We are fostering a community of educators, researchers, and technologists engaged in developing and supporting effective learning experiences in online learning environments.
DISCOURSE & DOCUMENTATION of the Digital Learning Experience
xTalks: Digital Discourses is a seminar series to facilitate awareness, deep understanding and transference of educational innovations at MIT and elsewhere. xTalks forums share strategies, solutions, and issues related to transformation in educational practice, particularly through the use of digital technologies. Our programs build on and extend legacy forums and forums already in place such as the HHMI Education Group (HHMI is the Howard Hughes Medical Institute), Crosstalk, TLL's DUET (Dean of Undergraduate Education Talk series through the Teaching and Learning Lab), the RELATE research group (RELATE is Research in Learning And Teaching Effectively), and more.
Engaging faculty, disseminating innovative teaching and learning practices
Our events engage MIT faculty and the larger MIT community in an examination of common themes and practices. Presentations and discussions on model educational technology applications from MIT faculty as well as practitioners and experts representing the learning sciences, digital learning, assessment, learning technology and diverse disciplines are important features.
xTalks goes beyond being a 'showcase' to being a vehicle for sharing and dissemination of innovative teaching and learning practices, leading to contextually relevant adoption and eventually to successful educational transformation. These gatherings encourage the development of communities of interest and practice around pedagogies and educational technology. The seminars can be scaffolded and supplemented by online activity to support ongoing communication and encourage knowledge sharing.
We expect the outcomes from this symposium will help inform the transformation of place-based and online education at MIT and elsewhere.
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