MIT and Esme Learning Launch Two New Online Courses in Data Strategy and Smart Mobility

BOSTON–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Esme Learning and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) have expanded their online executive education collaboration with two new six-week courses: Data Strategy: Leverage AI for Business and Smart Mobility: The Future of Transportation Tech & Sustainable Cities.

Participants who successfully complete both courses will receive a certificate issued by the MIT School of Architecture and Planning (SA+P).

“The next 50 years will bring profound change in many fields, and working professionals will need to retrain and upskill to prepare for the jobs of the future,” said Beth Porter, co-founder and CEO of Esme Learning. “Esme Learning and MIT have identified two key sectors – mobility and data – as the next to face rapid growth. Our collaboration ensures that professionals working in these industries can easily improve their skills with the help of guest speakers. leading guests in an immersive learning environment.”

“Esme Learning courses are grounded in research and applied AI, borrowing principles from cognition, social science and experiential learning to provide the very best in professional development,” said the faculty director of several MIT and Esme Learning courses, Professor Alex ‘Sandy. ‘Penland. “MIT is working with Esme Learning to advance education technology innovation with experiences that have the ability to transform the way people learn together online.”

The university and the AI-powered digital learning platform jointly launched their first courses, AI Leadership and Leading Health Tech Innovation, in June.


AI adoption has increased dramatically during the pandemic. In a 2021 KPMG survey of U.S. business leaders, 85% want their organization to accelerate AI adoption, and 82% agree that AI has been helpful to their organization during the pandemic.

AI has been particularly helpful in conjunction with data: An MIT Technology Review Insights report found that the 13% of organizations surveyed that have a successful data strategy also cited AI as a core technology that helped them to democratize their data and deliver measurable results across the enterprise. .

The Data Strategy course arms changemakers, business leaders, entrepreneurs, and venture capitalists with a toolkit to create an AI and data practice with the skills to accelerate business. company performance. While many organizations think they need to integrate AI to automate data and minimize laborious processes, they don’t appreciate the strategic opportunity it presents.

Unlike other courses that focus solely on AI modeling, this course will teach learners the strategy for identifying what organizational data they need to collect and how to access it. Learners will apply AI and data best practices to existing business frameworks, including integrating AI into their own organization.

The course instructor is Professor Alex “Sandy” Pentland, a pioneering artificial intelligence researcher whom Forbes has named “one of the world’s seven most powerful data scientists”. Pentland also teaches AI Leadership at MIT. Hundreds of companies have used his insights and research to support their own organizational productivity.


Recent years have seen a surge of interest in the future of smart mobility beyond a traditional transport mould: while many may still view the industry as strictly involving roads and cars, urban mobility introduces vast new opportunities related to trade and the future of work. In fact, the global shared mobility market will reach $238 billion by 2026, an increase of more than 200% from the estimated $99 billion in 2019.

The mobility industry is changing rapidly and creating a myriad of new business opportunities. Anyone hoping to participate in emerging mobility economies must move away from traditional transport models. To prepare business leaders with a foundation in design, policy, and technology, the Smart Mobility course takes a case-based approach each week focused on a singular “big idea.” Instructors will guide learners – consultants, entrepreneurs, regulators and anyone interested in going beyond industry basics – to understand the impact of AI on the private and public mobility sectors, the societal forces affecting smart cities, and how to explore and identify new mobility opportunities.

Faculty directors of the course include Professor Jinhua Zhao, who directs the JTL Urban Mobility Lab and the Transit Lab at MIT. Professor Zhao leads long-term research collaborations with major transport authorities and operators around the world, including London, Chicago, Hong Kong and Singapore. Annie Hudson, urban mobility researcher at the Urban Mobility Lab, joins Prof. Zhao as faculty director. Professor Pentland will also explain to learners how smart mobility organizations can leverage data and build trusted networks to succeed.

Courses powered by Esme Learning

Both courses, produced by Esme Learning in conjunction with MIT faculty and staff, feature high-quality video instruction from esteemed MIT professors; interactive and timely media such as podcasts and articles; and correlate formative assessments that test knowledge retention.

Courses on Esme Learning are carefully designed with learning design principles that emphasize measurement and feedback. Learners have many opportunities to immediately apply knowledge from the course through live simulations and small group exercises that mimic work scenarios. Esme Learning’s Artificial Intelligence Coach draws on 15 years of cognitive science research to intelligently analyze peer-to-peer interactions in small groups and suggest individual feedback by learner to ensure productive and rewarding group collaboration.

About Esme Learning

Esme Learning is transforming the future of digital learning with AI. Esme Learning courses are based on more than 15 years of cognitive science research on group collaboration, and they offer an immersive executive education experience with some of the world’s top universities. Each course combines high-quality videos, live simulations, interactive media and small-group exercises with the best principles of learning design that contribute to Esme Learning’s 97% course completion rate. Executives learn soft and hard skills to advance their careers, instructed by leading luminaries and experts in cutting-edge fields, such as fintech, cybersecurity, AI leadership, and healthcare enterprises. Backed by Adit Ventures, Esme Learning is the next step for education. For more information, visit

About MIT School of Architecture + Planning

MIT’s School of Architecture and Planning (SA+P) believes that humanity’s toughest problems and their solutions exist in the space between people and their environment. Since its inception in 1868 as the Department of Architecture, MIT SA+P has encouraged exploration of the human landscape as a vehicle for a better future. These online short courses reflect this goal, encompassing interdisciplinary exploration and the drive for meaningful progress that are central to the philosophy of MIT.

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