Distance Learning

MIT Launches Digital Plus Courses for Professional Learning

MIT Professional Learning is launching a new program designed to offer organizations courses for their employees that feature project-based challenges designed by Massachusetts Institute of Technology faculty.

Dubbed Digital Plus Programs, these new offerings aim to provide personal and effective learning environments for individual participants while providing their organizations information on participant engagement and outcomes by leveraging online platforms and collaborative tools.

Ranging from six to 10 weeks in length, the courses use "a variety of design and teaching modalities that range from interactive online to in-person sessions in order to impart leading-edge content and practices that are highly relevant to professionals across all industries," according to a news release. "The courses include embedded group-based projects, challenges and learning activities, enabling knowledge-sharing, networking and innovation."

The first course offered through the new initiative, The Intersection of Leadership and Innovation, is being offered in partnership with Cahoot Learning, provider of an online platform designed to accommodate multiple cohorts from around the world with features such as collaboration and live communication tools, customizable assessments and analytics focused on engagement and progress.

Digital Plus Programs will also include professional certificate programs that require completion of four courses. The first two certificate programs, Leading in the Transformative Era and Strategic Leadership and Innovation, are currently in development and will require completion of the first course offering, The Intersection of Leadership and Innovation.

For more information, visit professional.mit.edu.

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Joshua Bolkan is contributing editor for Campus Technology, THE Journal and STEAM Universe. He can be reached at jbolkan@gmail.com.

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