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Innovation Insights: A Research Talk with Mary Ellen Wiltrout

The Nuances of Data-Informed MOOC Design

Date & Time

February 5, 2024, 12:00 PM - February 5, 2024, 1:00 PM



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Join the Center for Academic Innovation for the latest Innovation Insights Research Talk featuring Mary Ellen Wiltrout, director of online and blended learning initiatives at MIT's Department of Biology.

This talk will highlight several research projects that include engagement in self-paced versus instructor-paced courses, design that prevents dishonest behavior in MOOC summative assessment, and data-informed revision of formative assessments. Dr. Wiltrout will also discuss the importance of instructor presence during an open online course run.

A Zoom link will be provided upon registration. We hope to see you there!


Innovation Insights

The Center for Academic Innovation brings together people who want to transform education, share knowledge, and increase learner success by hosting inspiring talks, collaborative problem-solving workshops, and discussions on the latest in educational research and practice. The Innovation Insights series features a diverse lineup of topics, delivered by leaders in academia and private industry, united by the common goals of delivering insights into how to further academic innovation and build the future of education.


About Mary Ellen Wiltrout

Mary Ellen Wiltrout leads the execution of the digital learning strategy for Biology at MIT. She mentors instructors, postdoctoral fellows, and students, manages projects involving MOOCs and hybrid learning experiences, and conducts research on the design of digital learning experiences. Three of her MOOCs are ranked on the best online courses of all time list by Class Central. Prior to her current position, Mary Ellen earned her Ph.D. in Biology from MIT and then taught at Harvard University. Mary Ellen’s broader roles include co-leading the MIT Digital Learning Lab, organizing conferences and workshops on digital learning, and serving on committees across MIT.