DUE News - 2008

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  • Changing any Web site to become more dynamic so that visitors can actually do something at the site is always a large undertaking. Going from mostly display (organization centered) to dynamic (visitor-centered) requires reengineering the content and the navigation schema.

    The Office of Educational Innovation and Technology (OEIT) is undergoing this process, but with a twist: the site, beginning in September 2008, will be integrated into the work of OEIT. It will do more than communicate about work in OEIT, it will actually do some of the work.

  • Have you ever scratched your head about an acronym you encountered at MIT? Have you ever read or contributed to a wiki? If your answer to either question is yes, have a look at the new MIT Acronyms and Abbreviations wiki:


  • The UAAP reports that thirty-four undergraduates are conducting UROP research overseas this summer. This is a significant increase over summer 2007, where twelve students were engaged in internationally-based UROP projects (known as “IROP”).

  • In April 2008, the Faculty approved a major change to the undergraduate program as recommended by the 2006 Task Force on the Undergraduate Educational Commons: allowing undergraduate students who wish to earn a Bachelor of Science (SB) degree with two majors to do so by completing all of the requirements for the SB degree as well as those of a second departmental program. The Faculty also voted to phase out the second SB program (commonly known as “double degrees”), under which students must complete 90 additional units beyond the requirements of the first degree. Thanks to the efforts and support of two DUE offices, the Office of Faculty Support and the Registrar’s Office, this proposal worked its way through the faculty governance system for approval on the faculty floor.

  • The MIT Alumni Class Funds provide seed money to faculty to initiate innovative educational projects that encourage creative curriculum changes and enhance teaching and learning. Prof. Beth Coleman of the Program in Writing and Humanistic Studies and OEIT's Violeta Ivanova PhD'98 are pleased to be among the recipients of the 2008-2009 Alumni Funds for their proposal to develop a new undergraduate subject, which will focus on analysis and application in communication across media that span written language to all forms of visualization and visual culture.

  • 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.

  • Terrascope Youth Radio, a project in which local urban teens produce radio programming on environmental topics, has gotten off to a running start this summer. The program, an NSF-funded partnership between MIT and the City of Cambridge Youth Programs, began in early July and had its first broadcast in early August.

  • Kim VandiverKim Vandiver ’68 has been selected as a recipient of the Harvey Mudd College Alumni Association Outstanding Alumni Award for going above and beyond the requirements as a professor at Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Kim is the Director of the Office of Experiential Learning, Dean for Undergraduate Research, and Professor of Mechanical and Ocean Engineering.

  • This month, close to 60 participants from over twenty countries took part in the second annual International Development Design Summit (IDDS) at MIT. The conference was once again headed by MacArthur ‘genius’ grant winner Amy Smith and was supported by a team of over twenty organizers and mentors who selected from previous IDDS participants. Amy spoke at the final presentations about the huge diversity of the group and highlighted that they were “students and teachers, professors and pastors, economists and engineers, masons and mechanics, doctors, welders, farmers and community organizers”. The central idea behind bringing such a huge variety of people together is that of co-creation, as Amy put it, “the concept that it is better to provide communities with the skills and tools they need
    to create technologies, rather than just giving them the technologies themselves”.

  • The Mentor Advocate Partnership (MAP) is a volunteer mentoring program for MIT students that seek to foster their holistic development along both academic and non-academic dimensions. The OME created MAP because building strong relationships throughout the college experience plays an integral role in academic success and personal satisfaction at MIT. At the core of MAP is a sincere, trusting partnership between a student and staff/faculty that has the potential to persist throughout the undergraduate years. In its second year, MAP was expanded to involve 16 new mentors and 33 freshmen. Three OME Deans and the OME Faculty Director continued to mentor 17 sophomores through the program.