LINC 2019 Pre-Conference Workshops | MIT J-WEL

LINC 2019 Pre-Conference Workshops

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June 18-20 on the MIT Campus

Pre-conference workshops held June 17


Overview Program & Speakers Pre-Conference Workshops Venues and Travel

LINC 2019 Pre-Conference Workshops (Monday, June 17th)


***Online registration for pre-conference workshops closed Friday, June 7th! Seats will be available for purchase on-site on June 17th.***


Make the most of your experience at LINC 2019 by attending one (or two) of our pre-conference workshop offerings on Monday, June 17th, for an additional fee. Our pre-conference workshops are specifically designed for the LINC Conference, focused on topics including blended/hybrid learning innovations in K12, higher education, MOOCs, and active/project-based learning.

Our workshops are hosted by world-renowned MIT faculty, groups and departments. This year’s workshops are being hosted by MITx and the Digital Learning Lab, MIT BLOSSOMS, and MIT Education Research Scientist, Dr. Glenda Stump.

We welcome you to attend a pre-conference workshop as a stand-alone course or to enrich your LINC Conference experience. The morning and afternoon workshops do not overlap, so you may purchase a ticket for both a morning and an afternoon session if you would like to attend two.


Full-day and half-day workshops are priced differently. The workshops and their pricing are listed below:

  • Workshop: Engaging Digital Learning Experiences (Full-Day Workshop, $149 USD) - Hosted by the Digital Learning Lab and MITx
  • Workshop: MIT BLOSSOMS (Half-Day Morning Workshop, $99) - Hosted by MIT BLOSSOMS
  • Workshop: Active Learning: From Principles to Practice (Half-Day Afternoon Workshop, $99) - Hosted by Dr. Glenda Stump


Full-Day Workshop

Engaging Digital Learning Experiences (Full-Day Workshop, 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.)

Hosted by the Digital Learning Lab and MITx

MITx: Free online courses from MIT

The Engaging Digital Learning Experiences Workshop is a space to share lessons learned from developing and executing MOOCs and blended/hybrid learning projects and showcase innovations in design, assessment, and implementation. The Engaging Digital Learning Experiences Workshop will be an active, discussion-based program, primarily aimed at practitioners that construct and run online courses or digital learning experiences. However, interested researchers, administrators, entrepreneurs, technologists, and funders are welcome to attend, present, and engage in discussion.


Workshop Goals

  • Create a space for digital learning practitioners to share their work, explore new collaborations, and network with peers from other institutions and countries.
  • Open the door for the international community to learn about the MOOCs and blended/hybrid learning work happening at both MIT and other institutions.
  • Provide an applied, interactive workshop that gives digital learning practitioners an opportunity to explore and discuss topics critical to their work.

MOOC development, blended/hybrid learning, learning design, the science of learning, digital learning

Half-Day Workshops

MIT BLOSSOMS (morning session, 9:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.)

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This workshop will introduce MIT BLOSSOMS, a 10-country partnership creating an ever-growing repository of free, online active learning video lessons for high school math, science, and engineering classes. In addition to their classroom use, BLOSSOMS lessons can also serve Teacher Professional Development (TPD), and they can be used as anchor lessons for multi-week student-team Project-Based Learning (PBL) assignments. MIT BLOSSOMS encourages universities around the globe to partner with secondary school educators to improve the teaching of STEM subjects. BLOSSOMS works with universities, ministries of education and high schools in developing international partnerships to improve STEM education worldwide.


Workshop Goals

  • To introduce MIT BLOSSOMS by providing an overview of the program
  • To present how teachers use the BLOSSOMS active learning videos in their classrooms
  • To discuss how these learning videos can be used for Science Teacher Professional Development
  • To demonstrate how BLOSSOMS lessons can anchor multi-week student PBL assignments, providing teachers with all resources necessary to guide students
  • To examine the 6-stage process of creating an MIT BLOSSOMS lesson
  • To review the process of becoming an MIT BLOSSOMS partner.

Online learning for secondary education, STEM education, Active, inquiry-based learning, High school teacher professional development, Project-Based Learning, Global and cross-cultural education.

Active Learning: From Principles to Practice (afternoon session, 1:30 - 5:30 p.m.)

Hosted by Dr. Glenda Stump

3 people working togetherHave you tried to incorporate active learning into your teaching, but wondered about its real impact on students’ learning outcomes? What elements make ‘active learning’ active, and how do students react to this way of learning?

This workshop will review the idea of active learning over the past few decades, and then describe Chi’s ICAP Framework as an evidence-based approach to planning active learning activities for students and understanding their outcomes. Active learning is regularly discussed as a change in pedagogy for the instructor, but the paradigm shift it requires for students is often neglected. A critical piece of implementing active learning in the classroom is navigating students’ transition from passive receivers of knowledge to active producers of knowledge.


Workshop Goals

  • To introduce the ICAP framework as an approach to planning active learning activities
  • To discuss the application of ICAP in different disciplinary contexts
  • To assist participants to plan activities or convert existing activities to a mode of engagement that will elicit deeper cognitive processing
  • To demonstrate how ICAP can be utilized to understand student learning outcomes following assessment
  • To discuss students’ reactions to active learning pedagogy and instructor approaches to facilitate students’ acceptance

Active learning, ICAP Framework, Student beliefs about learning, Student engagement during class