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OpenCourseWare Secondary Education




                   Unlocking Knowledge, Empowering Minds
›   OpenCourseWare

›   OCW SE – The Motivation

›   OCW SE – The Idea

›   OCW SE – Discovery and Design

›   OCW SE – Deliverables and Funding




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OpenCourseWare – What is it?

› A Web-based publication of
 virtually all of MIT course
 content

› Open and available to the world
› A permanent MIT activity
› Features:
      Lecture notes
      Syllabi
      Assignments
      Labs
      Problem sets and solutions
      Selected video lectures

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OpenCourseWare – Value and impact

›   1400 courses out of 1800

›   Translations in more than a dozen languages (Spanish,
    Portuguese, Chinese, Thai, Arabic…)

›   More than 100 OCW projects underway at other universities

›   MIT OCW Use
      71% of students
      59% of faculty
      42% of alumni

›   More than 75% of MIT faculty have participated




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OCW SE – The Motivation

› American STEM degrees:
    1994-95 – 32%
    2003-04 – 27%


› Survey of university faculty in 2006 *
    32% thought HS students are “somewhat well prepared” for
     college studies in mathematics and science
    5% thought HS students are “well prepared”




                   * Source: January 2006 survey from The Chronicle of Higher Education




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OCW SE – The Motivation

“When I compare our high schools to what I see when I’m
traveling abroad, I am terrified for our workforce of tomorrow. In
math and science our fourth graders are among the top students
in the world. By eighth grade, they’re in the middle of the pack.
By 12th grade, U.S. students are scoring near the bottom of all
industrialized nations.”
                       — Bill Gates, speaking in February 2005




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OCW SE – The Motivation

“I attend an all girls high school so, much to my dismay, physics
is not exactly emphasized. Only a scant introductory physics
course is offered. I've learned more physics by reading the course
notes of the physics section of OpenCourseware than in class.
Thank You.”
        — Jennifer Schuler, high school student from Illinois

“This year in my science class we have been using OCW. The
videos made science more interesting to me and helped me to
realize that what we are learning right now is actually used in real
life… I love OCW and just wanted to thank you for opening a
whole new door of possibilities and ideas for me.”
         — Sofia Hossain, eighth-grade student in New Jersey



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OCW SE – The Motivation

“In consideration of your generosity and homage to free thought
everywhere, thank you. You inspire me in my AP Calculus
curriculum for seniors!”
        — Charlotte Meuwissen, HS teacher in Beaverton, OR



“I have been using Walter Lewin's physics lectures with my AP
students at Msgr. Donovan High School in Toms River, NJ. He and
his lectures are an inspiration to us. What an awesome
experience to be allowed to enter MIT's lecture halls by way of
video. I always knew that MIT was great academically, but your
generosity touches me to my depths…”
       — John Navarra, Chairman of the Science Department



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OCW SE – The Motivation

                            The Steering Committee
Thomas Magnanti (Chair)   Dean, College of Engineering
Dick Yue                  Associate Dean, College of Engineering
Kim Vandiver              Professor of Ocean Engineering / Dean for Undergraduate Research /
                          Director, Edgerton Center
Steve Lerman              Class of 1992 Professor, Civil and Environmental Engineering/ Director,
                          Center for Educational Computing Initiatives/ Chair, OCW Faculty Advisory
                          Committee
Shigeru Miyagawa          Professor of Linguistics, Kochi-Manjiro Professor of Japanese Language and
                          Culture
Catherine Drennan         Associate Professor, Chemistry
Eric Klopfer              Associate Professor, Urban Studies and Planning/Director, Teacher
                          Education Program
Karl Reid                 Associate Dean for Undergraduate Education, Assistant to the Chancellor
Anne Margulies            Executive Director, OpenCourseWare
Dan Carchidi              Senior Publication Manager, OpenCourseWare
Rana Banerjee             Research Analyst, OpenCourseWare




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OCW SE – The Idea

› Project to apply the OpenCourseWare model
› Focus on mathematics, science, and engineering
› Target grades 7-12




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OCW SE – The Idea

  OpenCourseWare SE IS NOT:   › A replacement for teachers or
                               teacher/student interaction

                              › Diploma granting
                              › A virtual middle or high school


      OpenCourseWare SE IS:   › A Web-based publication of
                               exemplary math, science and
                               engineering resources for
                               Grades 7-12

                              › Open and available to the
                               world

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OCW SE – The Goals

› Inspire students to pursue degrees, and eventually careers, in
 STEM fields

› Prepare students to excel in STEM fields
    Provide materials and support for teachers that help them enrich
     their science and math classes
    Provide resources and materials for students that help them to
     more easily and deeply learn STEM concepts



                Provide compelling content
                           and
            create excitement and exuberance!


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OCW SE – Key Components

›   30-50 math, science and engineering secondary education
    courses
     Significant video component
     Innovative multimedia applications
     Hands-on, project based learning

›   Teachers-in-residence program, with potential funding for
    teacher sabbaticals

›   Certificate programs in areas of science, math, and engineering

›   National mentors corps, a la Peace Corps?




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OCW SE – Why MIT?

› MIT’s commitment to public service

› MIT branding and content for engineering and science

› Home of proven OCW concept

› Neutral convener

› History of educational impact in high school physics
    MIT and Physical Science Study Committee transformed high school
     and college physics education in 1950s

› Significant commitment to K-12 Education
    High priority for MIT President
    Currently over 30 MIT K-12 programs

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Discovery and Design – Preliminary Findings

› Standards-based teaching and learning is the reality in today’s
 schools

› Teaching is very textbook-dependent
› Little integration of concepts across STEM fields in grades 7-12
› Very little engineering presence in grades 7-12
› Many Web-based STEM resources are fragmented, difficult to
 use, and/or not openly available

› Teachers don’t have the time to locate, or aren’t aware of, STEM
 resources



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Discovery and Design – Design Considerations

› To complement MIT expertise, OCW SE will need to engage
 experts in secondary education

› To inspire students, OCW SE should be inquiry based and show
 the application of science and math in engineering

› To be useful to teachers, OCW SE must link to standards and be
 both modular and comprehensive

› To be used by both educators and students, the OCW SE Web
 site must be designed differently for each audience

› To make teachers aware of and able to use OCW SE, an active
 and exhaustive outreach campaign is required



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Discovery and Design – Deliverables and Funding

› Phase 1: Discovery and Design ($100K)
    Extensive interviews, focus groups, Web and document research
    Initial goals, scope, design, risks, and budget
    Recommendations for MIT President and Provost

› Phase 2: Proof of Concept Pilot (~$250-500K)
    Comprehensive math and science courses with embedded hands on
     engineering component
    High school teachers on campus
    Detailed proposal and work plan for Phase 3

› Phase 3: Expansion (~$50M or more)
    Full Grade 7-12 curricula in STEM fields
    Active dissemination and outreach program



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Thank You!




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