J-WEL HE Workshop - “Remotely” Designing for Learning: From Principles to Practice, July 13 - Aug. 6 | MIT J-WEL

J-WEL HE Workshop - “Remotely” Designing for Learning: From Principles to Practice, July 13 - Aug. 6

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July 14 - August 6, 2020, online

This workshop series provides an opportunity to learn and apply evidence-based practices for the design and implementation of learning experiences. Over the course of five weeks, you will apply practical strategies and tools to create a problem-based, student-centered curriculum grounded in instructional design principles. The workshop will introduce findings from the learning sciences, where you will have the opportunity to reflect on teaching practices and discuss with moderators and peers. You will be offered opportunities to engage in hands-on activities to create prototypes of digital or face-to-face lesson content. Several guest speakers will introduce examples of best practices employed at MIT in different disciplines. Throughout the workshop you will also have the opportunity to integrate what you learned into a small project to transform a course or part of a course that you are teaching. . Enrollment in the workshop is limited to the J-WEL community to allow you to engage with others more effectively and develop a community of practice around shared interests.

The workshop will leverage an online format to encourage interaction with peers, MIT faculty, and staff. The digital format will allow you to create activities that can be administered remotely or converted to an in-person format. The workshop series will be spread over several weeks to allow you to reflect on the sessions and apply the lessons to a project related to transforming your own classroom teaching.

Workshop Outcomes:
By the end of this workshop, you will be able to...

  • Apply key learning science principles to design of instruction.
  • Integrate active-learning activities into lesson design.
  • Create quality assessments for online or in the classroom.
  • Design inclusive learning experiences.
  • Select digital resources that incorporate instructional design principles.
  • Develop a plan for one unit of a learning experience within a course.

Proposed topics:
  1. Designing for inclusion and equity.
  2. Instructional design principles: backward design / alignment.
  3. Active Learning (in person and remotely).
  4. Real world problems / 21st century instructional design.
  5. Assessments of deep understanding.
  6. Assessing the success of education transformation.
Time commitment:
4-5 hours of workshop sessions per week
2 hours of individual and group project per week

  • Info session: June 25
  • Workshop: July 14 - August 6, 2020
  • Capstone project continues with regular check ins through September followed by presentations during J-WEL Connections (October 2020)

Certification: A certificate of participation will be granted for those attending the workshop sessions. Those completing the project and presentations will be awarded additional certificates of completion.

Who should attend:
  • Higher education faculty, lecturers, instructors currently teaching or preparing to teach in the near future.
  • Learning and Instructional Designers from higher education
  • Staff in Teaching and Learning Centers working with faculty on course design.

J-WEL members will receive information on how to register directly. If you are a J-WEL member and have not received registration information, please email jwel AT mit DOT edu.

Date & Time: 
Friday, August 14, 2020 - 08:45