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xTalks: Digital Discourses

This series provides a forum to facilitate awareness, deep understanding and transference of educational innovations at MIT and elsewhere. We hope to foster a community of educators, researchers, and technologists engaged in developing and supporting effective learning experiences through online learning environments and other digital technologies.

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November 2014

Choe & Zaidan: Fostering the Next Bill Nye – How Hard Could It Be?

November 12 @ 3:30 pm - 4:30 pm

There is an increasing popularity and power of the hosted video medium – what is the place of informal web series and shows in life-long learning and more formal educational experiences for both users and creators, and how can we capitalize on this format to engage and entertain in addition to educating? Elizabeth Choe and George Zaidan will their attempt to answer this question through an analysis of the inaugural year of MIT+K12 Videos’ original, student-written and hosted web series,…

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December 2014

Sanjoy Mahajan: Book Release Celebration – The Art of Insight in Science & Engineering

December 2 @ 3:30 pm - 4:30 pm

MIT Press author and ODL colleague Sanjoy Mahajan will discuss why we humans, to master the complexity of our world, need insight rather than precision. He’ll also discuss the inspiration for publishing his book under a free license (CC-BY-NC-SA). Copies of Mahajan’s books will be available for sale at 20% discount, as well as Vijay Kumar & Toru Iiyoshi’s Opening Up Education, Peter Suber’s Open Access, and others.  

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