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  • Construction on the W1 residence hall will be paused as a precautionary measure amid general economic uncertainty.

    Administrators said MIT remains committed to completing the $90 million renovation of W1, formerly known as Ashdown House, but the current economic environment calls for thoughtful deliberation around the project's timing. The building, which for many years served as a graduate residence hall, had been scheduled to become an undergraduate residence beginning in 2010.

  • The Office of Educational Innovation and Technology (OEIT) and the MIT Council on Educational Technology (MITCET) are pleased to announce the annual Microsoft Research iCampus Technology Innovation Student (MRiTIS) Prize. Made possible by a generous endowment by Microsoft Research following the completion of the iCampus initiative, the MRiTIS Prize recognizes innovative applications of information technology to enhance education and/or improve student life.

  • On Wednesday September 24th, the Freshman/Alumni Summer Internship Program (F/ASIP) held an orientation event to welcome 107 new students into the program. Now in its 12th year, F/ASIP provides tools to help students assess their interests, explore careers and navigate the internship search process. We also serve as a community in which students and alumni can network with employers, alumni and each other.

    F/ASIP received 136 applications this year – a 23.6% increase over last year. This new class of F/ASIP students hails from 29 states and 15 countries. In addition:

  • A special gathering of practitioners, planners, project PIs, sponsors and other interested parties who are involved with efforts around the development, discovery and dissemination of digital educational and scholarly content is scheduled for November 5th and 6th at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, co-hosted by MIT’s Office of Educational Innovation and Technology (OEIT) and the Persee project at the University Lumiere Lyon II.

  • The Extraordinary Learning @ MIT Video, which highlights curriculum innovation at MIT, is now available on the DUE website at:


    If you haven’t stopped at the Lobby 7 kiosk to watch the video, take minute to check it out. Please add a link to the video from your websites if you feel it is appropriate.

  • As anyone who has watched the financial markets knows, these are uncertain times. Some of you in DUE may be wondering how the economic crisis may affect us. I will give you my best estimate as I see it now.

    We should first note that DUE’s mission places us at the educational center of MIT. If the mission-critical work in DUE were to stop then MIT as we know it would stop. MIT itself is in a strong position. Under the leadership of President Hockfield, this year we have a balanced budget. As she noted in her recent message to the community, our new spending policy will provide a more consistent return to the MIT operating policy. That being said, I believe we should expect leaner times in the MIT budget in the next few years as the economy recovers from the present crisis.

  • As part of its annual roster of Breakthrough Awards for “life-changing innovations,” Popular Mechanics magazine has awarded its top honors to MIT Senior Lecturer Amy B. Smith, for her work fostering low-tech solutions to problems in developing nations. Full article: http://web.mit.edu/newsoffice/2008/smith-award-1016.html  As part of the Edgerton Center, Amy Smith created D-Lab, co-founded the International Development Initiative, and cocreated the IDEAS Competition.

  • The interest in the use of images in teaching at MIT is on the rise. ACCORD, a collaborative initiative of the Office of the Dean for Undergraduate Education, Information Services & Technology, the Libraries, and OpenCourseWare, has initiated a program to inform and assist faculty and teaching staff in easily accessing services to support their use of images for teaching.

    Faculty in Humanities, Architecture, Social Sciences, and increasingly in Engineering and Science have access to a large number of image resources as well as tools to use images. It is not always clear which resources and tools are best for what applications and how to get support for use of the images and tools. Often these services, including help in locating, managing, tagging, presenting, and archiving images, come from different organizations within MIT or from outside MIT.

  • As noted in a previous article, the Extraordinary Learning @ MIT video is available on the DUE site. However, the video itself is hosted on TechTV. We have created a DUE collection on TechTV which currently contains only the Extraordinary Learning video: http://techtv.mit.edu/collections/duevideos.

  • While many of you have probably heard about the Diversity Leadership Congress scheduled for November 18, this summary should clarify the details. A number of people from DUE, who are most responsible for creating a culture of diversity, will be participating in the Congress. You can choose to participate via remote viewing locations that will be announced soon. A video of the Congress will also be available for you to view afterwards. DUE will be looking for opportunities to discuss the outcomes of the Congress and generate more ideas within DUE.