Exploratory Subjects

This panel discussion focused on how a team of MIT professors and instructors is engaging first-year students in...

‣ Exploring their interests in both academic majors and future career paths.

‣ Taking ownership of their work by tackling hands-on projects across various disciplines.

‣ Applying academic learning to authentic, real-world challenges.


The TLL Speaker Series presented "Exploratory Subjects", a first look at the fall 2018 semester's exploratory modules in action. This event included presentations by MIT faculty and instructors on their own exploration of innovative models for active learning, and will then open up to an audience Q&A.

The creation of more opportunities to meaningfully explore majors during the first year was one of the central recommendations that emerged from students in the spring 2018 Designing the First Year Experience class and is at the core of the 2018 CUP First-year Experiment.



Professor Freeman and the 6.A01 Team

Professor Dennis M. Freeman is a Principal Investigator in the Research Laboratory of Electronics and Professor of Electrical Engineering in the Electrical Engineering and Computer Science Department. He has designed the first-year advising seminar, “Mens et Manus: The Joy of MIT”, that allows students to explore their interests by working on hands-on projects that apply what students are learning at MIT in authentic, real-world applications.