Next Generation Systems News - 2012

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  • 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.

    Chart on Comulative Percentage of Eligible Students who Registered by Date within the  Registration Period

  • 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.

  • 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to describe their experiences with MIT’s Student Information Systems, you would probably hear words like paper-based, outdated, time-consuming, and inflexible.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.