News from Residential Education at Open Learning: Vol. 4, Issue 1, Dec 9, 2020.

In this issue:



Festival of Learning

Save the Date: Festival of Learning

Wednesday, January 29, 2020, 9:30-4:30


Tribute to Woodie Flowers

Alice Pawley
Associate Professor, School of Engineering Education, Purdue

Learning Expo | Community Lunch | Workshops 

The Festival is free to the MIT community, but registration is required and will open in early January.



Residential MITx News

MITx behind the scenes...
When MITx upgrades to a new release, such as moving from Ginkgo to Hawthorne, improvements are usually visible to the user. The navigational structure may be augmented, new features may be added, or tools may be streamlined.

However, in addition to visible improvements, many increased efficiencies, upgrades, and enhancements occur in the background, which learners and course creators never see. These improvements serve an important purpose: they increase functionality, add to platform stability, or improve performance. Although the next major MITx upgrade is not scheduled until early June, the MITx team will be doing upgrades in the background in late December of this coming year. Service will continue as usual and functionality will not change.

As always, if you wish to learn more about MITx, the educational technologists are available to speak or meet with you and can be reached at


Meet the Residential Team

Learning Engineer Anindya Roy was recently profiled in a Q&A interview with MIT Integrated Learning Initiative Program Manager Steve Nelson. The interview provides an opportunity to learn about Anindya's work, research, and more.



xTalks Retrospective

Did you miss any xTalks from this past fall? Visit the xTalks archive for videos, slides, and presentation summaries.