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1 Alex Springer MISTIx Ambassador

2 The international MITx student Suggestions for improvements Future course suggestions How to capitalize on MISTIx Ambassadors Overview

3 23 registered, 9 came All men, years old Most have C.S. background, one from life sciences MITx Meet-Up Group

4 Review/relearn material from undergrad at the MIT-level Passionate about learning new things Like the assignments Enjoy helping others as community TAs Reasons for Enrolling

5 Video sizes are too large Offer lower resolution videos for downloading Post video lengths at the top of lecture sequence bars Course Videos Video Time Video Time Video Time

6 Offer class progressions that build upon one another Ex: 6.002, 6.003, 6.004, etc. Synchronize courses Offer at the same time Summer courses Term based course offerings Project based courses Course Offerings

7 Students desire advanced and graduate-level courses Student collaboration opportunities Integrate unsolved real-world problems for students to solve Crowd source solutions: Poly Math ProjectPoly Math Project For pre-reqs, point to resources for students to learn material before the course Course Offerings

8 Announce courses from MIT ASAP, even if a few years off Impatient students may resort to starting their own courses if not offered soon enough 6.003z Course Announcements

9 Special certificates for students who complete multiple courses in a degree track Ex: 6.002, 6.003, 6.004, etc. – The Online C.S. Degree Graded certificates in addition to mastery certificates Paid certificates with proctored exams Second offering of 6.002x Worldwide accessibility to test centers Course Certificates

10 Experiment with courses with strict deadlines and no deadlines Mixed reactions from students on Coursera penalty for extended deadlines Keep assignment graders open after deadlines Always include a weekend for exam periods Include local time converter from UTC time Deadlines

11 Flexibility Include future directions and applications Course Road Map of future courses Provide extension projects and labs Heavy application focus Largest problem for students is retention Course Content

12 Student and Professor interactions Include challenge problems or tags Could even offer an advanced certificate for students who complete all advanced problems Incorporate a badge system for completing tasks The Student Experience

13 6.002x Allow more than one circuit to be saved in circuit building software 6.00x Use only one teacher to teach the entire course Course Specific Recommendations

14 Keep forums like the first 6.002x forum Problems with current forum: Difficult to search for topics Lots of bugs No alerts if your thread gets answered or progress Maintain upvoting feature of old forum Continue competitions from 6.002x Students were given free textbooks for producing videos or projects Create an MITx-type discussion forum for OCW courses Course Forum

15 Breadth of courses Advanced subject matter Disliked embedded quizzes in videos Textbooks must be purchased Comprehensive course notes Greater interactivity Dashboard for all current courses Vibrant discussion platform Truly free – no need to purchase textbooks Greater difficulty in courses MITx/edX vs. Other MOOCs

16 Continuity in courses Grad-level course offerings Proctored exams Earlier course announcements Primary Concerns

17 Any continuation of C.S. courses 6.003x, 6.004x, 6.006x, etc. Math: 18.06**, 18.03, 18.02, Foreign languages Music IOS/Android App development Bioengineering Future Course Suggestions

18 Meet with university professors or high school teachers Give information sessions Organize meetups Create study groups Interact with online students Conduct pedagogical research Utilizing MISTIx Ambassadors

19 Informational Session

20 Student Meetups

21 Create directed and organized trainings Provide support and resources while abroad Set specific goals and tasks Be open minded about reaching through different cultures Provide opportunity to report results Utilize MISTIx alumni for mentorship How to help MISTIx Ambassadors

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