24-Week Course, Launching June 30, Provides Personalized Training for the Four Million-Plus Unfilled Cybersecurity Jobs Globally

3D rendering of activated white and blue firewall, overlaid on image of server room data center
3D rendering of activated white and blue firewall, overlaid on image of server room data center
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With ransomware, malware, phishing and other cyber-attacks threatening the security of companies, government entities, and organizations across the globe, a timely new Professional Certificate in Cybersecurity will launch on June 30 from MIT xPRO. The intensive 24-week online learning program, delivered through Emeritus, trains professionals to mitigate and combat digital security threats, and builds upon recognized security principles from the National Institute of Standards & Technology (NIST).

Led by eight faculty from MIT’s Sloan School of Management and its Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory (CSAIL), the new MIT xPro Cybersecurity course will begin with a study of baseline fundamentals…


MIT instructors honored for creating multidimensional, multidisciplinary online courses that help learners everywhere address real-world problems.

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Professional headshots of 5 men and 1 woman
The 2021 MITx Prize winners (clockwise from top left): professors Jonathan Gruber, Andrew Lo, and Harvey Lodish; alumnus Shomesh Chaudhuri ’14, ’18; and graduate students Kate Koch and Zied Ben Chaouch.

MIT Open Learning

On May 14, six MIT instructors were honored with the 2021 MITx Prize for Teaching and Learning in MOOCs. The prize, established in 2016, honors excellence in creating Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) for MITx on edX. Anyone in the MIT community can submit nominations, including MITx MOOC creators, and awardees are selected by the MITx Faculty Advisory Committee.

The award was given to two courses this year, honoring faculty and instructors from four disciplines. Jonathan Gruber, Ford Professor of Economics, was honored for his 14.01x (AP Microeconomics) course, which uses MIT materials geared toward high school…


“I think if you look at OCW, you see the power of an idea,” says alum and OCW user Abhay Parekh

Man in sweater stands with arms folded, smiling at the camera.
Man in sweater stands with arms folded, smiling at the camera.

Abhay Parekh ‘SM ’86, PhD ‘92

When Abhay Parekh, who earned his doctorate in Electrical Engineering from MIT in 1992, first heard of MIT OpenCourseWare, he immediately recognized the potential of the program. “Having grown up in India, I didn’t really feel as a high school student that I had access to all the information that I wanted. If I had the opportunity to take advantage of something like OpenCourseWare I would have had way more fun learning.”

Parekh became an early supporter and member of the OCW External Advisory Board in the early 2000s, directing his gift to help…


By Sonam Singh, Georgia Tech | Digital Credentials Consortium

The Digital Credentials Consortium (DCC) is a collaboration between twelve institutions across the world with the goal of creating a centralized platform or standard for academic credentials across universities and other education providers so that students can easily receive, store, and share their credential records. This one-stop solution will enable admission committees and employers to ensure credential accuracy, detect fraudulent credentials, and engage in a holistic assessment of a student’s skills.

Broadly speaking, this project involves three kinds of tools:

  1. A tool that issues credentials
  2. A tool that claims credentials
  3. A…


Abigael Bamgboye set a course for success in engineering and business management through the MITx MicroMasters® program in Data and Economic Development Policy.

Young woman holds up an MITx MicroMasters program completion certificate.
Young woman holds up an MITx MicroMasters program completion certificate.
“There are so many ways that the MicroMasters has enhanced my life,” says Abigael Bamgboye, a recent graduate of Imperial College London, who is currently employed at Bain & Company. “Having done the [program], I now have a level of confidence I wouldn’t otherwise have had.” Photo courtesy of Abigael Bamgboye.

Kate Stringer | MIT Open Learning

A number of pervasive myths surround online learning: that it’s isolating, that the quality of instruction is innately lower than in an in-person classroom, or that it’s only for those who can’t succeed in traditional educational settings.

Abigael Bamgboye, an accomplished and highly self-motivated university graduate who just completed the MITx MicroMasters® Data and Economic Development Policy (DEDP) program, gives the lie to all these myths.

Instead of feeling isolated, Bamgboye connected with communities of learners around the world. Instead of experiencing a watered-down version of graduate studies, she discovered a challenging and rewarding…


Researcher offers science-backed mental wellness tips for students and educators

Illustration of the brain and neural networks.
Illustration of the brain and neural networks.

MITili

Dr. Clemens Bauer is currently a research affiliate at the MIT GabLab. He has had a longtime interest in understanding the neural correlates of subjective first-person experiences, in particular, the mechanisms underlying the interactions between mind/brain and body. Bauer has recently done work in using a novel real-time neurofeedback system that is personalized and is able to enhance mental training and reconfigure brain function. This has proven helpful in patients with treatment resistant schizophrenia to learn how to regain control of their minds by means of meditation, thus helping them improve their psychopathology.

Bauer also believes there may be…


Responsible AI for Social Empowerment and Education (RAISE) seeks to empower more people to participate in, and benefit from, AI.

Daniel Ackerman | MIT News Office

A new cross-disciplinary research initiative at MIT aims to promote the understanding and use of AI across all segments of society. The effort, called Responsible AI for Social Empowerment and Education (RAISE), will develop new teaching approaches and tools to engage learners in settings from preK-12 to the workforce.

“People are using AI every day in our workplaces and our private lives. It’s in our apps, devices, social media, and more. It’s shaping the global economy, our institutions, and ourselves. Being digitally literate is no longer enough. …


Isioma Osubor MIT ‘21

“MIT students love classes grounded in data and facts.”

This statement has followed me for much of my undergraduate career at MIT. As a person double-minoring in Literature and Management, though, it does not ring true. In fact, it bothers me when students, in all their variety of interests and multitudes, are reduced to this statement.

May 12 xTalk speaker Bruno Verdini sees beyond this statement. In 2016, Verdini took over teaching 11.011, otherwise known as the Art & Science of Negotiation, and since then saw a 1837% increase in pre-registration for students. In his own words, he accomplished this…


A beloved educator teaches his value-driven approach to learning key life skills

Man in a business suit with a trim beard smiles at the camera.
Man in a business suit with a trim beard smiles at the camera.
Dr. Bruno Verdini. Photo: MIT Department of Urban Studies & Planning

Molly Ruggles | MIT Open Learning

In his May 12 xTalk “Reciprocity in Leadership and Learning: Negotiating Impactful Partnerships,” lecturer Bruno Verdini shared the philosophies that underlie his teaching in 11.011 and 11.111, two extremely popular courses in the Department of Urban Studies and Planning, both of which focus on Negotiation and Leadership.

Deeply respected and beloved by his students, some of whom attended this xTalk, Verdini began by sharing three foundational principles that inform his teaching and his work, one that focuses on drawing from within, honoring the meaning of the Latin word educo. Luminosity relates to reaching talented…


Undergraduate students melded biology and art to forge remote collaborations

Whimsical illustrations of Lady Liberty depicting various biological concepts
Whimsical illustrations of Lady Liberty depicting various biological concepts
Images: MIT Biology students

MIT Department of Biology

Taught for the first time in 2013, 7.016 (Introductory Biology) introduces MIT undergraduates to fundamental principles of biochemistry, molecular biology, and genetics. While the class has historically packed over 200 students into a lecture hall, the past two iterations have been held over Zoom due to COVID-19 restrictions. In order to incite collaboration and spur creativity in a remote setting, Professor of Biology and Chemistry, Barbara Imperiali, Associate Professor of Biology, Adam Martin, and MITxBio Instructor, Monika Avello, have infused the homework assignments with some whimsey.

One bonus question on a problem set required students to…

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