J-WEL Webinar, "What the History of Education Technology Teaches us about Pandemic Teaching," September 29, 2020 | MIT J-WEL

J-WEL Webinar, "What the History of Education Technology Teaches us about Pandemic Teaching," September 29, 2020

What the History of Education Technology Teaches us about Pandemic Teaching


Date and Time
September 29, 2020, online
9:00 - 10:00 a.m. ET

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Webinar description

Widespread school closures are unprecedented, but the use of education technology and online learning to reach across distances, teach refugee and disaster-impacted communities, and expand the possibilities of schooling is quite common. In Failure to Disrupt: Why Technology Alone Can't Transform Education, MIT professor Justin Reich looks through the history of instructor-guided courses like MOOCs, algorithm-guided tools like adaptive tutors, and peer-guided spaces like networked learning communities. He argues that education technology has never sweepingly transformed schools, but there are specific tools and approaches that work well in certain subjects with certain students. Looking back at where technology has made the most positive difference and understanding the barriers to adoption and effective implementation can give us clues to how we can make remote and hybrid learning work better this year. 

About our speaker

Justin Reich

Assistant Professor, Comparative Media Studies/Writing
Faculty Associate, Berkman Klein Center for Internet and Society
Director, MIT Teaching Systems Lab


Justin Reich is an assistant professor of digital media at MIT and the author of Failure to Disrupt: Why Technology Alone Can't Transform Education. He is the director of the MIT Teaching Systems Lab, which aspires to design, implement, and research the future of teacher learning. He is the host of the TeachLab podcast, and the instructor of five openly-licensed MOOCs about teaching and change leadership in education. His writings have appeared in Science, The New Yorker, The Atlantic, Educational Researcher, the Washington Post, Proceedings of the National Academy of Science, Inside Higher Ed, the Christian Science Monitor, and other publications. Justin started his career teaching wilderness medicine, and later taught high school world history and history electives, and coached wrestling and outdoor activities.


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