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J-WEL Week 1: Experiences and Conclusions

The inaugural J-WEL Week concluded last Thursday, October 12, 2017, leaving those who attended with inspiration, enthusiasm, and a clear vision of what collaboration between J-WEL and its members can build. During the Week, J-WEL participants and MIT faculty analyzed and discussed the future of education through workshops, panels, presentations, consultations, and group sessions.

Here are some of their experiences:

The humbleness, passion, and purity of both the participants and MIT faculty was unlike any other educational gathering I’ve ever been to.

Eirik Jarl Trondsen, Founder, African Institute of Design and Technology (AIDT), Uganda

The sessions and discussions were very challenging, but extremely useful to bring back information and ideas to the Spanish Ministry of Education and implement in schools in Spain.

María Jesús Garcia San Martín, Head of the Online Teacher Training and Social Networks Department at the National Institute for Educational Technologies and Teacher Training (INTEF) in the Spanish Ministry of Education

The diversity of the participants [of the J-WEL Weeks] presents great potential- and J-WEL can harness that potential to foster important collaborations.

Tania Broadley, Assistant Dean, Teaching and Learning, Queensland University of Technology

I loved the group activities where we all shared things about ourselves and our institutions. You can learn so much from the ideas and questions of your peers.

Alfredo Torno lll, Director of International Relations, The Wadah Foundation, Indonesia

Throughout the J-WEL Week, I had the feeling that people were inspired and always learning. That’s what makes change.

Michel DeGraff, Professor of Linguistics, Director of MIT-Haiti Initiative, Massachusetts Institute of Technology


Eirik Jarl Trondsen showing his notes from the J-WEL Higher Ed Collaborative. Wrapping up the J-WEL Week, participants heard from Prof. Sanjay Sarma, VP of Open Learning at MIT; Dr. Vijay Kumar, Executive Director of J-WEL; and J-WEL’s four faculty directors. “The passion and dedication you brought to help every child around the world was awe-inspiring,” Angela Belcher, Co-Faculty Director, pK-12, remarked. “This is a labor of love and also a labor of science. Our compassion is being bolstered by science,” Sarma followed.

“The buzz, the excitement is palpable. Summarizing the last three days would be like boiling the ocean. Exciting as it has been, the real work starts now. This is just the beginning. A beginning to address opportunities for education at your institutions and countries,” Kumar concluded, alluding to the many innovations, discoveries, and achievements ahead for The Abdul Latif Jameel World Education Lab and its members.

The next J-WEL Week will be held in March 2018.