Curriculum and Course Design Workshop 2019 | MIT J-WEL

Curriculum and Course Design Workshop 2019


“The very inspiring Curriculum Design Workshop helped me to improve my way of teaching, to introduce entrepreneurship in life sciences, to train young teachers by sharing my own experience at MIT, and to implement a system able to sustain and support the use of new innovative tools.”

                                                                                                                                              -Curriculum and Course Design Workshop Participant

J-WEL Higher Education Curriculum and Course Design Workshop


>> For more information or to apply, contact Julia Reynolds-Cuéllar at jreyn AT

June 10-21, 2019

The Curriculum and Course Design Workshop, based at MIT, introduces MIT approaches of problem-solving, learning science, entrepreneurship, and the use of online tools to university faculty. Participants design and redesign courses they currently teach to promote student achievement with MIT faculty and staff input.

Participants leave with implementation-ready courses.



As educational approaches and technologies develop, the faculty of Higher Educators is challenged to engage students in the most productive way. Curriculum and Course Design meets this challenge by addressing pedagogical approaches, curriculum design and implementation, with an emphasis on MIT-style problem-solving methods, the science of learning, and educational technology/online tools. The inclusion of entrepreneurial skills into higher education is becoming increasingly important to meet unemployment challenges; therefore, the Workshop also includes exposure to the MIT innovation culture and startup development. Specific subject content is part of the curriculum.

Curriculum and Course Design is aimed at global faculty, especially groups from one university, who have the goal of reworking their curricula and revising educational structure. Faculty from new universities will find the program exceptionally useful -- curriculum is devised for the first time, allowing state-of-the-art approaches to be incorporated.



Curriculum and Course Design comprises eight modules, each led by distinguished MIT professors and instructors from multiple units, including the MIT Teaching and Learning Lab, MIT Open Learning, the Martin Trust Center for Entrepreneurship, and MIT's Schools of Science, Engineering, and Architecture and Planning.

Modules include:

  • Learning Science
  • Course Structure
  • Problem-Solving
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Online/Digital Tools
  • Relevance
  • Inclusive Teaching
  • Case Studies in MIT Education.

Groups and individual faculty members define their goals prior to arriving at MIT, including through online, Skype, and written discussion with MIT faculty and staff.

At MIT, faculty members participate in intensive, hands-on workshops that encompass material in each module. Revised curricula are developed at MIT with extensive input from faculty and staff. Groups plan implementation and implications of the newly developed material for higher education in their respective institute and country.



  • Curriculum and Course Design Participants visit MIT for a two-week intensive, collegial program designed under the leadership of Professor Hazel Sive, Director of J-WEL Higher Education.
  • At the end of this period, faculty return home with implementation-ready curriculum.
  • J-WEL Higher Education collects reports from each Participant to facilitate discussion and trajectory.



Curriculum and Course Design Participants are faculty and lecturers currently teaching [and who will continue to teach] a university-level course, selected following an interview led by an MIT J-WEL panel. 



For J-WEL Members

Curriculum and Course Design, as well as other J-WEL workshops, are fully covered as part of J-WEL Sustaining and Charter membership packages. Participants are responsible for the following: visa charges, airfare, accommodation, transportation, and daily spending/food money. We are happy to provide estimates for these costs.

The per-Participant cost for J-WEL Affiliate Members is offered at the reduced rate of $8,000.

Group discounts are available.


For non-J-WEL Members

The per-Participant cost is $10,000. Additional costs may include visa charges, airfare, accommodation, transportation, and daily spending/food money; these are the responsibility of the participant or sponsoring body. We are happy to provide estimates for these costs.

If you would like to discuss joining J-WEL Higher Education as a member, please contact Julia Reynolds-Cuéllar, jreyn AT

Group discounts are available.



If you are a university representative and would like your faculty to participate, or if you are an individual faculty member interested in attending and able to fully fund your participation, please contact Julia Reynolds-Cuéllar (jreyn AT to discuss next steps. 



Key Dates

  • May-June: Participants organize their visa, living arrangements and other logistics.

  • June 10-21, 2019: Workshop at MIT


Contact Julia Reynolds-Cuéllar at jreyn AT


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