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1 Educational and Technology at MIT M.S. Vijay Kumar Senior Associate Dean & Director, Office of Educational Innovation and Technology Office of the Dean of Undergraduate Education, MIT

2 2 Design by Brian Chan PhD student at MIT

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4 Our focus is on developing skills and attitudes, which include Leadership and communication, Comfort and experience with modern and old technologies, Confidence, Judgment, Decisiveness, and the ability to manage risk

5 5 It is the most often cited program in alumni success stories. 85% of all MIT students do at least one UROP project by the time they graduate. 900 students are engaged in UROP projects each summer. Office of the Dean for Undergraduate Education

6 6 Vehicle design summit--2006 Inspired by Robyn Allen and Anna Jaffe Goal: Design and build 5 energy efficient vehicles in 9 weeks. Results: 46 students, 9 countries $250K raised 4 vehicles built 1 Full length Discovery Channel film Phase II underway Office of the Dean for Undergraduate Education

7 7 Vehicle design summit, Phase II, 2007-2008 Goal: Design and build one production prototype of a 200 mpg commuter vehicle 15 teams linked by state of the art design and collaboration tools over the internet. Management and system integration at MIT. Assembly in Italy, this coming summer. Office of the Dean for Undergraduate Education

8 8 Bicycle Ambulance Project: Jessica Vechakul in Zambia, 2005-2007 By 2006 six ambulances were in use and in 2007 WHO placed a large order. Veuthey and Maria Luckyanova learn about the fitment process for a below-knee amputee during their intensive introduction to Prosthetics in Jaipur, India. Students Present Project Vac-Cast in May 2007, and win the Lemelson-MIT Award at the MIT IDEAS Competition This spring Goutam Reddy taught a hands on subjectSP.714 Developing World Prosthetics to 18 students

9 9 Hands-On Experiences for an Increasingly Complex and Connected World ( Office of Educational Innovation and Technology )

10 10 Early exposure to Research tools and Experience This type of hands-on interaction with the molecule provides levels of insights that are not possible by viewing static images on a page on a computer screen -Graham Walker -Used by 1000 MIT students; 300 High School students -StarBiogene, StarHydro, StarHPC Research Tools for Learning StarBiochem Office of the Dean for Undergraduate Education

11 11 Office of the Dean for Undergraduate Education Utilizing Powerful Simulation Tools 16.00AJ - Fundamentals of Engineering Design

12 12 GIS Interface for Planning Extra Vehicular Activity in Space 16.00AJ - Fundamentals of Engineering Design

13 13 Learning Spaces Microscale Engineering for the Life Sciences, (6.07J).: Professors Dennis Freeman, Martha Gray, and Dr. Alexander Aranyosi (dArbeloff support Project Based Course) –Develop research ideas in teams –Table-top microscopy experiments along with specialized computational resources Flexible Space for Project Based Experiences (Task Force) Office of the Dean for Undergraduate Education

14 14 Innovative Learning Environments Move away from large passive lectures Intellectual Commons Demonstrate intellectual and educational leadership by making materials freely available to the world Inter-Institutional Collaboration Explore new ways to collaborate with other universities and private industry Extended University Community Use technology to enhance on-campus education and engage members of the community, both alumni and the public

15 15 Project based Collaborative engineering design Curriculum for design fundamentals Simulation tools On-line collaboration environments Peer-review assessment tools. Robot World

16 16 MIT OpenCourseware 1800 courses Site Highlights Syllabus Course Calendar Lecture Notes Exams Problem/Solution Sets Labs and Projects Video Lectures

17 17 Professor Richard Hall LaTrobe University in Melbourne, Australia, now teaching information systems, beginning microprocessors, and advanced computer-aided software engineering. OCW saved him an enormous amount of time and stress. I was delighted by the way the material is so coherently presented. It is truly inspiring to see this level of excellence. Making a Difference – Educator Use

18 18 Kunle Adejumo, Engineering student at Ahmadu Bello University in Zaria, Nigeria Last semester, I had a course in metallurgical engineering. I didnt have notes, so I went to OCW. I downloaded a course outline on this, and also some review questions, and these helped me gain a deeper understanding of the material. Making a Difference – Student Use

19 19 Accelerating Global Movement Higher Education

20 20 iLabs: Extending Access to MIT Nuclear Reactor Laboratory (MIT-NRL) If You Cant Come to the Lab… the Lab Will Come to You! (Earth at 89 GHz; courtesy of J. Grahn, Chalmers U. & J. del Alamo)

21 21 iLabs at MIT Microelectronics device characterization (EECS, deployed 1998) Shake table (Civil Eng., deployed 2004) Dynamic signal analyzer (EECS, deployed 2004) Polymer crystallization (Chem. E., deployed 2003) Heat exchanger (Chem. E., deployed 2001)

22 22 iLabs Elsewhere University of Queensland DUT iLabs- Several in EE Zhejiang University 50 Net Labs today (Electronic, Power and Automation/Controls) Strong interest in adopting iLabs electromotor system elevator system triple-tank system

23 23 iLab Vision Order of magnitude more lab experiences More lab time to users/researchers Transforming hands-on to minds-on engagement with real science and engineering environments Worldwide community of discussion, discourse and analysis based on shared experiments Office of the Dean for Undergraduate Education

24 24 Open Education Vision Elements Blended Learning –Intelligently combine the physical and the virtual (MIRTLE)(MIRTLE) –Integrate conventional pedagogy with net-learning to deliver quality (relevant) educational opportunities –Intelligent combinations of formal and non-formal Boundary-less Education –Beyond Geo-political: Research-Teaching Disciplines -- Thematic and World Problem based Teacher-Learner Expert-Novice Off-Campus-On Campus Living-Learning

25 Linked Learning: Flashback/forward Professor Karen Willcox, MIT Dept. of Aeronautics & Astronautics Teaches required aero/astro course to MIT juniors Surprised to find many MIT students were less proficient in relevant math than she expected For example, even though I relied heavily on material from [Differential Equations], I had no idea how it was being taught -- or what was being taught. Now refers students to relevant OCW course sites, with problem sets, as a flashback to what math they need to understand for her course Down the line, Id like to bring more of the technology into the classroom, so that while I was giving a lecture, I could give them a flashback to something they had seen in a previous course… This will create better linkages, and to fully integrate the learning experience.

26 26 The Carnegie Foundations Book on Open Education (August2008, MIT Press)

27 27 Context: MIT Core Values Students & Faculty ProximityMITs core advantages are its reputation and its ability to bring together world-class students and faculty Inseparability of education and research The faculty value both research and teaching highly, and would be uncomfortable with proposals that decrease the research emphasis Research and teaching should continue to be linked and synergistic Improving the quality of the on-campus experience is a high priority Uniqueness of the MIT community Preserving the quality of the MIT community is a high priority, and strengthening it is desirable MIT is unwilling to compromise on student standards for enrollment in degree programs Intimate student/faculty interactions should be preserved and enhanced Faculty time is the limiting resource in innovation MIT valuesExcellence: MIT should be an intellectual leader in all of its chosen fields Entrepreneurship: The culture of entrepreneurship and faculty autonomy must be preserved Single- class faculty: Any expansion of the faculty would need to adhere to MITs relatively tight definition of faculty, in which all faculty participate in teaching, research and service.

28 As we attempt to conceive educational experiences that provide our students with the knowledge, skills and attitudes essential to success, we are mindful of the quote from Yeats that ……..

29 Education is not the filling of a pail, but the lighting of a fire

30 30 Thank You The Carnegie Foundations Book on Open Education (August2008, MIT Press) The Carnegie Foundations Book on Open Education (Winter 2008, MIT Press )

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