Creating & Curating Components | MIT J-WEL

Creating & Curating Components

Our growing suite of curated materials develops MIT research findings into tangible tools for use by a variety of stakeholders across the spectrum of advice, learning, and credentialing.


The Transformer CLO

The fast-changing nature of business requires organizations in every industry to constantly enhance their capabilities. This presents an opportunity for Chief Learning Officers to take on a more proactive and strategic role than ever before—to be transformers, not just trainers.

View HBR article (Jan/Feb 2020)


MIT J-WEL Human Skills Matrix

While most experts agree on the need for human skills in the workplace, their opinions differ greatly on which skills are important. Employers and educators need direction on which skills are most important. Individuals face similar questions as they consider skills training to advance their careers.

J-WEL developed a new framework, the Human Skills Matrix, by interviewing experts, synthesizing 43 frameworks and validating with more than 30 educators, executives and researchers.  The HSX framework shows the essential nontechnical skills and attributes that workers need, in addition to their specialized technical skills, to thrive in today’s dynamic organizations.    

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We are building tools to teach and assess these skills in collaboration with groups around the world. To start, we have developed and tested a one-day workshop through which students and workers can come to understand and practice selected skills. Through role play, reflection, and discussion, workshop participants can familiarize themselves with selected human skill, obtain expert and peer feedback on their utilization of those skills, and plan their strategies for improvement. Educators and employers alike can use these materials to help every individual be more ready for the fast-moving workplace of the future. We are currently extending this work with digital tools, additional role plays, and stories of human skills in different environments.  

Innovation Research Grants

We provide seed funding to MIT faculty and students for research projects that will improve workforce learning around the world. Ideal projects improve advice, learning, assessment, or credentialing for individuals, or will help organizations or governments to assist workers in these ways. We are interested in projects that start the research process; that use rigorous methods to produce measurable outcomes; and that have outcomes and methods that are generalizable to less-developed economies or underserved populations. Learn more