In its fifth year, the Teaching with Digital Technology Awards are student-nominated awards for instructors who have effectively used digital technology to improve teaching and learning at MIT. The goal is to recognize instructors for their innovations and to give the MIT community the opportunity to learn from their practices. The awards are co-sponsored by Open Learning and the Office of the Vice Chancellor.

2020 Awards

As a result of the pandemic and in honor of the dedication of MIT faculty to the challenges of remote education, a second call for student nominations was made expressly for excellence in remote teaching.  

From the original call, 157 nominations were submitted for 98 unique instructors. From the remote call, 330 nominations were submitted for 163 unique instructors, with many instructors nominated for both awards. In total, 487 student nominations were submitted for 232 unique instructors.

This year's 31 winners, selected from the aggregate of nominations, are:

Steve Banzaert Mechanical Engineering
Kara Blackburn Sloan School of Management
Amanda Bosh Earth, Atmospheric and Planetary Sciences
Devin Michelle Bunten Urban Studies and Planning
Semyon Dyatlov Mathematics
Vivek Farias Sloan School of Management
Malick Ghachem History
Marah Gubar Literature
Michelle Hanlon Sloan School of Management
Adam Hartz Computer Science
Stefan Helmreich Anthropology
Barbara Hughey Mechanical Engineering
Pei-Ken Hung Mathematics
Alexandre Jacquillat Sloan School of Management
Graham Jones Anthropology
Miro Kazakoff Sloan School of Management
Jonathan Kelner Mathematics
Wolfgang Ketterle Physics
Maria Khotimsky Global Languages
James Magarian Gordon Engineering Leadership Program
Karthish Manthiram Chemical Engineering
Isadora Nicholas Global Languages
Phiala Shanahan Physics
Ben Shields Sloan School of Management
Joe Steinmeyer Electrical Engineering
Lawrence Susskind Urban Studies and Planning
Clair Travis Chemistry
Rodrigo Verdi Sloan School of Management
Bruno Verdini Urban Studies and Planning
David Wallace Mechanical Engineering
Jacob White Electrical Engineering

 

The winners were honored in a July 30th Zoom celebration and their teaching stories are highlighted in this video:

 

 

 

2019

This year, 158 nominations were received for 117 different faculty members & instructors. The winners, chosen by a committee of undergraduate and graduate students plus Dean Krishna Rajagopal and Vice Chancellor Ian Waitz, are:

  • Erik Demaine, Computer Science & Artificial Intelligence Lab (CSAIL)
  • Amy Carleton, Comparative Media Studies & Writing 
  • John Belcher, Physics
  • Jared Curhan, Sloan School of Management

Winners were honored at a June 4 luncheon and their teaching stories are highlighted in this video:

2018

99 nominations were received for 58 different faculty members & instructors. The winners, chosen by a committee of 5 undergraduate & graduate students plus Dean Krishna Rajagopal, and Vice Chancellor Ian Waitz, are:

  • Simona Socrate, Mechanical Engineering 
  • Chris Caplice, Center for Transportation & Logistics 
  • Michael Yaffe, Biology 
  • Eric Huntley, Urban Studies and Planning

Winners were honored at a June 5 luncheon and their teaching stories are highlighted in this video:

2017

133 nominations were received for 80 different faculty members & instructors. The winners, chosen by a committee of 5 undergraduate & graduate students plus Dean Dennis Freeman, Dean Blanche Staton, and VP Sanjay Sarma, are:

  • Bryan Moser, Olivier de Weck, Edward Crawley, Bruce Cameron, System Design & Management
  • Michael Scott Cuthbert, Music
  • Tracy Robyn Slatyer, Physics

Winners were honored at a June 6 luncheon and their teaching stories are highlighted in this video:

The TWDTA Luncheon and Awards Ceremony celebrated the achievements of Physics professor Tracy Slatyer who received an award. The SDM team, Oliver de Weck, Bryan Moser, Bruce Cameron, and Edward Crawley, also received an award. 

The third winner of this year's award was music professor Matthew Scott Cuthbert. Director of Residential Education at ODL Sheryl Barnes presided over the event.

For more information please contact ODL Residential Education (odl-residential@mit.edu) or read the MIT News article.

 

MIT Faculty receive wards for teaching online

Sheryl Barnes
MIT Faculty receive awards for teaching online
Dennis Freeman, Issac Chuang, Matthew Cuthbert
MIT Faculty win award for teaching online
Olivier De Weck, Bryan Moser, Bruce Cameron
 
MIT Faculty receive awards for teaching online

Dennis Freeman, Isaac Chuang, Tracy Slatyer, Blanche Staton
2016

132 nominations were received for 90 different faculty members & instructors. The winners, chosen by a committee of 5 undergrad & grad students plus Dean Freeman, Dean Ortiz, and VP Sarma, are:

  • Lorna Gibson, MS&E
  • Max Goldman & Robert Miller, EECS
  • Chris Terman, EECS
  • Peter Dourmashkin, Physics
  • Kurt Fendt, CMS

Winners were honored at a luncheon and their teaching stories are highlighted in this video:

For more information please refer to the MIT News article or contact ODL Residential Education (odl-residential@mit.edu).