J-WEL Webinar, " Opportunities and Challenges in Blended Learning" with Saif Rayyan, Oct. 1, 2019 | MIT J-WEL

J-WEL Webinar, " Opportunities and Challenges in Blended Learning" with Saif Rayyan, Oct. 1, 2019



Webinar: "Opportunities and challenges in blended learning"

Date and Time

Tuesday, October 1, 2019

9:30-10:30 a.m. Eastern US Time







Dr. Saif Rayyan, Assistant Director for Academic Programs at J-WEL

How to join the webinar

This webinar is exclusive to J-WEL members. If you are a J-WEL member but haven't received an email with information on how to join, please contact us at jwel AT mit dot edu.


Blended learning is a term that is used loosely to describe a wide range of models where engagement in a traditional face to face instruction is reinvented using online and digital tools. A world of opportunities emerge, from redesigning programs to implementing effective and flexible learning practices. 

J-WEL Assistant Director for Academic Programs, Dr. Saif Rayyan, will discuss some of the challenges that faculty and departments face when implementing digital learning initiatives. Informed by his experience as a former lecturer in the physics department and a former member of the Digital Learning Lab at MIT Open Learning, Dr. Rayyan will discuss examples of different implementations of blended learning across MIT. During the webinar, he will engage attendees in one or two short discussions to explore the connections to issues facing the community when thinking about or implementing blended learning, as well as opportunities within J-WEL.


About Dr. Saif Rayyan

Saif Rayyan is J-WEL's Assistant Director of Academic Programs. Saif was born in Amman, Jordan. He holds a BSc in electrical engineering from the University of Jordan and a PhD in Physics from Virginia Tech. He first joined MIT in 2009 as a postdoctoral associate in physics education research, with a focus on implementing and researching pedagogical innovations using digital tools and platforms. Following his postdoctoral work, Saif transitioned into the role of a Digital Learning Scientist in the physics department and MIT Open Learning. Saif was among the first at MIT to lead digital learning initiatives for creating Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs), leveraging their content and technology to enable blended learning solutions and supporting scaling up of digital learning experiments across MIT. Read more.


Date & Time: 
Tuesday, October 1, 2019 - 09:00