MIT-Educator: Curriculum Design

MIT-Educator: Curriculum Design 2018-02-06T12:55:49+00:00

“The very inspiring MIT-Educator helped me to improve my way of teaching, to introduce entrepreneurship in life sciences, to train young teachers by sharing my own experience at MIT, and to implement a system able to sustain and support the use of new innovative tools.”

-2017 MIT-Educator Fellow, Tunisia

Meeting the challenges of higher education, MIT-Educator is a collegial and collaborative program based at MIT Jameel World Education Lab (J-WEL) that introduces MIT approaches of problem-solving, learning science, entrepreneurship and use of online tools. Participants develop major curriculum reform, contributing to student success and the economic trajectory of their country.


As educational approaches and technologies develop, the faculty of Higher Educators is challenged to engage students in the most productive way. MIT-Educator: Curriculum Design meets this challenge by addressing pedagogical approaches, curriculum design and implementation, with emphasis on MIT-style problem-solving methods, Science of Learning, and EdTech/online tools. Inclusion of entrepreneurial skills into higher education is becoming increasingly important to meet unemployment challenges, and the program includes exposure to the MIT innovation culture and startup development. Specific subject content is part of the curriculum.

MIT-Educator: Curriculum Design is aimed at global faculty, and especially groups from one university or several within one country that have the goal of reworking their curricula and revising educational structure. Faculty from new universities will find the program exceptionally useful as curriculum is devised for the first time, and state of the art approaches can be incorporated.


MIT-Educator: Curriculum Design comprises six modules each led by distinguished MIT professors, and instructors from multiple units including the MIT Teaching and Learning Lab, Office of Digital Learning, MIT Integrative Learning Initiative, Martin Trust, Legatum Center, Sloan School of Management, School of Science, School of Engineering and School of Architecture and Planning.

Modules include:

  • Learning Science

  • Digital Tools

  • Entrepreneurship

  • Case Studies in MIT Education

Groups and individual faculty members define their goals prior to arriving at MIT, including through online, Skype and written discussion with MIT faculty and staff.

At MIT, faculty members participate in intensive, hands-on workshops that encompass material in each module. Revised curricula are developed at MIT, with extensive input from faculty and staff. Groups plan implementation and implications of the newly developed material for higher education in their respective institute and country.


MIT-Educator: Curriculum Design

Participants are faculty and lecturers selected following an application and interview led by a distinguished MIT panel. Our 2017 program was launched under the Center for International Studies (CIS) with participants from Tunisia, supported by the Ministry of Higher Education and the US State Department, to revise the Tunisian Life Sciences curriculum. We welcome J-WEL member-participants moving forward.


MIT-Educator: Curriculum Design and other J-WEL Exchanges are covered as part of J-WEL Sustaining and Charter membership packages. Participants are responsible for: visa charges, airfare, accommodation, transportation and daily spending/food money. We are happy to provide estimates for these costs.

Note: For this inaugural year, prospective J-WEL members are invited to participate and the cost per participant is $15,000 (not including the costs listed above).


Julia Reynolds-Cuéllar Senior Manager, Higher Education @ J-WEL P / 617-258-6730


  • MIT-Educator: Curriculum Design participants visit MIT for two- weeks for an intense and collegial program designed under the leadership of Director of Higher Education @ J-WEL, Professor Hazel Sive.

  • At the end of this period, faculty return home to finalize and implement curriculum, with mentorship from MIT correspondent to J-WEL membership level.

  • Reports from each participant are collected to facilitate discussion and trajectory.

  • Groups can continue to work through J-WEL for ongoing curriculum development.


  • February: Partners confirm number of participating fellows
  • March: Call for applicants and application is sent out
  • April: Applications due, finalists interviewed
  • April/May: Fellows selected and visa process begins
  • June: Logistics are organized by partner
  • July: Fellows arrive at MIT