Top 10 TLL Highlights for 2013
1. We won “Best Paper” at ASEE
Our paper describing the process we used to create STEM educational videos for the Singapore University of Technology and Design (SUTD) won "Best Paper" at the 2013 American Society of Engineering Education (ASEE) annual conference.
2. We posted our 46 videos on STEM pivotal concepts
In 2013, we completed the production of 46 educational videos that were designed to help students learn pivotal concepts in science, technology, engineering, and/or mathematics (STEM). These STEM Concept Videos, originally produced for and funded by (SUTD), are now posted on our website and will be accessible through MIT OpenCourseWare (OCW) in the new year.
3. Our research on edX’s first MOOC was widely disseminated
TLL researchers published a paper on edX's first MOOC that has had over 7,500 hits on the Research & Practice in Assessment (RPA) journal's website. This research was also highlighted in the Wall Street Journal.
We were invited to speak all over the world on the findings, for example:
- Dr. Breslow in Scotland at the Enhancement and Innovation in Higher Education conference sponsored by that country’s Quality Assurance Agency.
- Dr. DeBoer in Colombia for the World Engineering Education Forum, Cartagena.
- Dr. Stump and Dr. DeBoer at the Learning Networks International Consortium (LINC) right here in Cambridge, MA.
4. We contributed to many international projects
The talents and knowledge of TLL's staff was in high demand across the globe in 2013. We participated in several international projects and teaching consultations in various countries. Some examples include:
Dr. Glenda Stump was part of a NSF-Funded MIT team led by Professor Michel DeGraff and Dr. Vijay Kumar that traveled to Port-au-Prince, Haiti to train Haitian faculty about the use of pedagogy and assessment using technology-enabled materials translated into Kreyòl.
Dr. Janet Rankin and Dr. Glenda Stump visited the Masdar Institute of Science and Technology iin order to present best practices in teaching and assessment, and to observe new Masdar faculty teaching their classes. This visit was the second time that TLL staff traveled to Abu Dhabi to consult with Masdar faculty and administrators.
Dr. Jennifer DeBoer spoke at a workshop on the development and formation of teaching centers at universities across China. The workshop was sponsored by the International Institute for the Development of Engineering Academics (IIDEA), of which Dr. DeBoer is co-director.
5. 150 grad students completed the TCP
TLL's Teaching Certificate Program continued to grow and attract record numbers of graduate students and postdoctoral associates interested in developing their teaching skills. Between the spring and summer programs, 150 “graduates” received certificates.
6. We did over 50 workshops & orientations at MIT
TLL continued its core mission of supporting faculty and TAs in their teaching by conducting several department- and School-based teaching orientations and workshops—10 workshops for new TAs and post-docs, 6 workshops for faculty & staff, and more than 30 individual consultations for MIT faculty, TAs, and instructors from across the Institute.
7. We brought recognized experts in education to campus
In 2013, TLL continued our commitment to sharing diverse perspectives and innovative practices in teaching and learning with the MIT community. Through a seminar series (formerly titled, DUE Education Talks (DUET)), we brought recognized experts in their fields to campus, including Kenneth R. Koedinger, Professor of Human Computer Interaction and Psychology, Carnegie Mellon University, Michelene (Micki) Chi, Professor, Division of Educational Leadership and Innovation, Arizona State University, and Carol Twigg, President & CEO, National Center for Academic Transformation.
8. Our new website was launched
In January, TLL launched its new streamlined website to help visitors more easily access information about our research, the programs and services we offer, and teaching materials that support faculty and TAs in the classroom. We now also have a searchable database to let users know what books and publications we have in the TLL Library, housed in our office suite (5-122).
9. Two TLL postdocs went onto prestigious positions
Frances Carter-Johnson, Ph.D., former Diversity Fellow in the Office of the Dean for Undergraduate Education and Postdoctoral Associate for Education Research, moved back to Washington, D.C. and is now a Science and Technology Policy Fellow for the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS).
Jennifer E. French, Ph.D., former TLL Postdoctoral Associate in Math Education, joined MIT's Department of Mathematics as an MITx Fellow. She is a program manager for online education.
10. Dipa Shah's baby, Avni, was born
On January 10, 2013, Dipa Shah, TLL's Associate Director for Teaching & Learning, and her husband, Brian, welcomed daughter Avni. She was 7lbs, 13 oz. and 21 inches long at birth. Just last week, Avni stood up on her own for the very first time!