In two weeks, The Abdul Latif Jameel World Education Lab (J-WEL) will hold its inaugural J-WEL Week at MIT’s campus, bringing together participants from 27 countries and six continents, to develop a global community of educational leaders. Twice a year, J-WEL members will gather at the J-WEL Weeks, and in collaboration with MIT faculty and staff, will be challenged to define their key goals and create a plan on how to address them.
J-WEL Week 1, with the theme “The Power of Problem Solving,” will include presentations, research briefs, panels, and workshops that introduce participants to the essence of an MIT education, from its mission to its research, governance, and entrepreneurial culture. The concepts discussed in Week 1, including MIT curriculum and pedagogy, digital approaches, and the science of learning, will set the context for J-WEL Week 2 activities.
Throughout the week, J-WEL participants will interact with a diverse group of MIT speakers, faculty, and leaders. The week will begin with a welcome from the Vice President of Open Learning, Sanjay Sarma, and the Executive Director of J-WEL, Vijay Kumar, followed presentations highlighting unique aspects of the MIT educational approach. The next two days will include deeper dives for each membership Collaborative: pK-12, Higher Education, and Workplace Learning, with attendees participating in modular breakout sessions that address their specific interest areas.
Following J-WEL Weeks, which are thematic and faculty-led, members will also have the opportunity to attend J-WEL Exchanges, deeper dive collaborations focusing on specific topics and outcomes, where members will work alongside MIT faculty and staff. The first J-WEL Exchange will be held in 2018.
These events provide the opportunity for members to keep up on the latest research and developments in education. Equally as important, J-WEL Weeks and Exchanges provide members a venue at which to form relationships with each other and MIT leadership and faculty that will evolve into a network of innovators developing sustainable solutions to real-world challenges.