MIT/Harvard Online Learning Summit

Source:  Summit website, Mar 2013

MIT Harvard Summit

Related Mar 2013 Chronicle of Higher Education reading: 

Eric Mazur, a professor of physics at Harvard, drew murmurs from the crowd—which mostly consisted of Harvard and MIT faculty members—when he showed research indicating that students at a lecture have brain activity roughly equivalent to when they watch television.

Eric S. Rabkin, a professor of English at the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor, suggested that professors could direct students to learn the most basic material in a course at their own pace, via online modules. Professors could then use the time saved, he said, on the parts of the course that require more thoughtful, individual attention, such as giving feedback on long essays.

“Maybe we could have 100 people register for a seminar,” Mr. Rabkin said. The students could work through the first 12 weeks independently and online, “and that teacher can finish the seminar five different times in the course of a 15-week semester, spending the last three weeks with each of those groups of 20.”

None of the institutions represented at the summit is likely to use any revenue or savings from the use of online tools to lower tuition, said one provost. … 

It’s more likely that online tools will be used to increase value at the same price, said another provost. That means more seminars, more project-based courses, and more mentorship opportunities, he said.


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