educational Technology.

  • On July 1, Information Services and Technology (IS&T) announced a new organizational structure focused on the major Institute functions – education, research, and administration.

    New IS&T Organizational Structure - as layers

    The new organization is working to provide simpler, user-centered systems that cost less to maintain. It’s also striving to improve consistency in project and service delivery and to develop innovative uses of IT that provide long-term strategic advantage to the Institute through collaboration with key partners and sponsors. While DUE staff may interact with many areas within the new IS&T organization, we primarily intersect through Education Systems and Customer Support.

  • The NGS3 program is moving forward with work to support the goal of creating an effective, sustainable, and user-centric means of delivering student services to faculty, students, and staff. As a follow-up to last year’s Student System VISION Study, the NGS3 program is in its planning and strategy phase, which involves a number of planning projects. Although the pace of our work has been impacted by budget constraints, the program continues to be supported by the Institute.

  • This spring the Office of Faculty Support (OFS), in collaboration with staff from the Office of Educational Innovation and Technology and Information Services and Technology, developed and piloted a new Who’s Teaching What (WTW) system and an online subject evaluation system. Twenty-two subjects from four departments (Chemical Engineering, Philosophy, Literature, and Physics) participated in the pilot.

  • Goal

    The goal of the IT theme is synonymous with the goal of the Student System Vision Study: to develop a next generation Student System vision that will support the evolving needs of the MIT community and improve the student experience. The entire MIT community-- students, faculty, staff and alumni-- rely on MIT student information systems to provide excellent service in over 115 critical core business applications such as managing admissions, academic and financial records. The Vision Study is a large scale project that will engage the whole MIT community and provide a road map to support future student information system. This vision will understand from a user perspective how we can maximize service, minimize complexity, provide a seamless end-to-end experience and support face-to-face interactions.

    Besides facilitating many administrative aspects of day to day life and learning at MIT, student information systems (SIS) are part of the infrastructure that insures excellent teaching and learning. These systems will be essential to enabling recommendations of the Task Force on the Educational Commons such as increased emphasis on global education and changes to the General Institute Requirements.

  • A key recommendation of the ad hoc committee on the reorganization of academic computing services was that the Libraries, DUE and IS&T work together more closely to ensure that faculty have easy and coordinated (seamless) access to all academic computing services. A core group convened by Vijay Kumar and comprising Oliver Thomas from IS&T, Steve Gass from the Libraries, and Babi Mitra from DUE-OEIT has been established for this purpose. The group, now called ACCORD for ‘Academic Computing CoORDination Group’, has been meeting over the past few weeks to craft its charter, mission, scope and process going ahead.

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