Danya Sherman, case study initiative manager for the STL Lab, and her team traveled to south Florida to film an MIT Case Study that explores planning in the face of severe weather impacts resulting from climate change.
The STL Lab is creating multimedia case studies to serve as supplements for the MOOCs.
We are pleased to announce the first request for proposals for the STL Lab’s Case Study Initiative from faculty and research scientists across MIT. Initial teams will have the opportunity to pilot an innovative, multimedia form of case method delivery and dissemination developed by the STL Lab. The intent is to provide engaging content with an emphasis on global education with high potential for societal impact.
The Lab´s case studies are designed to be Multimedia (utilizing audio, video, and data); Immersive (allowing students to immerse deeply within the social situation in the case,) and Thought-provoking. The case studies will also feature crowd-sourced material, allowing users to create content and cases to evolve over time. The case studies will be used in three channels:
- Massive, Open, Online Courses (MOOCs) that will be developed by the STL Lab;
- for use in undergraduate, graduate, and community college courses in real estate, urban planning, policy, design, business, and related fields; and worldwide
- use at MIT’s own courses, particularly Center for Real Estate, Department of Architecture, Department of Urban Studies and Planning, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering and Sloan School of Management.
The STL Lab will provide financial support to case teams, in exchange for case teams’ ability to actively partner with the STL Lab and meet mutually agreed upon topics as well as deadlines. The STL Lab’s multimedia production team includes web and graphic designers, instructional designers, video producers and editors, writers, and translators. This team will produce the case under the guidance of the case teams through storyboarding, media production, writing and instructional design, and more.
The proposals will ideally be a group of cases that together cover the following topics in development and land use education:
- Real Estate Economics and Finance
- Urban Development and Planning
- Environmentally-sustainable Urban Development
- Ecosystem Integration in Development
- Innovative Technology in Building and Infrastructure
- Health and Wellbeing in Architecture and Development Projects
- Real Estate Entrepreneurship
- Social responsibility in Real Estate and Urban Growth Management
- Real Estate Practice in China
- Urban Growth and Planning in China
How to apply
Case studies proposals are open to MIT School of Architecture + Planning, the Sloan School of Management, and Civil and Environmental Engineering faculty who have a PI status. Cross- disciplinary approaches are encouraged. Individual applicants or teams may submit no more than one proposal during each funding cycle. All cases should have global audiences in mind. Cases will also be evaluated on the ability of the research team to capture interviews with relevant players, gather financial, land use, GIS, and other relevant data in a timely manner, as well as the feasibility for production (involving several trips to the site to conduct interviews, photo and video documentation, and more).
Priority will be given to case-study proposal that follow as many principles as per below:
- Have clear pedagogical and learning objectives
- Teach basic principles for broad, global audiences
- Induce collaborations with outside organizations and universities
- Illustrate environmentally-sound real estate and urban development practices
- Illustrate socially-responsible real estate and urban development practices
- Inspire innovation and entrepreneurship in the development and use of real estate and the built environment
- Spur real estate and other kinds of entrepreneurship by economically and socially-disadvantaged groups
- Have a global component, with a premium on cases related to China
- Illustrate best practices in Urban Growth and Planning Policies
Proposals (no more than three pages) should include the following.
- A brief abstract (no more than one paragraph);
- A brief narrative (no more than one page) describing the case, the research team’s exposure to its context, and its fit for this initiative based on the criteria described
- Links to any relevant websites with more information, etc
- One paragraph describing the ability for you and your team, along with potential producers and other members of the case study production team, to travel to the case location in the next year and interview the relevant case stake-holders
- A list of existing or easily discoverable resources that might be leveraged (financial data about the site or development, maps, existing studies, etc).
- A list of local contacts (policymakers, organizations, firms, entrepreneurs, stakeholders, practitioners) who pledge to collaborate with the team to provide relevant information about the case, and that can agree with MIT ́s disclosure requirements for educational materials (copy attached).
- A list of research team members and their proposed roles, including on-the-ground stakeholders and team members (if the case is not local to the Boston region)
- The educational context, if the case is to be developed with the assistance of currently- enrolled MIT students in the course of a class, seminar, practicum, studio, student competition, or other academic activity.
- A proposed budget, including any expenses related to the educational activity in which the case materials will be developed if suitable.
If the initial proposal is accepted, the STL Lab will contact applicants to set up an interview to discuss more and may ask for follow-up information. For more information, including budget templates, please contact the STL Lab (email@example.com), or Danya Sherman (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Method of submission and deadline
Applicants can submit proposals to the STL Lab as soon as possible, but no later than June 15, 2016 by logging in at stl-applications.mit.edu. Applicants may be contacted to meet with the STL Lab for further discussion. Awards will be announced by August 1, 2016, with the expected commencement of funded projects shortly thereafter. The STL Lab anticipates selecting six case studies to begin in the 2016 – 2017 academic year.
Please contact Danya Sherman (email@example.com) at the STL Lab with any and all questions, thoughts, and inquiries. We are very willing to work with applicants who are unsure of whether a case meets the criteria.
Related News & Events
Last May, the STL Lab’s Case Study Initiative released its inaugural Request for Proposals to solicit our first round of MIT Case Studies. We received 11 applications, and are proud to announce that the following six applications were approved. The research teams will work with the STL Lab’s creative production team over the course of the next year to collaboratively develop unique multimedia, immersive, and thought-provoking learning experiences. Stay tuned for updates regarding the further development of the Case Study Initiative.