MIT: Independent Activities Period: IAP

Using the For-Credit IAP Subject Posting System

This page includes instructions on: how to submit subject descriptions for review, renewing IAP subject postings from previous years, posting new subjects, and accessing your current year's postings. It might be helpful to print these instructions as a ready reference while posting a subject description. This page contains instructions only; all subject postings start from your personal IAP For Credit Posting Summary page.

Before you attempt to post a subject, you must obtain posting authorization from IAP staff. To determine if you already have posting authority, please check the IAP Coordinators by Sponsor page. If you are not the authorized IAP Coordinator for your area or have questions about submitting subjects, please contact

In order to post IAP subjects, you must have MIT web certificates. If you don't have web certificates, you may obtain them via the MIT IS&T certificates page.

Note that IAP uses separate systems for posting for-credit subject and non-credit activity listings.  See the Posting Non-Credit Listings page for information on the non-credit activity posting system.

General Instructions: Posting for-Credit IAP Subject Listings

All approved subject listings from a previous IAP are available for "rollover" to the current year. On your IAP Posting summary page, find the listing you want to rollover: If you have more than 20 listings, you need first to select Rollover Candidates' on your summary page.

How to Develop a New Subject

Only department IAP Coordinators may post subjects. On the IAP Department summary page:

How to Develop a Series Posting

A series posting is a listing for which the attendance option is 'Participants/Listeners May Attend Individual Sessions'. When you specify that a subject is a series, individual sessions are displayed online with their title, leaders, and descriptions. To specify that your subject is a series:

How to Work with Your Current Year's Subject Postings

On your IAP summary page: