Events | MIT J-WEL


The Davidson Academy, a public school dedicated to serving the needs of profoundly gifted students, is hosting a series of webinars to share best practices in online learning. This webinar series is open to educators and parents.

Craig Zilles, Associate Professor and Education Innovation Fellow at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, will discuss an effective, secure, and efficient alternative to traditional pencil-and-paper exams that scales to even the largest courses. The College of Engineering at the University of Illinois has been running a Computer-Based Testing Facility (CBTF) for more than six years and have been running at scale (e.g., 35+ courses, 75,000+ exams/semester) for the past several years. Zilles will discuss the basic operation of their CBTF and the key components that make it work. 

If you are considering J-WEL membership, or are already a J-WEL member, this is a great opportunity to learn more about how J-WEL can benefit your organization.

Join for the Scratch Conference 2020, a playful gathering of educators, researchers, developers, and other members of the worldwide Scratch community. The conference comes at a time of great opportunity but also great challenge for education and learning—so the Scratch community is excited to come together to share ideas about how to support creative learning experiences for young people around the world.

The Connected Learning Summit represents a merger between three community events with this shared vision and values: the Digital Media and Learning Conference, the Games+Learning+Society Conference, and Sandbox Summit. With a unique focus on cross-sector connections and progressive and catalytic innovation, this event brings together leading researchers, educators and developers.

The virtual Learning at Scale conference this year features an exciting and timely program, including five research paper sessions and two work-in-progress/demo sessions, a keynote speech by Katie Davis on “What I’ve Learned from Doctor Who Fans about Learning @ Scale," a fireside chat on “Ethics in Learning @ Scale, and exciting workshops. In this webinar, we will preview parts of the program and talk about the role of learning at scale today.

The 2020 Learning at Scale conference will be held August 12-14 as a virtual conference due to COVID-19. L@S investigates large-scale, technology-mediated learning environments that typically have many active learners and few experts on hand to guide their progress or respond to individual needs. Modern learning at scale typically draws on data at scale, collected from current learners and previous cohorts of learners over time. Large-scale learning environments are very diverse. Formal institutional education in K-16 and campus-based courses in popular fields involve many learners, relative to the number of teaching staff, and leverage varying forms of data collection and automated support. Learn more at the L@S official site.

This workshop provides an opportunity to learn about evidence-based practices for design and implementation of learning experiences. You will apply practical strategies and tools to create a problem-based, student-centered curriculum strongly grounded in instructional design principles. You will examine and evaluate learning practices based on findings from learning sciences, and will engage in hands-on activities to create prototypes of digital or face-to-face lesson content. You will be introduced to examples of best practices employed at MIT presented by experts from different disciplines. 

The upcoming J-WEL Week will be a virtual event using webcast and webinar approaches with no in-person component. “J-WEL Connections,” will include both synchronous and asynchronous events to ensure that wherever you are in the world, you have access to the expertise and interactivity that are the hallmark of J-WEL events. 

The three J-WEL Collaboratives—pK-12, Higher Education, and Workforce Learning—will convene for relevant presentations, research briefs, hands-on exercises, panels, and workshops. Throughout the program, in collaboration with MIT faculty and staff, members will be challenged to define their key goals and mechanisms for implementation.