In an attempt to address the problems articulated above, MIT established the MIT-Empowering the Teachers (MIT-ETT) Program lead by Professor Akintunde Ibitayo Akinwande (EECS). The program invites young, brilliant and upcoming African academics, who recently completed their doctoral degree, to spend an intensive and inclusive semester at MIT in a bid to understudy the mode (& dynamics) of curricula development and content delivery at MIT. The aim is to facilitate in African institutions improved teaching content development that is geared towards
(1) students-centered content delivery
(2) problem-solving and
This amongst other things will result in the development new courses and the modification of existing curricula to ones that are geared towards critical thinking, open-ended problem solving and hands-on design but also promote innovation and creativity. While at MIT, these African academics developed new course content for their home universities which are consistent with the objectives of developing these skills in their students. During their semester at MIT, Fellows do the following: • observe instruction in their own disciplines & subjects • interact with MIT faculty teaching in their own disciplines & subjects • develop courses based on a problem-solving approach inspired by an equivalent course at MIT • discuss & explore curricular enrichment & reform through both formal and informal interaction with the MIT community The ultimate goal is to reform their current curricular using new materials, approaches, and methods that exemplify the best of MIT’s practices: problem-solving, student-centered, innovation and bringing knowledge to bear on the world’s greatest challenges.
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