For the last year, the MIT Council on Educational Technology (MITCET) has been exploring how educational technology could enhance the residentially-based educational experience of students. There is no doubt that MIT provides an outstanding, residentially-based education. MITCET is considering how we take advantage of the significant transitions in information technology, such as the shift toward mobility, cloud computing and the growth in online tools, to increase the flexibility and adaptability of MIT’s educational programs.
The focus is on learning. The question is not what opportunities could educational technology provide. Instead, the question is what curricular and pedagogical approaches could transform the educational experience of MIT students and how could educational technology enable those changes. MIT showed significant leadership with the development of OpenCourseWare (OCW) ten years ago and now it is time to develop the “beyond OCW” strategy.
MITCET has identified modularity as an approach with significant potential to enable transformative educational innovation. This is the idea of providing experiences that are more modular and flexible both in time and geography. We envision many opportunities for the use of modularity at MIT:
MITCET is undertaking a set of experiments in curricular modularization with Mechanical Engineering, Chemistry, EECS and Aero/Astro to test the opportunities in this space. MITCET is also open to student initiated ideas and experiments along these lines. Hal Abelson and I act as MITCET Co-Chairs; please contact us via email@example.com to share your ideas.
Dean for Undergraduate Education
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