A Revolution In Higher Education


Reposted from MIT News:

When future students come to campus, Sarma 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.

Students could also opt to spend a semester abroad, doing field work on a project that ultimately becomes a bachelor’s thesis. And all along they could continue to take online courses, interacting with peers and professors at MIT. “The whole college experience will become much more participatory, more like an apprenticeship,” Sanjay Sarma, director of MIT’s Office of Digital Learning, says.

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