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.

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…


Access free selected course materials and full MOOCs for all 12 subjects named world’s best by QS

For the ninth year running, QS World University Rankings has named MIT the world’s best higher education institution. This honor is accompanied by top rankings for 12 individual subject areas, ranging from the natural sciences to computing, engineering, and architecture.

Since 2001 with the launch of MIT OpenCourseWare, the Institute has maintained a commitment to opening up access to its educational materials and resources to learners worldwide. This means that you can access individual course materials and full online courses from the world’s leading educators through OpenCourseWare, and full Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) through MITx on edX. …


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A collage showing images representing courses across various disciplines
Of OpenCourseWare’s founding in 2001, MIT professor and Dean for Digital Learning Krishna Rajagopal says, “It was the best thing MIT could have done at that moment for MIT and for the world.”

Celebrating 20 remarkable years, MIT OCW looks to the future, informed by learning needs underscored by the Covid-19 pandemic.

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“It is typical of our faculty to come up with something as bold and innovative as this,” said then-MIT president Charles Vest at a special gathering of community members and press in April 2001. “OpenCourseWare looks counterintuitive in a market-driven world. It goes against the grain of current material values. …


Cartoon image of two young Black men in lab coats, each with their name on the front pocket (“Miles” at left, “Malik” at right). The figures are encircled by a long DNA strand and illustrations of cells and microbes.
Cartoon image of two young Black men in lab coats, each with their name on the front pocket (“Miles” at left, “Malik” at right). The figures are encircled by a long DNA strand and illustrations of cells and microbes.
Image: Betel Tenna

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If you’re a fan of viral videos you’ve most likely come across some of the videos by Malik and Miles George. The two students have started creating TikTok videos to help promote STEM education. They recently spoke with MIT News about their new-found-fame.

Malik and Miles graduated as co-valedictorians from their high school in Woodbridge, New Jersey. They are both attending MIT in their third year — majoring in Biological Engineering and minoring in African and African diaspora studies. Along with their academics, they work as admissions ambassadors to help underrepresented students, serve as introductory biology tutors, and perform…


Presencing Institute team member finds continual professional inspiration and personal fulfillment through MIT Open Learning

Collection of books, notepads and pens with a post-it note on top, reading “keep learning.”
Collection of books, notepads and pens with a post-it note on top, reading “keep learning.”

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If there is such a thing as a “power user” of the many MOOCs, materials, and programs offered through MIT Open Learning, Rachel Hentsch Spadafora certainly is one. A serial MITx and edX learner and Bootcamps and MIT xPRO certificate holder, Hentsch sums up the rationale behind her wide variety of educational experiences simply: “I love to learn, so when there’s a learning opportunity, I usually take it.”

Hentsch’s background is as richly diverse as her interests: the daughter of a Chinese…


African woman taking notes in a notebook while watching a video on her laptop. White male working on laptop in the background.
African woman taking notes in a notebook while watching a video on her laptop. White male working on laptop in the background.
J-PAL Africa staff review MicroMasters material in 2018. Photo: Aimee Hare | J-PAL

Abdul Latif Jameel Poverty Action Lab (J-PAL)

When the MITx MicroMasters in Data, Economics, and Development Policy (DEDP) launched in 2017, it introduced a unique opportunity to earn a credential from MIT. All that a learner needs to enroll is a computer and internet connection. There are no formal prerequisites and prices are based on a learner’s income.

Yet, despite the broad access and reduced barriers to entry the program advanced, four years into the program we are seeing that women enroll in the program at half the rate of men. …


A slide reading “Optimising Workflows” on an online meeting showing participants of different nationalities and ethnicities.
A slide reading “Optimising Workflows” on an online meeting showing participants of different nationalities and ethnicities.
MIT ReACT learners participated in a recent online Work Readiness program given by Na’amal.

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Companies have increasingly found that business success largely depends on having employees with skills such as clear communication, insights about others and empathetic leadership. Changes to the work landscape and increased remote work due to Covid-19 has only exacerbated the need for these non-technical skills abilities. The World Economic Forum (WEF) stated in their 2020 Future of Jobs Report that employers see increased importance of these soft skills, including critical thinking, analysis, and problem-solving, in addition to skills in self-management including active learning, resilience, stress tolerance and flexibility. Yet, these valuable soft skills rarely feature within education systems…


Video by Melanie Gonick, MIT News

This April marks the 20th anniversary of OCW. For two decades you’ve learned with us, shared your stories with us, shared our resources with others, tuned in to course videos and podcast conversations, connected with our online community, donated, and helped us make OCW even better for you and your fellow learners.

Through your support, your trust, and your engagement with OCW, you’ve become caretakers of the vision that began in 2001 to share knowledge from MIT openly and freely. …


Two entrepreneurial cohorts prove that big global problems are no match for MIT Bootcampers’ dedication and drive.

Split screen: on the left side, the words “what’s for…” with a cartoon of someone ordering food on a touchscreen. On the right side, an illustration of a cheeseburger with arrows pointing to potential allergens, with the word “…lunch?” beneath it.
Split screen: on the left side, the words “what’s for…” with a cartoon of someone ordering food on a touchscreen. On the right side, an illustration of a cheeseburger with arrows pointing to potential allergens, with the word “…lunch?” beneath it.
The winning pitch at the 2020 Healthcare Innovation Bootcamp featured a platform called ForensiFood™ that enables food allergy sufferers to identify allergy-friendly restaurants. Artwork: Stephanie Pretty.

Kate Stringer | MIT Open Learning

Any past participant of MIT Bootcamps can tell you that the program lives up to the intensity implied by its name. But they’d also be quick to say that the military analogy extends even further — to an enduring camaraderie that tends to bind its members together for years after their experience has ended, across cohorts, industries, continents, and all walks of life.

Though bootcamps shifted last year from a blended learning model to an all-virtual one…

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