Twice a year, the Office of Digital Learning’s MITx Grant Program provides a new round of funding for the development and operation of online modules that leverage the edX platform; preference is given to projects that will impact both global (edX) and MIT residential audiences. The most recent call for proposals emphasized teaching methods and new kinds of assessments not possible in the traditional classroom. Selected in March, here’s the latest crop of courses set to earn their X:

Fundamentals of Materials Science and Engineering
Professor Silvija Gradečak (Materials Science and Engineering) and Digital Learning Scientist Jessica Sandland ’99, PhD ’05

Foundations of Information Policy
Professor Hal Abelson PhD ’73 (CSAIL/Media Lab), Principal Research Scientist Daniel Weitzner (CSAIL), and Professor Michael Fischer (Anthropology)

Molecular Biology
Professors Tania Baker and Steve Bell (Biology) and Digital Learning Scientist Mary Ellen Wiltrout PhD ’09

Atomic and Optical Physics II
Professor Wolfgang Ketterle (Physics) and Digital Learning Scientist Saif Rayyan

Quantum Mechanics
Professor Barton Zwiebach (Physics) and Digital Learning Scientist Saif Rayyan

Contemporary African Democracy
Professor Evan Lieberman (Political Science)

Linear Differential Equations
Professor David Jerison (Mathematics) and Digital Learning Scientist Jennifer French PhD ’10

Visualizing the Philippines
Professor Christopher Capozzola (History)

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