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OpenCourseWare Secondary Education




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I.   OpenCourseWare
II. OCW SE – The Motivation
III. The Big Idea – OCW SE
IV. Discovery and Design Phase




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OpenCourseWare (OCW) – 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, and several other languages)

› More than 100 OCW projects underway around the world
› MIT OCW use by the MIT community:
    71% of students
    59% of faculty
    42% of alumni

› Over 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
                                      National Assessment of Educational Progress, 2006




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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 school 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 C
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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The Big Idea – OCW Secondary Education

› Project to apply the OpenCourseWare model
› Focus on Mathematics, Science, and Engineering
› Target grades 7-12




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The Big Idea – What is OCW SE?

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

                              › Degree-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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The Big Idea – 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 allow them
     to improve the quality of their teaching
    Provide resources and materials for students that allow them
     to more easily and deeply learn STEM concepts




                   Provide compelling content
                              and
               create excitement and exuberance!

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The Big Idea – Proposed scope

› 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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The Big Idea – 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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The Big Idea – Budget and financing

› Phase 1: Discovery and Design ($100K)
    School of Engineering ($50K) and MIT OCW ($50K). OCW’s funding was
     provided using a $50K award from The Tech Museum of Innovation

› Phase 2: Pilot (~$250-$500K)
    Publication of existing materials from one high-quality, high school level
     course in a science discipline, which will be structured using the OCW
     course format
    Publication of existing materials for one high-quality high school level
     course in mathematics, which will be structured using the OCW course
     format
    Development of a new high-school level project based, one semester,
     engineering course

› Phase 3: Expansion (~$50M or more)
    Principally 2 tier corporate gifts ($1M, $500K)
    Level of input/branding determined by level of giving
    Individuals, foundations, government



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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 – Risks to MIT

› Damage to MIT’s reputation
    Low impact
    Poor implementation

› Financial burden
    Don’t raise enough money to sustain the program
    Not sustainable




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Thank You!




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