About IAP: Role of the IAP Coordinator
IAP Coordinators encourage colleagues in their department, laboratory, center, office, or student group to offer and to attend IAP activities. These individuals are typically authorized for this role by the head of the sponsoring group.
Subject and activity planners should consider the following:
- Design opportunities for faculty and others to try new teaching methods and learning formats that may improve the regular academic program.
- Offer short courses and seminars for credit, as well as publicize opportunities for independent study.
- Develop more Institute-wide activities to help create a sense of community at MIT.
- Create programs that promote student-faculty interaction.
- Develop programs appealing to freshmen
The IAP Coordinator serves as the source of information about IAP resources, policies, and procedures for his/her area, and should be familiar with basic IAP guidelines outlined on the Non-Credit Activities: Guidelines and For-Credit Subjects: Guidelines pages. The online MIT Bulletin also contains IAP policy information.
IAP Coordinators are expected to:
- Advise activity leaders on the details of organizing their offerings, such as the availability of rooms and departmental funding.
- Help students seeking independent projects by identifying faculty or other resource people who can advise them.
- Review for appropriateness all departmental offerings submitted via the non-credit activity IAP posting system.