xTalk: Text Messages and the Future of Digital Education, Feb. 19, 2019 | MIT J-WEL

xTalk: Text Messages and the Future of Digital Education, Feb. 19, 2019


xTalks Digital Discourse Series: Text Messages and the Future of Digital Education


Feb. 19, 2019

4:00- 5:00 p.m.

Room 3-133



In early 2018, Babson College and USC worked together to create the first text message course for students trapped in the Yemeni conflict. The resulting initiative, Arist, is now building the first text message university, designed to serve the 2 billion students worldwide without regular internet access.

In this talk, Michael Loffe, the 19-year-old founder of Arist (and the social entrepreneur behind TILE.org, the world's largest conversation series, and Energy.org, a student-led environmental advocacy organization), explains why text messages are the next frontier in digital education, and how SMS can be a more scientific, relevant, and novel approach to learning for students of all kinds.


About xTalks Digital Discourses

xTalks: Digital Discourses is a seminar series to facilitate awareness, deep understanding and transference of educational innovations at MIT and elsewhere. xTalks forums share strategies, solutions, and issues related to transformation in educational practice, particularly through the use of digital technologies. Their programs build on and extend legacy forums and forums already in place such as the HHMI Education Group (HHMI is the Howard Hughes Medical Institute), CrosstalkTLL's DUET (Dean of Undergraduate Education Talk series through the Teaching and Learning Lab), the RELATE research group (RELATE is Research in Learning And Teaching Effectively), and more.


Date & Time: 
Tuesday, February 19, 2019 - 16:00