Higher Education has immense power: giving students access to knowledge that uncovers their talents, developing competencies preparatory for meaningful careers, and promoting responsible leadership in society. MIT education is uniquely powerful through its combination of problem-solving focus; entrepreneurial culture; hands on learning and incorporation of digital tools.
Led by faculty director, Prof. Hazel Sive, Higher Education @ J-WEL convenes a select group of global colleagues at MIT to address educational challenges. In goal-driven interactions with MIT faculty and staff, participants design and build curriculum, programs, and institutes. J-WEL Members are invited to attend J-WEL Weeks, intense thematic programs that define goals and steps towards implementation; to participate in J-WEL Exchanges, outcome-driven workshops, and bootcamps; and to join J-WEL Designer, leading to development of new institutions.
MIT faculty, staff, and students are closely connected with Higher Education @ J-WEL through Grants in Higher Education Innovation; presentations and collaborations in J-WEL Weeks, J-WEL Exchanges, J-WEL Designer, Faculty Forums, the J-WEL Higher Education Advisory Group, and J-WEL Ambassador opportunities for students.
J-WEL Weeks are signature, goal-oriented programs that provide members with first-hand access to MIT’s educational resources and practice.
- J-WEL Weeks are led by Hazel Sive, Director of Higher Education @ J-WEL.
- Two distinct J-WEL Weeks are run per year, each thematic, and comprising multiple modules.
- Each week is goal-oriented. Throughout each week, participants incrementally formulate goals and implementation plans relevant to their educational challenges.
J-WEL Exchanges are ‘deep dive’ collaborations with MIT faculty and staff, and focus on specific topics.
- Programs are one to two weeks and include hands on, intense workshops.
- Participants may design curriculum, change pedagogy, build new programs or alter organizational structure.
- Each J-WEL Exchange is outcome driven, and substantial connections with MIT are maintained.
One week bootcamps might include:
- Entrepreneurship in Higher Education
- Gender Equity and Diversity
- Strong Faculty and Governance
- The Build Anything Campus
- Digital Tools
- Guiding Students for Success
Two week workshops might include:
- MIT-Educator: Curriculum design and Pedagogy
- Research as Entrepreneurship: Devising High Impact Research Programs
- The Blended Classroom: Incorporating Digital Curriculum
- Programs are one year, based on four visits to MIT and work at home.
- Between visits to MIT, there will be extensive connection between participants and MIT faculty and staff to discuss progression of university design.
- Universities may be designed anew or existing universities significantly changed.
- At the end of the program, MIT may be retained to consult on outcomes and sustainable
Together, J-WEL Weeks and J-WEL Exchanges will build a J-WEL community of global and MIT colleagues, working to transform education and empower students.