GetSmarter

The School of Architecture and Planning is collaborating with digital education company GetSmarter, a wholly-owned subsidiary of 2U, Inc., to offer MIT online courses taught by MIT faculty experts from our departments, labs, and centers.

MIT online courses are taught entirely online, typically requiring 8-10 hours work per week for 6-8 weeks. Participants who successfully complete the course earn a certificate from the MIT School of Architecture and Planning. Other schools and units at MIT also offer courses through GetSmarter. See the full list of current MIT offerings.

Current courses taught by SA+P faculty are:

 

Cryptocurrency

Taught by Gary Gensler, co-director of MIT’s FinTech@CSAIL and senior advisor to the MIT Media Lab Digital Currency Initiative, and Neha Narula, director of the MIT Media Lab Digital Currency Initiative. This course examines both the potential and limitations of peer-to-peer, digital currencies through critical reasoning and the development of your crypto literacy. You’ll gain the skills to assess the viability of crypto projects, and understand the opportunities and challenges faced by big tech, entrepreneurs, and venture capitalists, as well as the response from banks and governments to this disruptive technology.

Cryptocurrency is a six-week course. Enrollment dates for the 2020 presentations are as follows:

  • Course starts: March 4, 2020. Registration closes: February 25, 2020.
  • Course starts: June 3, 2020. Registration closes: May 26, 2020.
  • Course starts: August 12, 2020. Registration closes: August 4, 2020.
  • Course starts: October 14, 2020. Registration closes: October 6, 2020.

Visit the course page on GetSmarter to learn more.

Beyond Smart Cities

Taught by Kent Larson, director of the City Science group at the MIT Media Lab, this course will explore how disruptive technologies such as artificial intelligence (AI), blockchain, and the Internet of Things (IoT) can be leveraged to create change and better meet the needs of urban citizens. You’ll learn to engage with the social, cultural, political, and economic forces at play within urban communities, and generate meaningful solutions to the challenges of contemporary city designs.

Beyond Smart Cities: Emerging Design and Technology is a six-week course. Enrollment dates for the 2020 presentations are as follows:

  • Course starts: January 29, 2020. Registration closes: January 21, 2020
  • Course starts: April 29, 2020. Registration closes: April 21, 2020
  • Course starts: July 29, 2020. Registration closes: July 21, 2020
  • Course starts: October 28, 2020. Registration closes: October 20, 2020

Visit the course page on GetSmarter to learn more.
Read about recent research from Kent Larson on MIT News.

Commercial Real Estate Analysis and Investment

Taught by David Geltner, professor of real estate finance in the MIT Department of Urban Studies and Planning and associate director of research at the MIT Center for Real Estate, this course is intended to bring the potential of lucrative commercial real estate to investors, while introducing key concepts and tools needed to reduce risk and make intelligent real estate investment decisions.

Commercial Real Estate Analysis and Investment is a six-week course. Enrollment dates for the 2020 presentations are as follows:

  • Course starts: January 29, 2020. Registration closes: January 21, 2020
  • Course starts: April 15, 2020. Registration closes: April 7, 2020
  • Course starts: June 17, 2020. Registration closes: June 9, 2020
  • Course starts: August 26, 2020. Registration closes: August 18, 2020
  • Course starts: October 28, 2020. Registration closes: October 20, 2020

Visit the course page on GetSmarter to learn more
Read about recent research from Professor Geltner on MIT News

Entrepreneurship in the Built Environment

Taught by Gilad Rosenzweig, executive director for MITdesignX, this course explores innovation for good in the built environment. You’ll learn to identify and address the challenges facing citizens in urban settings as well as gain the tools to  turn your solutions into marketable ventures. Starting with a conceptual solution, you’ll learn to apply design-based approaches to your concept, develop an action plan, and eventually how to launch a viable business that provides answers to real-world problems.

Entrepreneurship in the Built Environment is an eight-week course. Enrollment dates for the 2020 presentations are as follows:

  • Course starts: September 9, 2020. Registration closes: September 1, 2020

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Data Science in Real Estate

Taught by Dr Andrea Chegut, cofounder and director of the MIT Real Estate Innovation Lab, head of research at MITdesignX, and research scientist at MIT Center for Real Estate, this course teaches you the analytical skills needed to make data-driven real estate decisions. You’ll gain an introduction into the application of machine learning in the built environment and learn how to use data science methods to identify and interpret patterns that will help you better assess property risks and opportunities.

Data Science in Real Estate is a six-week course. Enrollment dates for the 2020 presentations are as follows:

  • Course starts: June 10, 2020. Registration closes: June 2, 2020
  • Course starts: August 26, 2020. Registration closes: August 18, 2020
  • Course starts: October 21, 2020. Registration closes: October 13, 2020

Visit the course page on GetSmarter to learn more