Effective July 1, Academic Media Production Services (AMPS), the MIT Libraries' unit responsible for video production, distance education and MIT TechTV, will become part of the Office of Digital Learning (ODL).
The ODL, formed in November 2012, is comprised of MITx, MIT OpenCourseWare (OCW), and the Office of Educational Innovation and Technology (OEIT). The addition of AMPS will add a key asset — video expertise and infrastructure — to the office that is charged with exploring emerging technologies to transform education at MIT.
"AMPS has played a big role in creating high quality video for MIT's educational programs, including OCW and the first MITx classes. I'm excited to have the team on board in the Office of Digital Learning, and to work with Larry Gallagher, director of video productions, who will report to me," said Sanjay Sarma, MIT's director of digital learning.
"I also value the work AMPS does to support important Institute initiatives and distance education, and they will continue to provide these services as part of ODL," he said.
AMPS has been a unit of the MIT Libraries since 2007. During the past six years, the video production group opened a state-of-the-art studio in Building 24, and played a key role in producing video for major Institute initiatives and events such as MIT150. The distance education and lecture capture group supported numerous MIT classes, webcasting live events and lectures to the world, and sharing increasing amounts of content online through MIT TechTV. AMPS recent involvement with MITx created a natural transition for the group.
"I am personally delighted by the recognition of [AMPS] talents that is signaled through this administrative change," said Ann Wolpert, director of MIT Libraries. "The synergy between the mission of ODL and these highly skilled units is clear and compelling, and the strength and experience the staff of these units will bring to MIT's new focus on digital learning will contribute significantly to the success of this high-priority activity of the Institute."