11.129 Educational Theory and Practice I (MIT)
This course concentrates on a core set of skills and knowledge necessary for teaching in secondary schools. Topics covered in the class include educational reform, student behavior and motivation, curriculum design, and the teaching profession. Classroom observation is a key component of the class. Assignments include readings from the educational literature, written reflections on classroom observations, and practice teaching and constructing curriculum. This is the first of a three course sequ
21W.732-5 Introduction to Technical Communication: Explorations in Scientific and Technical Writing
This course is designed to help you develop skills that will enable you to produce clear and effective scientific and technical documents. We will focus on basic principles of good writing-which scientific and technical writing shares with other forms of writing-and on types of documents common in scientific and technical fields and organizations. While the emphasis will be on writing, oral communication of scientific and technical information will form an important component of the course, as w
ESD.10 Introduction to Technology and Policy (MIT)
This course explores perspectives in the policy process - agenda setting, problem definition, framing the terms of debate, formulation and analysis of options, implementation and evaluation of policy outcomes using frameworks including economics and markets, law, and business and management. Methods include cost/benefit analysis, probabilistic risk assessment, and system dynamics. Exercises include developing skills to work on the interface between technology and societal issues; simulation exer
SP.242 Gender Issues in Academics and Academia (MIT)
Does it matter in education whether or not you've got a Y chromosome? You bet it does. In this discussion-based seminar, we will explore why males vastly outrank females in math and science and career advancements (particularly in academia), and why girls get better grades and go to college more often than boys. Do the sexes have different learning styles? Are women denied advanced opportunities in academia and the workforce? How do family life and family decisions affect careers for both men an
1.101 Introduction to Civil and Environmental Engineering Design I (MIT)
This sophomore-level course is a project-oriented introduction to the principles and practice of engineering design. Design projects and exercises are chosen that relate to the built and natural environments. Emphasis is placed on achieving function and sustainability through choice of materials and processes, compatibility with natural cycles, and the use of active or adaptive systems. The course also encourages development of hands-on skills, teamwork, and communication; exercises and projects
HST.590 Biomedical Engineering Seminar Series: Developing Professional Skills (MIT)
This course consists of a series of seminars focused on the development of professional skills. Each semester focuses on a different topic, resulting in a repeating cycle that covers medical ethics, responsible conduct of research, written and oral technical communication, and translational issues. Material and activities include guest lectures, case studies, interactive small group discussions, and role-playing simulations.
2.993 Special Topics in Mechanical Engineering: The Art and Science of Boat Design (MIT)
This class is jointly sponsored by the MIT Museum, Massachusetts Bay Maritime Artisans, the Department of Mechanical Engineering's Center for Ocean Engineering, and the Department of Architecture. The course teaches the fundamental steps in traditional boat design and demonstrates connections between craft and modern methods. Instructors provide vessel design orientation and then students carve their own shape ideas in the form of a wooden half-hull model. Experts teach the traditional skills of
HST.935 Narrative Ethics: Literary Texts and Moral Issues in Medicine (MIT)
This eight-session course, designed for a mixed group of first, second, third and fourth-year medical students, uses literary narratives and poetry to study ethical issues in medicine. This methodology emphasizes the importance of context, contingency, and circumstances in recognizing, evaluating, and resolving moral problems. The seminar will focus on developing the skills of critical and reflective reading that increase effectiveness in clinical medicine. Texts will include short fiction and p
11.126J Economics of Education (MIT)
This class discusses the economic aspects of current issues in education, using both economic theory and econometric and institutional readings. Topics include discussion of basic human capital theory, the growing impact of education on earnings and earnings inequality, statistical issues in determining the true rate of return to education, the labor market for teachers, implications of the impact of computers on the demand for worker skills, the effectiveness of mid-career training for adult wo
ESD.86 Models, Data and Inference for Socio-Technical Systems (MIT)
In this class, students use data and systems knowledge to build models of complex socio-technical systems for improved system design and decision-making. Students will enhance their model-building skills, through review and extension of functions of random variables, Poisson processes, and Markov processes; move from applied probability to statistics via Chi-squared t and f tests, derived as functions of random variables; and review classical statistics, hypothesis tests, regression, correlation
21L.003-2 Reading Fiction (MIT)
Reading Fiction is designed to sharpen your skills as a critical reader. As we explore both short stories and novels focusing on the theme of "the city in literature," we will learn about the various elements that shape the way we read texts - structure, narrative voice, character development, novelistic experimentation, historical and political contexts and reader response.
21M.051 Fundamentals of Music (MIT)
This class introduces students to the rudiments of Western music through oral, aural, and written practice utilizing rhythm, melody, intervals, scales, chords, and musical notation. The approach is based upon the inclusive Kodály philosophy of music education. Individual skills are addressed through a variety of means, emphasizing singing and keyboard practice in the required piano labs.
11.233 Research Design for Policy Analysis and Planning (MIT)
This course develops skills in research design for policy analysis and planning. The emphasis is on the logic of the research process and its constituent elements. The course relies on a seminar format so students are expected to read all of the assigned materials and come to class prepared to discuss key themes, ideas, and controversies. Since the materials draw broadly on the social sciences, and since students have diverse interests and methodological preferences, ongoing themes in our discus
21F.232 Advanced Speaking and Critical Listening Skills (ELS) (MIT)
This course is for advanced students who wish to build confidence and skills in spoken English. It focuses on the appropriate oral presentation of material in a variety of professional contexts: group discussions, classroom explanations and interactions, and theses/research proposals. It is valuable for those who intend to teach or lecture in English and includes language laboratory assignments. The goal of the workshop is to develop effective speaking and listening skills for academic and profe
21F.225 Advanced Workshop in Writing for Science and Engineering (ELS) (MIT)
Analysis and practice of various forms of scientific and technical writing, from memos to journal articles. Strategies for conveying technical information to specialist and non-specialist audiences. Comparable to 21W.780 but methods designed to deal with special problems of advanced ELS or bilingual students. The goal of the workshop is to develop effective writing skills for academic and professional contexts. Models, materials, topics and assignments vary from semester to semester.
Senator George J. Mitchell '54, Common Hour, September 19, 2008
Senator George J. Mitchell was born and raised in Waterville, Maine, and graduated from Bowdoin College and Georgetown University Law Center. He entered the U.S. Senate in 1980 and went on to an illustrious career in the Senate that spanned fourteen years. In January 1989 he became Senate majority leader. He held that position until he left the Senate in 1995. During his tenure, Senator Mitchell earned enormous bipartisan respect. It has been said "there is not a man, woman, or child in the Capi
Careers in Advertising
Jason Moyer '97, Vice President and Account Director at Young & Rubicam, and Stella Grizont, Brand Planner at Young & Rubicam, discuss how to get into the career of advertising. Young & Rubicam is one of the world's leading marketing communications companies with a global network of 163 agencies in 81 countries around the world.
Ambassador Thomas Pickering '53: Priorities for the Next President of the United States in Foreign a
Ambassador Thomas R. Pickering '53 holds the personal rank of career ambassador, the highest in the U.S. Foreign Service. In a diplomatic career spanning five decades, he has served as U.S. ambassador to the Russian Federation, India, Israel, El Salvador, Nigeria, and the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan. He served as U.S. ambassador and representative to the United Nations in New York from 1989 to 1992, a period that saw an international coalition move effectively against Saddam Hussein's invasion o
Hope Kelly reports on the Madison Park High School Choir's tribute to Roland Hayes (African American classical singer), who was the first African American singer to achieve recognition on the classical stage. Kelly notes that the Roland Hayes Music Center is based at Madison Park High School. Kelly reviews Hayes's career. Kelly's report is accompanied by photos and footage of Hayes. Kelly's report includes footage from interviews with Elma Lewis (African American community leader), Robert Winfre
Distinguished Innovator Lecture Series: John Steuart
Distinguished Innovator Lecture Series John Steuart, Managing Director, Claremont Creek Ventures John Steuart is a Managing Director of Claremont Creek Ventures, an Oakland-based venture capital firm investing in early-stage information technology companies. John focuses on the intersection of the information technology and life sciences markets including bioinformatics, molecular diagnostics, genomics, proteomics, software and instrumentation for med-tech industries. John serves on the board