TLL MIT-SUTD educational videos to be posted on OCW

By Dipa Shah, Associate Director for Teaching and Learning

For the last two and a half years, the Teaching and Learning Lab has been developing educational videos. While it’s true that TLL led the development of these videos, it was really a collaborative effort involving MIT faculty, instructors, post-docs, graduate students, and our on-campus Academic Media Production Services (AMPS). Funded through the MIT - Singapore University of Technology and Design (SUTD) collaboration, the videos target content from the first three semesters of the undergraduate curriculum at SUTD. Many of the courses students take in their first three semesters at SUTD look very similar to MIT GIR courses and the prerequisite courses for many STEM (science, technology, engineering, math) undergraduate programs across the U.S. The videos are meant to supplement classroom instruction. Instructors might use snippets of video in class or students might watch them outside of class to review a concept or prepare for class discussion.

The goals of the videos are three-fold: 1) to reinforce pivotal concepts and multidisciplinary themes, 2) to provide opportunities for students to actively engage with content, and 3) to provide real-world examples from everyday life, or from research, of the utility of these concepts. If you want to read more about our video design process and the literature that guided it, you should check out the paper that we presented at the 2013 ASEE Annual Conference. The paper received the Best Paper Award at the conference!

Right now, we are working with MIT OpenCourseWare (OCW) to post the videos on their site, obtain Creative Commons licenses for the videos, and make them true Open Educational Resources (OER).  OERs are teaching and learning materials that are openly licensed for anyone to use anywhere. The videos will specifically be under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike (CC-BY-NC-SA) license. While the videos can be currently accessed on TLL’s website and viewed by anyone, the IP-checking process that is required to obtain the Creative Commons licenses will protect users who want to redistribute, copy, or make derivative works as long as they adhere to the terms of the CC-BY-NC-SA license. You can click on that link to read over the terms, but they are very reasonable. Fingers crossed, but 12 of our videos should go up on OCW by the beginning of the New Year.

Posting our videos on the MIT OCW site also means that the videos will be included on OCW’s mirror drives that are provided to educational organizations with limited internet availability. TLL staff, along with our collaborators, are happy to know that these videos will be shared with the broader educational community.

It you are interested in finding other OERs, in addition to all of the great stuff on MIT’s OCW site, check out OER Commons, and the OpenCourseWare Consortium.