Opportunity of Next Generation Learning

System Design and Management, MIT distance learning

SDM’s distance experience is important for all SDM fellows, whether they are enrolled in SDM’s on-campus, distance or commuter options, because all class assignments are designed to replicate today’s reality of geographically disparate teams in the workplace.

Teams of SDM fellows use collaborative videoconferencing tools (such as WebEx) to enhance their skills in innovating, collaborating and leading across organizational boundaries, international time zones and differences in work-family-school balance to complete successful projects on budget and on time.


The SDM program office will provide distance students and/or their internal conference/university program centers with a clear spreadsheet of information about each class (including dates and times) before the start of term.

Class participation

All students are expected to attend each class and to participate. Professors will call on students by site and personally. Students who need a closer look at the materials, or who have obtained prior permission from the professor to be excused from a particular class, will have access to recorded video archives that are produced for each session for review purposes.

A teaching assistant (TA) is assigned to most courses. The TA will be the main contact person for grading and feedback as well as for WebEx chat assistance for asking questions in class, as necessary.

The SDM program office at MIT has integrated course management into the existing MIT course support tool (Stellar). © 2018/19