About

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Mission

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Goals

  • Reinvent pK-12 Education
    Addressing primary and secondary education will enable us to reach children at the most critical time of their lives, and to prepare them for the future we will leave in our trail amidst economic, political, technological, and planetary change.
  • Renew Higher Education
    Transforming higher education will allow us to prepare the next generation of professionals who are employable, and who can create employment, while also becoming critical thinkers and leaders for the world.
  • Revitalize Workplace Learning
    Our reach to workplace learning will inform us of what educational standards we need to fulfill the potential of the next generation, while also keeping the workforce productive, engaged, and responsive to changing industries.
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J-WEL is a living, learning laboratory

Work with us as we:

  • Share evidence-based research on learning

  • Redesign schools and programs

  • Advance curriculum, pedagogy, and teacher education

  • Develop learning tools and technologies

  • Build collaborative new programs, departments, and institutes

  • Inform best practices and policy

  • Lead educational innovation at MIT

  • Convene as a global community to identify next challenges and goals

To achieve this, we invite you to join us, along with MIT affiliates across campus, to make impact at scale.

Team

Sanjay Sarma

Vice President for Open Learning

Reporting to the President, the Vice President for Open Learning is responsible for assessing how new models of online instruction might become integral parts of MIT students’ on-campus education, and for shaping a coherent vision for an educational model that blends the best of residential education with the best of online learning. The Vice President for Open Learning oversees MITx, OpenCourseWare, the Office of Digital Learning, and the MIT Integrated Learning Initiative (MITili). Sarma is the Fred Fort Flowers (1941) and Daniel Fort Flowers (1941) Professor of Mechanical Engineering at MIT.

M.S. Vijay Kumar

Executive Director

M.S. Vijay Kumar is Executive Director of J-WEL and also the Associate Dean of Digital Learning with responsibility for Strategic Educational Initiatives. He is a member of the MIT OpenCourseWare (OCW) advisory committee, and served as executive officer for MIT’s Council on Educational Technology, and a member of the steering committee for iCampus, the MIT-Microsoft alliance and PI for the Open Knowledge Initiative. Kumar’s research as well as his advisory engagements are directed toward strategy, planning and implementing technological innovations globally.

Angela Belcher

Angela Belcher

pK-12 Collaborative
co-Faculty Director

Angela Belcher is also the co-Chair of the pK-12 Action Group at MIT. She is the James Mason Crafts Professor of Biological Engineering and Materials Science and Engineering. Belcher is a member of the Koch Institute for Integrative Cancer Research. Belcher’s work focuses on evolving organisms to build new materials and devices for clean energy, electronics, the environment and medicine. She is currently developing interactive hands-on, minds-on curriculum for kindergarten through 5th grade based on MIT undergraduate curriculum and the philosophy of “mens et manus.”

Eric Klopfer

Eric Klopfer

pK-12 Collaborative
co-Faculty Director

Eric Klopfer is Professor and Director of the Scheller Teacher Education Program and The Education Arcade at MIT. Klopfer’s research focuses on the development and use of computer games and simulations for building understanding of science, technology, engineering and mathematics. Klopfer is also co-Chair of the pK-12 Action Group at MIT, as well as PI at the Teaching Systems Lab.

Hazel Sive

Hazel Sive

Higher Ed Collaborative
Faculty Director

Hazel Sive is Professor of Biology at MIT, Member of the Whitehead Institute for Biomedical Research, Associate Member of the Broad Institute and a MacVicar Faculty Fellow. She is former Associate Dean of Science with oversight for diversity and education. Sive’s research focuses on brain and craniofacial development, and underlying disorders. She is Director of the MIT-South Africa Program and Founding Coordinator of the MIT-AFRICA Initiative. She is Director of the new MIT-Educator Program that focuses on university curriculum design, incorporating problem-solving, digital and entrepreneurial approaches.

The Workplace Learning Collaborative Faculty Director is to be announced.

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