DUE News - 2007

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  • CrossTalk, the Office of Educational Innovation and Technology (OEIT) seminar series on Educational Change where faculty, staff and students share strategies, solutions, and issues related to transformation in educational practice through the use of information technology, held its last session of the spring term May 22nd, 2007. More than 70 people gathered in the active learning environment of the TEAL 1 classroom to hear faculty share their experiences using and teaching with blogs and wikis in their courses at MIT. The session, moderated by Carter Snowden (OEIT), Sanjoy Mahajan (TLL) and Phillip Long (OEIT), explored how faculty are using these web 2.0 tools in their courses.

  • June is the time of year when students graduate, but it’s also when a few long-time employees begin their retirement. One of them is Yvonne L. Gittens of Student Financial Services, who will say goodbye to the Institute in July after 42 years.

    Gittens began her MIT career in 1965 as a secretary in the Office of Personnel Relations (now Human Resources) and arrived in Student Financial Aid 15 years later through a few twists and turns. She held administrative assistant positions while earning her bachelor’s degree at night and was hoping to become director of the fledgling Office of Child Care, but she was told she wasn’t a candidate because she was two classes shy of having her degree.

  • Infinite Mile Award 2007

    On June 13, fourteen members of DUE were awarded DUE Infinite Mile Awards in recognition of their outstanding contributions and dedication to MIT. As the ceremony began, Dan Hastings noted that it is the dedication and quality of the individuals within DUE that forms the backbone of MIT and “makes this place run” and run well! The following awards were presented:

  • Amy Smith and her D-lab team won $200K at the Global Development Marketplace Competition sponsored by the World Bank in Washington DC. Development Marketplace is a competitive grant program that funds innovative, small-scale development projects that deliver results and have the potential to be expanded or replicated. The team was one of 22 winners selected from 104 finalists and 2900 entrants. They developed technologies that produce affordable, clean-burning cooking charcoal from agricultural waste for use in Haiti.

  • Thousands of students happily pocketed their diplomas earlier this month, though not without a lot of behind-the-scenes work in Student Financial Services (SFS) to get everyone cleared for takeoff.

    Before students are allowed to graduate, they have to pay off any remaining balance on their student accounts. There were 869 undergraduate and graduate students who had declared themselves as degree candidates still owed money to MIT as of May 17. While alternative payment arrangements can sometimes be made at other times during a student’s career, “the policy is that they have to have a zero balance in order to get their degree,” explained Carlene Chisom-Freeman, director of student receivables in SFS.Thus begins the work by DUE to clear these degree holds...

  • On June 8, Adam Madlinger proudly received his bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering at MIT’s commencement. The 22 year-old from Martinsville, New Jersey, had plenty to be proud of; he had been awarded the Henry Ford Scholar Award, given to a senior who maintained a cumulative average of 5.0 at the end of his seventh term and who demonstrates exceptional potential for leadership in engineering and society; and he had been accepted into MIT’s Master of Science in Chemical Engineering Practice, one of the most highly regarded chemical engineering programs in the world.  To celebrate his success, Adam and his family did what most families do…they immediately left for Saratoga Springs, NY to participate in the Adirondack Live Steamers Meet!

  • On Friday afternoon, May 18th, Dean Daniel Hastings hosted a faculty reception in the Bush Room to honor the faculty’s generous “contributions and connections” to DUE.

  • As a result of the Task Force report, our own discussions through the Global Theme team, and the work of the Global Educational Opportunities at MIT (GEOMIT) committee, there is now campus discussion about how we provide an international education for our students. The data from MITCO indicates that some 23% of our students in each class have an international educational experience at some time in their four years with us. There are three big types of experiences. These are study abroad experiences, international work experiences including internships, and international development. In the study abroad category, we have students who participate in the Cambridge MIT Exchange (CME) and MIT Madrid programs run through MITCO as well as departmental programs and student self-created study abroad programs.

  • The Spring 2007 IT Partners Conference featured a panel discussion on academic computing, chaired by Babi Mitra from OEIT. The panel focused on three aspects of academic computing at MIT: institutional support for the academic computing innovation cycle; enterprise-wide academic computing service and; academic computing coordination across the MIT Libraries, DUE and IS&T.

    Babi Mitra(OEIT), Phil Long(OEIT) and Katie Vale(OEIT) presented elements of OEIT’s strategy as well as how OEIT supports the innovation cycle from ‘experiment’ through ‘incubate’ through ‘transition’ to ‘service’, discussed the five programmatic areas that OEIT is focusing on --- Visualization & Simulation, Collaboration Tools, Cross Media Tools, Course and Learning Administration, and, Active Learning Environments, and shared vignettes from some of the programmatic areas including those on image management, STARbio and Second Life. The question to be addressed was as to how OEIT could provide
    the most benefit to MIT education?

    And how could it work best with IT Partners to do this?

  • The Office of Educational Innovation and Technology announced a renewal of an informative and stimulating series, CrossTalk, presenting faculty from MIT, and periodically faculty from elsewhere, talking about core issues at the intersection of teaching, learning and technology. The board goal of the CrossTalk Seminars is to share strategies, solutions, and issues related to transformation in educational practice through the use of information technology.