MechE Information

In this section:

  • Contact

Contact

If you have any questions about remote teaching please contact John Liu (johnhliu@mit.edu), or alternatively Simona Socrate (ssocrate@mit.edu) or Jose Pacheco (jpacheco@mit.edu).


Resources for Remote Teaching

In this section:

  • MechE Remote Teaching Best Practices – Pedagogy and DEI
  • MechE Workshops on Remote Teaching
  • Canvas: Get Ready to Teach Remote
  • Canvas Training Recording
  • Guidance on Remote Making
  • Institute Remote Teaching Resources

MechE Teaching Best Practices – Pedagogy and DEI

This document is a live document that will continue to be updated to meet emerging needs. It includes information on the following:

  • Pedagogy and Practical Considerations
  • Tablet drawing / slides
  • Internet, Hardware, Video, Software
  • Audio and Video
  • Hands-on Projects Remotely
  • Other Resources

MechE Teaching Best Practices - Pedagogy and DEI

MechE Workshops on Remote Teaching

  • July 14, 2020: Workshop on Preparing to Teach in Fall
    Slides | Zoom Recording
  • May 8, 2020: Guide to Transitioning to Remote Teaching Part III – Final Exams and Remote Teaching Debrief
    Slides | Zoom Recording
  • March 20, 2020: Guide to Transitioning to Remote Teaching Part II – Software Workflows
    Slides | Zoom Recording
  • March 11, 2020: Guide to Transitioning to Remote Teaching Part I – Pedagogy and Practical Considerations
    Slides | Zoom Recording

Canvas: Get Ready to Teach Remote

MIT’s Teaching & Learning Lab has created this Canvas site (web certificates required) on ‘Get Ready to Teach Remote’ which includes various modules related to remote teaching. Links to these modules are also included in MechE Teaching Best Practices document. We encourage you to use these resources as you prepare for remote teaching in Fall 2020. If you need Canvas training, contact John Liu (johnhliu@mit.edu).

Canvas Site: Get Ready to Teach Remote

If you want to start with a primer on the Canvas transition, begin here:
 

 

Canvas Training Recording

Below is a recording of a Canvas training held on October 27 for MechE faculty and teaching staff:

Canvas Training Recording

Below is a recording of a Canvas training held on December 17 for MechE faculty, staff, and TAs:

Canvas Training Recording (12/17)

Guidance on Remote Making

  • Faculty Guidance on Making and Fabrication in Remote Classes
    Project Manus and EHS have provided the following document that provides guidance as to which MIT office needs to provide approval under which circumstances:

    Issues and Actions Related to Planning/Running Making and Fabrication in Remote Classes
     
  • Remote Making Framework
    Project Manus and EHS have developed a decision-making framework remote making. The framework is informed by a color-coded key that clearly indicates what steps to take depending on the tools and materials a student will be using for their MIT-sponsored projects.

    Remote Making Resource Site

Learn more in a letter from Vice Chancellor Ian Waitz and an MIT News article.

Institute Remote Teaching Resources

  • MIT Teach Remote
    This Institute website has resources, tools, and support for online teaching.

    MIT Teach Remote
     
  • MIT Wide Forum: Remote Teaching Resources
    A public site has been created for the MIT community to share resources and tips about remote teaching.

    Teach Remote Forum

Fall 2020 Planning

In this section:

  • MechE Fall 2020 Subject Descriptions
  • MIT Fall 2020 FAQ

MechE Fall 2020 Subject Descriptions

The following document provides an in-depth overview of the MechE course offerings for Fall 2020, whether they have required in-person components, optional in-person components, or are fully remote.

If you need to make changes to your course’s description, please email Emily Kierstead at emilygk@mit.edu

MechE Fall 2020 Course Overview

MIT Fall 2020 FAQ

The Institute has prepared the following comprehensive FAQ for students regarding Fall 2020: 

MIT Fall 2020 FAQ


 

Spring 2021 Updates

In this section:

  • UROP Information

UROP Information  

UROP is an integral part of an MIT education, and the Institute will make UROP and other experiential learning opportunities available to undergraduate students. See the IAP and Spring UROP pages for details on lab-access for UROPs note the updates below. Remote UROPs will continue to be an option for both students living on and off campus in spring 2021.

Updated February 2, 2021 

  • Spring lab access. Undergraduates invited back to campus for spring 2021 and living in MIT housing (including FSILG Pilots) may be authorized for lab access for in-person UROPs. Research must meet all safety and public health requirements and can be conducted within the confines of MIT’s limited campus constraints. The student must meet all requirements for in-person UROPs, including securing approval from the faculty sponsor/PI and the Student Covid Access Request Team. Before adding UROP students to the Exercise B spreadsheet, faculty supervisors must first contact student-car@mit.edu.
  • UROP for seniors living off-campus: Seniors living off-campus and in good standing with all Covid Pass testing and health monitoring requirements are eligible for in-person UROP work.  Per MIT’s senior administration, this is extended only to seniors in their second/final term who must stay current with twice-a-week testing, daily health attestation, and other Institute requirements, to maintain access.  Research must meet safety and public health requirements and is conducted within limited campus constraints. Approval must be secured from the faculty sponsor/PI and the Student Covid Access Request Team. Before adding senior UROP students to the Exercise B spreadsheet, faculty supervisors must first contact student-car@mit.edu.  Please see the Spring 2021 section for information on important dates. 
  • Virtual UROPs conducted outside the US.  Students doing UROP work outside of the US may only participate for academic credit; hourly pay is not possible. 

    Please note the following:
    • Work to be continued abroad in Iran, Syria, Cuba, North Korea, the Crimea region of Ukraine, China (including Hong Kong), Russia, or Saudi Arabia will require review by MIT’s remote international appointment team. Projects in Iran, Syria, Cuba, North Korea, or the Crimea region of Ukraine may not continue until the remote appointment team review has been conducted.

To request in-person UROP lab access

  • UROP supervisor should email the following info to student-car@mit.edu (with cc to PI):
    • Student’s first and last name
    • MIT ID#
    • MIT email address
    • Building for which lab access is requested
  • UROP student should submit a UROP proposal in the application system, if they have not already done so. An active UROP proposal will need to be in the system before eligibility can be confirmed.
  • Student COVID Access Request Review Team checks for COVID Access
    • If student is eligible for lab access campus:
      • Supervisor and PI are informed that the student is approved for lab access
      • Only after the Review Team issues an approval, PI (or the DLC AO) adds the student to the Exercise B spreadsheet
      • AO uploads Exercise B spreadsheet to grant access
    • If student is ineligible for lab access, supervisor will be notified.
    • Note that the Student-CAR team are also responsible for adding and removing student TAs to and from COVID Access

If you have any questions about UROP processes, please contact UROP Staff at (617) 253-7306, urop@mit.edu


 

 

 

Academic Regulations and Policy Updates

In this section:

  • Academic Regulations
  • Grading Policy for Fall 2020

Academic Regulations

On August 10, emergency academic regulations and policies for fall 2020 were announced. Please review them at the following link:

Fall 2020 emergency academic regulations and policies

Grading Policy for Fall 2020

On July 17, 2020, an email was sent to students and faculty outlining grading policies for fall semester. On July 28, 2020 the full policy was made available.

July 7, 2020: Further decisions about the fall semester

July 17, 2020: Grading Policy for Fall 2020

July 28, 2020: Full Grading Policy for Fall 2020


Supporting Students

In this section:

  • Supporting Students During the COVID-19
  • Checking in with Students in Your Class
  • MIT Student Support Resources

Supporting Students During the COVID-19

The Office of the Vice Chancellor and the Division of Student Life posted advice and tips on providing direct support to a student in distress and for maintaining connections to students from a distance.

Read Tips for Supporting Students

Checking in with Students in Your Class

It is important to check in with your students to find how they are navigating this new world of remote learning. Identifying significant issues (e.g., access and/or connectivity, insufficient support, inappropriate pace, workload, etc.) now can allow you to make adjustments quickly to better support student learning throughout the rest of the semester.

TLL has created a template feedback form to help instructors better understand how students in class are navigating this new mode of learning.

Getting feedback from your students

MIT Student Support Resources

The health and wellbeing of our students is our top priority. Please utilize the following resources when working with your students who may need additional support:


Other Remote Teaching Resources

MIT Now Website

This MIT Now website offers the latest updates, guidance, and resources for aspects of MIT operations related to COVID-19. For updates related to teaching and education please visit:

MIT Now: Faculty & Teaching Staff

MIT Teach Remote

This Institute website has resources, tools, and support for online teaching.

MIT Teach Remote

MIT TLL

The mission of the Teaching and Learning Lab is to partner with MIT educators, staff, and administrators to create an educational environment where students are academically challenged, actively engaged, and personally supported.

https://tll.mit.edu/

MIT Wide Forum: Remote Teaching Resources

A public site has been created for the MIT community to share resources and tips about remote teaching.

Teach Remote Forum

Curated Links to Other University Remote Teaching

This Google sheet, which is managed by faculty from Stanford, provides curated links from other universities regarding business continuity and remote teaching.

Remote Teaching Resources for Business Continuity