Idea Bank

This task force is focused on generating future-facing ideas for MIT beyond the current 2020-2021 academic year. Questions and ideas related to the Institute's Covid-19 response activities can be sent to mitcovidresponse@mit.edu.

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Develop a program of a la carte connectivity (Matram, slack, Hammer, team rooms, murals, etc) and operationalized development resources (comprehensive mentoring and/or buddy systems, expert networks, genius bar support) to support people...
J.Talbot September 6, 2020
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MIT can create a physical, virtual, and/or collaborative secondary school(s) with strong focus on STEM education. MIT students, staff and faculty can also provide help in creating content, teaching students, mentoring students.
taeminn song September 2, 2020
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MIT already provides outdoor Wi-Fi in a few areas. MIT can expand that service into the Newtowne Court and Washington Elms public housing neighborhoods. They would have high-speed Internet for online learning and access to educational...
Taeminn Song September 2, 2020
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For those who are working remotely and do not have a fax machine. Would MIT be able to recommend/support a secure remote faxing option? It would be great to have this option also listed with other working remote resources available...
sara kim September 2, 2020
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We should no longer attribute buildings to people. I am very concerned about the reputation of MIT and how it reflects upon its community, especially with the very public scandals as of late. It's further complicated when we take in...
Anthony Chen September 2, 2020
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Why not consider offering an early buyout? Long term staff may consider retiring early and maybe that could avoid possible future layoffs for other staff?
Darlene McGurl September 2, 2020
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"Open access to the products of teaching and research promises to speed the accumulation of knowledge and insight and enhance opportunities for collaboration. It also aligns with MIT’s mission to generate, disseminate, and preserve...
Amy Nurnberger September 1, 2020
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The NASEM report and MIT's working groups discuss the problems at universities with sexual harassment. One finding is that power imbalance in university structure (for example a tenured-advisor and a PhD candidate) can lead to...
MechE Graduate Student August 31, 2020
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As an alum-turned-staff-member, I've been annoyed by the age of our financial systems and their clunkiness. The system does not lend itself towards efficiency in the essential everyday functions (e.g. submitting/approving PCard...
Staff at the Institute August 20, 2020
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Some people needed to wait 2 hours to get a Covid test yesterday. It seems like the rate limiting step is printing out the labels for employees to stick on the tube. It would be faster if the tubes already came with a sticker that had a 2D...
Katherine L Villa August 19, 2020
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