Curriculum Design Workshop


Higher Education @ J-WEL's Curriculum Design Workshop took place at MIT from July 19-20, 2018. Applications are now closed. The next Curriculum Development Workshop is scheduled to take place from June 10-21, 2019. Please contact Julia Reynolds-Cuéllar for more information: jreyn AT   


“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.”

-2017 Curriculum Design Fellow, Tunisia

Meeting the challenges of higher education, Curriculum Design is a collegial and collaborative program based at the MIT Abdul Latif Jameel World Education Lab (J-WEL) that introduces MIT approaches of problem-solving, learning science, entrepreneurship and use of online tools. Participants develop curriculum reform, contributing to student success and the economic trajectory of their country.

Please note: Faculty from J-WEL member universities are automatically eligible and do NOT need to apply. Please contact Julia Reynolds-Cuéllar: jreyn AT                                                                   

University faculty from institutions that are not J-WEL members are invited to submit an application below. 



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

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



Curriculum Design comprises four modules, each led by distinguished MIT professors and instructors from multiple units, including the MIT Teaching and Learning Lab, Office of Digital Learning, MIT Integrative Learning Initiative, Martin Trust, Legatum Center, Sloan School of Management, School of Science, School of Engineering, and School of Architecture and Planning.

Modules include:

  • Learning Science
  • Digital Tools
  • Case Studies in MIT Education
  • Entrepreneur

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 Design participants visit MIT for two-weeks for an intense and collegial program designed under the leadership of Director of Higher Education @ J-WEL, Professor Hazel Sive.
  • At the end of this period, faculty return home to finalize and implement curriculum.
  • Reports from each participant are collected to facilitate discussion and trajectory.



Curriculum Design participants are faculty and lecturers currently teaching a university-level course, selected following an application and interview led by an MIT/J-WEL panel. 

Faculty from J-WEL member universities are automatically eligible and do not need to apply, but they should contact jreyn at for additional details.  


  • Faculty from member institutions confirm participants with Julia at jreyn at mit dot edu.

  • April/May: Finalists are sent interview requests.

  • May: Participants are selected.

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

  • July 9-20: Workshop at MIT



For J-WEL Members

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

Per-participant cost for J-WEL Affiliate Members is $10,000.


For non-J-WEL Members

The cost per participant is $15,000. Additional costs may include: visa charges, airfare, accommodation, transportation and daily spending/food money, are the responsibility of the participant (or sponsoring body). We are happy to provide estimates for these costs.

Please contact us if you are a non-J-WEL member and would like to send 10 or more participants. Group discounts may be available.


Please contact Julia Reynolds-Cuéllar: jreyn AT with any questions.