MIT launches new innovative continuing education programs

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The new plan will offer a portfolio of courses that allows organizations to improve the skills of their employees with project-based challenges.

MIT Professional Education announced that it will launch Digital Plus Programs, which will provide innovative collaborative learning courses that combine technology with live interactions to enhance critical thinking.

A department of the School of Engineering, MIT Professional Education provides continuing education and lifelong learning programs in the fields of science, technology and engineering. The institution says that more than 50,000 persons in 150 countries have enrolled in their programs.

The new plan will offer a portfolio of courses that allows organizations to improve the skills of their employees with project-based challenges.

“The programs create a learning environment that is personal and highly effective for individuals, while offering organizations insights on participant engagement and outcomes. MIT Professional Education leverages some of the world's most advanced online platforms, which use a variety of collaborative tools in order to meet the needs of individual and corporate participants.”

The courses have a duration of 6 to 10 weeks and innovate in the design and teaching methods; they range from online to in-person sessions and include group-based projects to enable interaction and networking.

"Collaborative online and blended learning have consistently shown to produce the most effective learning outcomes for today’s highly time-constrained technical professionals. That, combined with courses addressing the most high-demand technical and non-technical topics of the day, should garner significant interest from individuals and organizations around the world,” said Bhaskar Pant, executive director at MIT Professional Education.

Some features of the platform are:

  • Collaboration and live communication capabilities
  • Responsive and mobile-friendly with social and multimedia integration tools
  • Customizable assessments and reflection activities
  • Real-time engagement analytics for tracking individual and group progress