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In her keynote, Cynthia Breazeal discussed the effort she is leading to develop a comprehensive K-12 AI literacy program.

Featuring a keynote by Prof. Cynthia Breazeal, MIT AI and robotics expert, the opening of this year’s event emphasized STEM’s ubiquity in and impact on today’s society

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“STEM technologists will shape our future,” said MIT President Rafael Reif during the kickoff to this year’s third annual Massachusetts STEM Week, organized by the state of Massachusetts’ Executive Office of Education and the STEM Advisory Council, in partnership with the state’s nine Regional STEM Networks.

It’s a statement that was echoed in various forms throughout the two-hour online event, which also featured remarks by Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker, Lieutenant…


In their online xTalk, Prof. Sanjay Sarma and Luke Yoquinto, co-authors of Grasp: The Science Transforming How We Learn, shared a bold vision for the future of teaching and learning, emphasizing science-based practices, engagement, and access for all.

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In Grasp, Sarma and Yoquinto make a case against applying reductive logic to educational practice.

“If we were going to produce content for the world, we had to base it on some science of learning. We would need to understand how the brain remembers, how it forgets, what the mechanisms of memory are, what the optimal length of a video is — and we didn’t have answers to many of these questions.”
— Sanjay Sarma

In a…


Aerial view of campus from behind MIT dome, looking out over the Charles River to Boston
Aerial view of campus from behind MIT dome, looking out over the Charles River to Boston

MIT alumnus Eugene “Gene” Stark was an early supporter of OpenCourseWare. As OCW approaches its twentieth anniversary this year, Stark reflects on OCW’s early days, how it’s shaped his relationship with MIT, and why it’s still important for him to support today.

When Gene Stark ’68, SM ’69, ScD ’72 first heard about OpenCourseWare over fifteen years ago, he was instantly drawn to his alma mater’s bold new undertaking. “Not knowing more than the two sentence summary,” Gene said, he was in.

It was 2004. The official OCW site was just a year old, and home to about 500 courses…


Experiential learning with MIT ReACT

At left, the react logo, featuring connected dots and the words “Entrepreneurship, Academic, Employment, Networks.” At right, a young man in glasses and business casual attire wearing a conference name tag.
At left, the react logo, featuring connected dots and the words “Entrepreneurship, Academic, Employment, Networks.” At right, a young man in glasses and business casual attire wearing a conference name tag.

By Arbri Kopliku, MIT ReACT

I am Arbri Kopliku, an international first year at MIT currently studying remotely from Albania. I have always had a special interest in international and interethnic dialogue, and am so thankful to have found MIT ReACT as a unique way of integrating this passion of mine with a more tangible goal: proving that the challenge of refugee education can be very effectively addressed through first establishing a relationship of trust with the learners, and then working together to identify the most pressing obstacles in their path towards the successful careers that they deserve.

As you…


Color photograph of neurons firing.
Color photograph of neurons firing.

“If mindfulness was a pill, it would have been flying off the shelves in pharmacies.”

- Professor John Gabrieli, MIT Integrated Learning Initiative Director

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On January 25, members of the MIT Integrated Learning Initiative (MITili) held a public discussion on mindfulness and its importance to learning science as part of MIT Open Learning Talks, a monthly conversation series. The panel featured MITili Director Professor John Gabrieli and MITili grantees Prof. Pattie Maes and Prof. Pawan Sinha in conversation with Vice President for Open Learning Prof. Sanjay Sarma.

MITili is focused on exploring a series of questions around identifying, detecting…


Credential may now be applied toward several new graduate programs worldwide

Young bearded man in graduation gown and cap smiles at the camera.
Young bearded man in graduation gown and cap smiles at the camera.
Photo by Muhammad Rizwan on Unsplash.

MITx MicroMasters® Programs

2021 marks the fifth year since the first MITx MicroMasters® program was founded. We have grown to include five programs across MIT:

The MicroMasters program credential from MIT is a professional and academic credential for online learners from anywhere in the world who seek focused and accelerated advancement. Learners who successfully earn the MITx MicroMasters credential in one of these programs are eligible to obtain credit at MIT or other pathway schools across the globe to fast-track…


A couple and their child walk down the street, wearing masks and holding hands
A couple and their child walk down the street, wearing masks and holding hands
Photo by Macau Photo Agency on Unsplash

MITx

Throughout every corner of MIT, faculty, researchers, and staff are working on research and projects to help solve the many challenges brought on by the Covid-19 crisis. From medical research to manufacturing, online learning to socioeconomic disparities, the MIT community has amassed a vast wealth of knowledge about the pandemic.

During the summer, MITx put out a call for proposals to rapidly develop short online courses based on some of these pandemic-related projects happening at MIT, in an effort to provide open, worldwide access to learning that can help us understand and address this extraordinary moment. …


Decoders 1.4 — Project Realization in Cleanroom

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Prof. Canan Dagdeviren, head of the MIT Media Lab’s Conformable Decoders group.

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What makes it possible to adjust to change with speed and agility?

The answer lies in establishing a culture of preparedness, organization, and structure. Learn more from Prof. Canan Dagdeviren:

When last March it became clear that Dagdeviren would need to transition from a fully in-person teaching style to a fully remote one, the existent norms and work culture in her lab made it easier to transfer to remote and allowed Dagdeviren to quickly turn her attention to the well-being of her students.

Lean Lab Prof…


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A college student concentrates on a computer screen with a pencil between her teeth.
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Could more tests actually make students less stressed? Could a science-fair style poster session really go virtual? Could YouTube videos replace final exams? These MIT professors seem to think so!

By Amelia Crespo, graduate student, MIT Sloan

With the pandemic causing widespread adoption of online learning, it’s important for educators to consider alternative assessments and assignments that are better-suited for remote learning. During the Jan 14, 2021 Talk co-hosted by Dr. Janet Rankin, Director of MIT’s Teaching & Learning Lab and Open Learning, Dr. …


At Open Learning Talks, Cynthia Breazeal and Eric Klopfer discuss artificial intelligence education.

Child does homework with the help of a fluffy robot.
Child does homework with the help of a fluffy robot.
During an Open Learning Talks event on artificial intelligence education, Cynthia Breazeal shared a video of a research study on personalized learning companions for early childhood. Photo courtesy of the Personal Robots group, MIT Media Lab.

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Between remote learning, more time spent at home, and working parents trying to keep their kids occupied, children across the United States have clocked in record-breaking hours of screen time during the pandemic. Much of it is supervised and curated by teachers or parents — but increasingly, kids of all ages are watching videos, playing games, and interacting with devices powered by artificial intelligence. …

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