MIT continues to seek New Models for Higher Education

Like Stanford and many other colleges and universities, MIT has been exploring ways in which to recreate higher education in the face of technological change and better understanding of cognitive processes.  No surprise for a technical institute, they are looking at ways of integrating “making” back into learning:talent

What will a college education look like in 10 years?

When future students come to campus, [Sanjay Sarma, MIT’s Fred Fort Flowers and Daniel Fort Flowers Professor of Mechanical Engineering] says, they might take a few foundational courses with many online elements — perhaps even video games — coupled with instant online assessments that give them real-time feedback on their understanding of a subject. That feedback would also be available to the professors, who can then focus classroom work on concepts students struggle with rather than explaining material already understood. As a result, more class time can be spent on activities like building circuits or robots to explore concepts learned online.

“We want to enable more time for our students to build things and interact more with their professors and peers,” says Sarma, co-chair of the Institute-Wide Task Force on the Future of MIT Education with Professor Karen Willcox and Executive Vice President and Treasurer Israel Ruiz. The group released a report on its findings in August.

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