Meeting the challenges of higher education, MIT-Educator is a collegial and collaborative program that introduces MIT approaches of problem-solving, learning science, entrepreneurship and use of online tools. Participants develop major curriculum reform, contributing to student success and the economic trajectory of their country.

The Call for Applicants for MIT-Educator 2017, is now closed. 

The Vision

As educational approaches and technologies develop, the faculty of Higher Educators is challenged to engage students in the most productive way.

MIT-Educator meets this challenge by addressing pedagogical approaches, curriculum design and implementation, with emphasis on MIT-style problem-solving methods, Science of Learning, and Edtech/online tools. Inclusion of entrepreneurial skills into higher education is becoming increasingly important to meet unemployment challenges, and the program includes exposure to the MIT innovation culture and startup development. Specific subject content is part of the curriculum.

MIT-Educator is aimed at global faculty, and especially groups from one university or several within one country that have the goal of reworking their curricula and revising educational structure. Faculty from new universities will find the program exceptionally useful as curriculum is devised for the first time, and state of the art approaches can be incorporated. This collaborative and collegial program is based at MIT and at the home universities. 

The Program

MIT-Educator comprises six modules each led by distinguished MIT Professors, and Instructors from multiple units including the MIT Teaching and Learning Lab, Office of Digital Learning, MIT Integrative Learning Initiative, Martin Trust, Legatum Center, Sloan School of Management, School of Science, School of Engineering, School of Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences and School of Architecture and Planning.

Modules include:

  • Curriculum Design
  • Problem-Solving Approaches
  • Use of Online Education and edTech tools
  • Entrepreneurship in the Curriculum
  • Research as a Learning Tool
  • Specific Subject Content

Groups and individual faculty members define their goals prior to arriving at MIT, including through discussion with MIT faculty and staff.  At MIT, faculty members participate in intensive, hands-on workshops that encompass material in each module. Revised curricula are developed at MIT, with extensive input from faculty and staff. The Program continues collaboratively with MIT at the home universities through online interactions, in person group programs, and a reporting structure.

The Timeline

MIT-Educator participants visit MIT for three weeks, for an intense and collegial program under the directorship of Professor Hazel Sive, a distinguished educator and MacVicar Faculty Fellow. At the end of this period, faculty members return home to finalize and implement curriculum, with ongoing MIT interaction. To ensure successful outcomes, partnerships are set up for a three-year period, with an option for renewal.

The Participants

MIT-Educator participants are top faculty and lecturers selected following an application and interview led by a distinguished MIT panel. Proposals from groups with an overarching goal are strongly encouraged.

Our 2016 program was launched with participants from Tunisia - where MIT is collaborating with faculty across the country and with the Ministry of Higher education to revise the Tunisian Life Sciences curriculum.  Additional partners are added each year.

The very inspiring MIT-Educator, will help me to improve my way of teaching, to introduce entrepreneurship in life sciences, to train young teachers by sharing my own experience at MIT, and to implement a system able to sustain and support the use of new innovative tools. --2016 MIT-Educator Participant

Contact

For additional information please contact Julia Reynolds-Cuéllar: jreyn@mit.edu

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