J-WEL Webinar: Creating Virtual Cohort Communities, July 8, 2021 | MIT J-WEL

J-WEL Webinar: Creating Virtual Cohort Communities, July 8, 2021


J-WEL Webinar:
Creating Virtual Cohort Communities

Thursday, July 8, 2021
10:00 - 11:00 a.m. ET 

***Register to attend this session.***



Project-based or experiential learning provides a unique opportunity for learners to practice and build their skills, and deepen their understanding of themselves, within a messier problem space than the traditional classroom model affords. When these and other learning spaces go virtual, a host of new challenges emerge. Even when it is possible to log on at the same time, there is more to creating a community and its mechanisms of support in an online setting than simply inhabiting the same virtual space. 

Informed by MIT practice and research, our team at J-WEL has led an effort to establish community spaces that provide learners with an intentional platform to support their development and well-being throughout their learning journey. Powered by reflection and peer learning, these communities use a cohort-based approach where human skills are front and center. Our semester-length program comprising live sessions and asynchronous journaling modules is designed to provide each learner with opportunities to process real-world experience, develop a greater awareness of their skills and ability to leverage them, and craft next steps to power their continued growth. 

This webinar addresses effective practices for generating and growing support structures that elevate the richness of internships, project-based learning, remote coursework, training, and beyond. Join us to learn about -- and experience -- a new approach to creating virtual cohort communities.

Who Should Attend: Participants who are interested/have expertise in experiential learning, building virtual communities, and human skills. 

This webinar is free and open to the public.

Event Speakers


Susan Young

Assistant Director
J-WEL Workforce Learning

Susan Young is Assistant Director of Workforce Learning at J-WEL. Susan leads membership development and community building, manages the Workforce Learning research grant program, and supports program development and research activities.  

Prior to her role at J-WEL, Susan was Producer of the MIT Inclusive Innovation Challenge, MIT’s premier future of work prize, awarding over one million dollars each year to entrepreneurs that are using technology to drive economic opportunity for workers. Susan managed partnerships with collaborators and local teams responsible for implementing the IIC at a regional level across the globe.

Susan was also Assistant Director at the MIT Initiative on the Digital Economy, where she managed the Analytics Lab action learning course, developed special projects and new activities, and supported strategic development of the Initiative. 

Susan holds an MA in International Relations from New York University and a BA in Political Science from the University of Chicago.


Amy Taber

Executive Assistant

Amy Taber is a member of J-WEL and Executive Assistant to Vijay Kumar, J-WEL's Executive Director. For the past year, she has been exploring building community space to support learner development and well-being with J-WEL's Workforce Learning team. 

Amy's experience in education research comes from TERC in Cambridge, MA, in her role as an events coordinator for curriculum implementation institutes and project manager for revising Investigations in Number, Data, and Space 2nd Edition™, a nationally recognized math curriculum. 

Date & Time: 
Thursday, July 8, 2021 - 10:00 to 11:00

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