The Office of Digital Learning welcomes proposals from MIT faculty and departments/labs/centers (DLCs) for development and operation of digital programs targeted towards professional audiences that leverage the edX platform.

All Professional Digital Programs are developed around market needs to solve industry problems. They are paid-for only offerings targeted to professionals that must be commercially viable. Accepted proposals will be developed in coordination with either MIT Professional Education or Sloan Executive Education.

This is an exciting opportunity to get exposure to industry-specific needs and to develop highly interactive online learning programs to tackle those problems.

If you are interested in developing an MITx course for residential and/or global delivery, please apply to the MITx Grant Proposal process.

Key dates

Spring
  • April 15, 2017                         Proposals due
  • June 1, 2017                           Decisions announced
  • July 1, 2017                            Work on programs begins
  • Spring/Summer 2018             Target launch date
FALL
  • October 15, 2017                   Proposals due
  • December 1, 2017                  Decisions announced
  • January 1, 2018                      Work on programs begins
  • Fall/Winter 2018                     Target launch date
uss the proposal process and answer any questions you may have. Please contact TC Haldi, Director of Digital Programs, at thaldi@mit.edu.
Requirements
 
  • Programs must target professional audiences—working professionals in global organizations, governments, and/or NGOs.
     
  • Programs must be market oriented—they must address an unmet customer need, possess a unique value proposition, and be adaptable based on customer feedback.
     
  • Programs must be commercially viable.
     
  • Program authors must sign the MIT Contributor IP Agreement.
     
  • Program authors must operate within the MIT Revenue Guidelines.
Proposal preparation and submission

To prepare your proposal, we recommend that you:

  1. Download and complete the Draft Proposal Form offline.*
     
  2. Submit your Proposal online* when you are ready. Please copy and paste your responses into this Google Form: http://goo.gl/forms/bv6Xshgilc

    *Please note: Expected completion time is between two and three hours. For this reason, we recommend that you first complete the longer-form responses in the Draft Proposal Form [Word document; see Step 1 above], and then submit the online form when you are ready. You may skip the first step if you choose, but please bear in mind that your responses do not automatically save in the Google Form.

FAQs

Q. What is the difference between MITx and Professional Digital Programs?

Q. What is the average run time of a Professional Digital Program?

Q. What is the typical time it takes to produce a Professional Digital Program?

Q. What is the average work effort (per week) of students in Professional Digital Programs?

Q. How much money will be awarded in this call for proposals?

Q. What support will I be given from ODL to develop this program?

Q. What are examples of Professional Digital Programs that have been developed?

Q. Do faculty get paid?

Q. How much does it typically cost to produce a program?

Q. Who determines program design/pedagogy?

Q. What IP/copyright considerations are involved in making a program?


Answers:
 

Q. What is the difference between MITx and Professional Digital Programs?

A. Differences include the following:

 MITx
 Professional Digital Programs

Anchored in residential courses

New content/material developed according to a specific market need

Grades or some measure of passing rate typically provided

No grades (typically pass/fail)

Open to anyone (audit for free) or via ID-verified certificate/low cost

Paid content only


Q. What is the average run time of a Professional Digital Program?

A. 4-6 weeks

Q. What is the typical time it takes to produce a Professional Digital Program?

A. A six-week program generally takes around six months to produce.

Q. What is the average work effort (per week) of students in Professional Digital Programs?

A. 3-5 hours. People take Professional Digital Programs at night, on weekends, layered on top of their day jobs and full lives.

Q. How much money will be awarded in this call for proposals?

A. Money will be allocated to programs, not awarded to faculty. ODL in conjunction with either MIT Professional Education or Sloan Executive Education will oversee the program budget. The money awarded is not a grant, and we are not disclosing the exact amounts at this time, as it may change over time.

Q. What support will I be given from ODL to develop this program?

A. ODL in conjunction with either MIT Professional Education or Sloan Executive Education will assign a full team to your program that covers all coordination from project management to video to marketing.

Q. What are examples of Professional Digital Programs that have been developed?

A. Big Data, Cybersecurity, Internet of Things, and Entrepreneurial Negotiations.

Q. Do faculty get paid?

. Faculty will be paid  based on the Revenue Guidelines.

Q. How much does it typically cost to produce a program?

A.The price tag will vary depending on the length of the program, IP considerations, etc., but the range is typically $80-200k.

Q. Who determines program design/pedagogy?

A. We are customer- and market-driven first and foremost. We defer to faculty as much as possible while at the same time striking a deliberate balance to meet specific market demands.

Q. What IP/copyright considerations are involved in making a program?

A. MIT desires to use content and materials already developed or to be developed by faculty, TAs, Research Scientists, Senior Lecturers, and Lecturers, etc. In all cases, reasonable efforts should be made to properly attribute incorporated materials. Attribution will not necessarily protect against infringement, but is an important ethical matter; it also demonstrates good faith, which may support a fair use case. For complete information, please consult with the Office of Digital Learning and/or you may view for reference purposes the Fair Use Guidelines for MITx / edX and MIT Contributor IP Agreement.