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The Massachusetts Institute of Technology on Tuesday announced a slate of new initiatives to expand and research digital and online education for learners of all ages. For its residential students, MIT will offer a program through its Digital Learning Lab for postdocs who want to create digital materials for use in their fields, including online course work that can be used in face-to-face courses. MIT is also expanding its continuing education courses and creating a new faculty advisory committee to coordinate digital learning initiatives aimed at K-12 students.

On the research side, MIT is launching the Integrated Learning Initiative, an interdisciplinary center that will examine the process of learning. Sanjay Sarma, appointed to the new position of vice president for open learning, will lead MITili (pronounced "mightily"), and its findings will be applied to MIT's online and in-person programs.