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What Does the Future of Education Look Like at MIT?

What Does the Future of Education Look Like at MIT? | Educational Technology in Higher Education | Scoop.it
MIT is about to undergo a new period of "educational experimentation."
President L. Rafael Reif addressed the MIT community Monday, sharing the final report of the Institute-wide Task Force on... (What does the future of education look like at MIT?
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What Happens When People in Pakistan Start Taking MIT Classes?

What Happens When People in Pakistan Start Taking MIT Classes? | Educational Technology in Higher Education | Scoop.it
Massive online courses known as MOOCs are opening up elite education opportunities for those who wouldn't otherwise have them.
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New online learning tool brings 'the crowd' into homework assignments - MIT News Office

New online learning tool brings 'the crowd' into homework assignments - MIT News Office | Educational Technology in Higher Education | Scoop.it
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MIT OpenCourseWare in the New Era of Online Learning

On April 4, 2001, MIT announced an online learning proposal that flew in the face of conventional wisdom regarding the then-nascent field of online education. Rather than pursuing a for-profit distance learning venture of the kind pursued by many top universities at the time, the Institute proposed using the Internet to share the by-products of its campus teaching – including syllabi, lecture notes, assignments, and exams – free of cost and using open license that encouraged redistribution and modification. MIT saw the effort as a way to improve formal and informal learning worldwide, primarily by providing resources to educators, and also as a way to encourage other universities to share their intellectual riches rather bestowing them only on those who could afford to pay.

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MIT to develop new Open Learning Enterprise unit for online learning

MIT to develop new Open Learning Enterprise unit for online learning | Educational Technology in Higher Education | Scoop.it

The main instructor who developed the first MITx course, Professor Anant Agarwal, Professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, has been appointed by the Provost to set up a new unit:

‘an Open Learning Enterprise (working title) at MIT, which is charged with developing a robust, open-source technology platform for interactive, pedagogically effective online learning, and working with MIT faculty to create content to be hosted on the platform.

Dr. Agarwal’s initial goals are the rapid organization of the enterprise, the rapid development of a technology platform for online courses and the development of high-quality MITx subjects.

MIT will make the open-learning software available free of cost, so that others… can leverage the same software for their online education offerings.

MITx will be coupled with an Institute-wide research initiative into online learning that will study how students, whether on campus or part of a virtual community, learn most effectively.’

 

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MIT OCW Scholar Launches the First of Its 2012 Classes: Linear Algebra

MIT OCW Scholar Launches the First of Its 2012 Classes: Linear Algebra | Educational Technology in Higher Education | Scoop.it

At the 10 year anniversary of MIT OpenCourseWare last spring, the university and the larger opencourseware movement had a lot to say about what was next for the open education initiative. Over 100 million people had already accessed the content that the university had made freely and openly available, true, but it seemed clear that more could be done to really magnify the impact of the resources.

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MITx MOOC brings MIT-level challenge to study of foundational mechanical engineering topic

MITx MOOC brings MIT-level challenge to study of foundational mechanical engineering topic | Educational Technology in Higher Education | Scoop.it
2.03x Dynamics MOOC tracks very closely to experience of the residential version An MITx course announced today will give students a chance to learn a foundational mechanical engineering subject at...
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MOOCs, MIT and Magic | Tony Bates - online learning and distance education resources

MOOCs, MIT and Magic | Tony Bates -  online learning and distance education resources | Educational Technology in Higher Education | Scoop.it

Why is MIT ignoring 25 years of research into online learning and 100 years research into how students learn in its design of online courses?


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This blogpost is a detailed account by Tony Bates of why he thinks this is the case and what the implications of this observation are for educational research and instructional design. He first discusses four presentations that were given at MIT's recent LINC 2013 (Learning International Networks Consortium) conference. These presentations (by MIT's Sanjay Sarma, Sir John Daniel, edX's Anant Agarwal and Tony Bates) each cover a different point from which to view online learning, specifically MOOCs. Tony Bates then goes on to focus on how MIT in particular approaches online teaching with its edX platform. As indicated, he is rather disappointed with it, as MIT seem to ignore previous and often excellent past educational research. To single out two of his comments: For its MOOCs MIT uses lecture capturing as its main technology, this fits in with their behaviourist approach to teaching. 25 years of research at open universities, spearheaded by the Open University in the UK, has not only revealed the limited effectiveness of such an approach, it also has come up with a wealth of alternatives. In spite of what MIT seems to think, these can reenact the richness of informal communications that MIT claims their campus-based teaching (and the corridors and coffee corners in its buildings, I would add) offers. 

 

This observation of the state of affairs of educational research at MIT is all the more interesting as it is my impression (see my blogpost on this: http://tiny.cc/tj3bzw) that Harvard, MIT's founding partner institution in edX, takes a much more sophisticated approach to the role educational research could and should play. To them, edX is a means to carry out such research and they are aware of what insights educational research has already brought us. Nevertheless, the lack of impact of educational research could not be a matter of lack of knowledge, but a lack of status of instructional designers (as Tony Bates suggests may be the case at MIT) (@pbsloep)

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MIT Appoints First Director of Digital Learning in an Effort to Bring Online Education into the Classroom

MIT Appoints First Director of Digital Learning in an Effort to Bring Online Education into the Classroom | Educational Technology in Higher Education | Scoop.it
The school that pioneered online education is now welcoming its first director of digital learning.
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What MIT Should Have Done

Ten thousand students have just taken the final exam in MITx's course "6.002x Circuits and Electronics." The sheer size of this course (120,000 first registered back in March), the high-wattage backing of MIT for a certificate of completion to all those who make it through to the end, and the free, open access nature of this MOOC (a "massive open online course") seemingly ushers in a fundamentally new paradigm in higher education. When coupled with the recent headlines about similar ventures such as Coursera, Udacity, and MIT's own new partnership with Harvard to form edX, the policy world has been positively aglow: David Brooks calls it a "campus tsunami"; John Chubb proclaims it an "historic transformation"; Thomas Friedman writes, simply, "welcome to the college education revolution."

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MIT's New Free Courses May Threaten (and Improve) the Traditional Model, Program's Leader Says

MIT's New Free Courses May Threaten (and Improve) the Traditional Model, Program's Leader Says | Educational Technology in Higher Education | Scoop.it

The recent announcement that Massachusetts Institute of Technology would give certificates around free online course materials has fueled further debate about whether employers may soon welcome new kinds of low-cost credentials. Questions remain about how MIT’s new service will work, and what it means for traditional college programs.

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MIT launches online learning initiative

MIT launches online learning initiative | Educational Technology in Higher Education | Scoop.it
'MITx' will offer courses online and make online learning tools freely available.
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