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By Sarah Hansen, OCW Educator Project Manager
It’s that time of year again—students are sharpening their pencils, charging their tablets, and gearing up to return to the classroom. Teachers, also, are getting ready, revamping curricula, creating engaging classroom environments, and brushing up on the latest instructional approaches. It’s an energizing time!
MIT faculty and instructors are excited, too. Through the OCW Educator initiative and OCW’s growing collection of Instructor Insights, you can discover how they’re approaching some of the hottest topics in education.
Here’s a few handpicked highlights. We hope their energy inspires you!
Professor Jeff Gore discusses perceived barriers to active learning, particularly in large lecture classrooms, and shares how he has successfully implemented active learning strategies in this biophysics course.
Instructor Elizabeth Choe and her co-educators share their insights about grading and providing productive feedback in a course focused on students’ creative work.
Professor Anne McCants shares how she frames lectures in this history course as problem-solving endeavors and discusses specific strategies for helping students engage in critical thinking.
Professor Patrick Henry Winston shares strategies he uses to engage learners in a large lecture class.
Teaching Content in Real-World Contexts
Professor Michael Short shares strategies for helping students develop their science communication skills.
Teaching the Design Process
Instructors William Li and Grace Teo share their insights about teaching students how to engage in the assistive technology design process, and in three videos, student teams also share their perspectives about what it was like to participate in this unique user-centered learning experience.
Teaching Problem Solving
Professor Emeritus Wit Busza shares his approach to problem solving, strategies for supporting students as they engage in problem solving, and common sources of confusion for students as they engage in this process.
Teaching with Technology
Instructors Jeremy Orloff and Jonathan Bloom discuss how they used the Residential MITx platform to incorporate online reading questions and problem set checkers into this introductory probability and statistics course.