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  • As a MacVicar Faculty Fellow, Ian Waitz is among a select group of faculty who have been honored for exemplary and sustained contributions to the teaching and education of undergraduates at MIT. Earlier this year, Waitz became dean of the School of Engineering, which comprises more than a third of the Institute’s faculty and nearly half its students. Waitz brings the same energy for education to the Institute's largest school, and, he hopes, to the world beyond MIT.


  • Academic Writing in the 21st Century: Looking Forward
    Date: Saturday October 29, 2011
    Location: Room 10-250
    Time: 9am-5pm
    Click here to register - registration is required but is free.

  • Deadline for 2011 MIT Excellence Awards is Monday, October 24
    Nominate a Colleague Today!

    Team and individual nominations for the MIT Excellence Awards are being accepted online. Awards are for MIT employees in any position who set a high standard of performance and are role models for others. It’s not what they do, it’s how they do it! Nominations can be made in six different categories:

  • Screen shot of new student life and learning digestAs part of an ongoing, collaborative effort among the Chancellor, the Dean for Student Life, the Dean for Graduate Education, and the Dean for Undergraduate Education to improve student engagement and communication, we launched a monthly Student Life and Learning Digest on October 4th.  The digest is a way for us to share information around topics that are important to students as well as a way to ra

  • Geochemical mapping fieldwork in Morocco. Analysis of agricultural product design and technology in China. Investigation into microfinance in India. Field testing of the Leveraged Freedom Chair in Guatemala…

    These are just a few of the research projects conducted by MIT undergraduates as part of the International Research Opportunities Program (IROP) during the 2010-2011 academic year and summer 2011. Students conducted research around the world in 18 different countries including Ecuador, Senegal, and South Korea.

  • Screen shot of GECD homepageMIT Global Education & Career Development (GECD) announced the launch of their new website gecd.mit.edu, designed with a fresh new look, a user-friendly approach and updated content about career, internship/job search, global education, and graduate school opportunities and solutions. The primary objective for the new GECD website is to provide effective tools for enhanced planning and decision-making to help students realize their goals. A few highlights:

  • DUE's Office of Educational Innovation and Technology is pleased to announce our new initiative in educational visualization: ARTEMiS (short for "ART for Engineering, Mathematics, and Science"). Using principles of visual communication and the tools of modern computer graphics, the ARTEMiS team creates visualizations that enhance teaching and learning in mathematics, science, and engineering. Our work includes 3D and 2D animations, print graphics, and interactive media.

  • Navy ROTC Training on DestroyerNavy ROTC Summer Training is called a “Summer Cruise”, but don’t let the name fool you. The government isn’t sending its future military leaders on a luxury Carnival vacation. There are no hot tubs, late mornings, or water slides. Instead, the military is sending aspiring Naval and Marine Officers to attain valuable military training. This year 26 members of the MIT Old Ironsides Battalion – 16 from MIT, 8 from Harvard, and 2 from Tufts - participated in Summer Cruises.

  • DUE is working with the MIT Council on Educational Technology (MITCET) to explore the idea of modularity applied to teaching and the curriculum. Modularity here means that content would be delivered in small chunks with embedded learning outcomes and analytics (e.g two week segments). Underlying this effort are three key advances that provide the basis for rethinking MIT’s residentially-based science and technology-centered education:

    1. Several years of experiments and data gathering on best practices in engineering and science education have shown substantially improved learning gains associated with rapid, focused feedback (see for example, the Journal of Engineering Education).
    2. Online educational technology tools have been developed that enable fine-grain analysis of learning at the individual student level.
    3. We have gained an increased understanding of the educational value and contribution of co-curricular educational experiences to the residentially-based education at MIT.

    With the combination of these ideas...

  • Image of DoctorThis spring, Prehealth Advising, part of Global Education and Career Development (GECD), will launch the sixth installment of the annual MIT Physician Shadow Program. The goal of the MIT Physician Shadow Program is to provide MIT Prehealth students with the opportunity to observe a typical work day for a physician, and gain exposure to a healthcare environment. The MIT Physician Shadow Program is one of many options that Prehealth Advising encourages students participate in as a way to explore careers in healthcare or medicine and begin preparing for their medical school application. Interested students can sign up for a half or full day shadowing experience at Children’s Hospital Boston, Massachusetts General Hospital, or Tufts Medical Center. In 2011, the MIT Physician Shadow Program connected 89 students with 53 physicians from these three hospitals.