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Office of Digital Learning to host open house

Event to share opportunities and services from MITx, OEIT and OCW.
MIT's newly created Office of Digital Learning will hold an open house launch event on Feb. 11, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Bush Room, to introduce MIT faculty members and students to the services available through the new organization.

Headed by newly appointed Director of Digital Learning Sanjay Sarma, the office brings together two existing digital learning organizations, MIT OpenCourseWare (OCW) and the Office of Educational Innovation and Technology (OEIT), and the team that is being created to support the new MITx effort. Refreshments and pizza will be served.

Representatives of the constituent offices, as well as Sarma, will be on hand to share more information on how the Office of Digital Learning can assist faculty in a wide range of pedagogical experiments supported by technology, including on-campus uses of edX tools and full massive open online courses through the edX website. OEIT representatives will share information about their expertise in supporting technologies for teaching and learning, and OCW staff will be available to discuss worldwide sharing of educational materials. Throughout, students will find numerous opportunities to see how education will be changing in the near future and become involved.

The Office of Digital Learning was established last November by President L. Rafael Reif and is charged with helping the MIT community in exploring the opportunities afforded by emerging learning technologies to transform education. The office will examine how the edX platform — and other tools like it — might support parts of courses on campus, augmenting traditional teaching at MIT.

For example, professors might use online platforms for certain types of interactive lectures or instruction, freeing up classroom time for experiments, lab work or further discussion of topics introduced through online instruction. Students could watch such online lectures at their own pace, repeating segments as necessary to boost comprehension.

For more information, please contact Jan Marie Olownia at or 617-715-4532.

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