Join to Make an Impact
MIT’s motto is mens et manus, mind and hand. All we build, research, and teach is inspired by this founding motto. We believe deep learning is hands-on, rigorous, engaging, and socially meaningful. Abdul Latif Jameel World Education Laboratory welcomes you to join our community of educators, technologists, policy makers and researchers as together we build, test, and scale sustainable solutions in education that will impact millions of learners of different ages, abilities, and motivations around the world.
Your Lab to Explore, Design, Reform
MIT invites you to engage with global colleagues to share best practices, co-generate and share solutions for developing curriculum, designing new education and training programs, conducting learning research, and revamping existing institutes and policy.
As a path for engaging with MIT, J-WEL offers all members:
Collaborate with MIT to explore, design, and reform curriculum, programs, or institutes
- Access to and possible participation in new research on learning
- Exchange of best practices and research via on-campus, members-only events spread throughout the year
Participation in a community of like-minded but diverse peers as members join a global community of education leaders across pK-12, higher education, and the workplace
Regular communication of best practices and research via newsletters and web meetings
Free and reduced price access to MIT learning content and credentials via MIT’s online offerings, bootcamps, and professional programs
The figure below illustrates how each J-WEL membership year is designed to play out across events, research, and other interactions. Events include two J-WEL Weeks and the one J-WEL Exchange, hosted at MIT, interspersed with interim webinars and online exchange on research and best practices. Research will take place throughout the year led by researchers affiliated with J-WEL and the MIT Integrated Learning Initiative, with early briefings available for members. Access to MIT faculty and students, online courses and other MIT resources will also span the year.
Figure 1: J-WEL Membership Year
With input from J-WEL Members, MIT faculty and researchers will undertake new research projects investigating the conditions under which learning succeeds. Research outcomes will directly inform and renew the curriculum, pedagogy, and learning technologies out of J-WEL, creating a cycle of research and development informed by the interests and needs of the J-WEL member community.
All members will have early access to learning research funded through J-WEL. In some cases, MIT may collaborate with Sustaining, Comprehensive, and Charter members on research, including member subjects and/or data in research projects. Members will also be informed of Collaborative-relevant learning research performed elsewhere when that research is published and known to MIT.
Twice a year, member representatives gather at MIT for J-WEL Weeks featuring thematic, faculty-led programs composed of interactive workshops and discussions, facility tours and demonstrations, and early research briefs on the latest in learning science, curriculum, and pedagogy of MIT.
Sustaining and charter members will have the opportunity to attend J-WEL Exchanges, deeper dive collaborations where members focus on specific topics and outcomes working alongside MIT faculty and staff. Exchanges include hands-on intensive workshops in which participants may design curriculum and content, change pedagogy and instruction, build new programs, adapt delivery, and alter organization structure. Exchanges will be outcome-driven and characterized by substantial connections to MIT.
These events also provide opportunity to keep up on the latest research and practice in education, and form relationships with faculty and other members.
Additionally, members will gain access to: engagements with other network members worldwide; online workshops and webinars on topics in teacher education and workforce development, pedagogy and instruction, school and program design, and leadership; discounts across MIT learning including online learning, professional education courses, and bootcamps; and connection to the broad array of MIT projects.