Events | MIT J-WEL


Join us for a discussion with J-WEL Associate Director and Head of Operations Steve Carson and Anine Ward, Senior Account Manager for Strategic Engagements at MIT MicroMasters. We'll discuss J-WEL benefits, including our opportunities through affiliated organizations, including MIT MicroMasters.

In his new book, Grasp, Sanjay Sarma, MIT professor and VP for Open Learning, makes the argument for an educational system which revolutionizes the concept of student potential and explores the best methods to activate it. In this xTalk, Prof. Sarma and Yoquinto will discuss the book and perspectives on new ways to envision and implement education, both online and in-person.

Widespread school closures are unprecedented, but the use of education technology and online learning to reach across distances, teach refugee and disaster-impacted communities, and expand the possibilities of schooling is quite common. In Failure to Disrupt: Why Technology Alone Can't Transform Education, MIT professor Justin Reich looks through the history of instructor-guided courses like MOOCs, algorithm-guided tools like adaptive tutors, and peer-guided spaces like networked learning communities. He argues that education technology has never sweepingly transformed schools, but there are specific tools and approaches that work well in certain subjects with certain students. 


Date and Time
August 31, 2020, online
8:00 - 9:00 a.m. ET

How to join: Please register here

Join us for a discussion with J-WEL Associate Director and Head of Operations Steve Carson and Eliza Berg, Senior Officer for MIT Solve’s Learning pillar to discuss J-WEL benefits, including our opportunities through affiliated organizations such as MIT Solve. This discussion is appropriate for current member organizations interested in getting the most out of their membership, and for organizations that might be thinking about joining J-WEL. We’ll provide a high-level overview of J-WEL’s structure, how we work with our members to effect educational transformation, and how our affiliate organization opportunities fit into our model.  

As the impact of COVID-19 accelerates automation and other technological changes, the need to enhance skills--and the role of learning and development--has never been greater. During this half-day event, we’ll learn from experts who are driving new transformations in learning, and take this opportunity to examine together how we might rethink career advice to better serve workers, companies, and the workforce ecosystem. Join us for insights that will help you and your organization emerge from this crisis stronger and smarter. Please visit our event site for programming information. 

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.

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. 

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.

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.