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LINC to host pre-conference workshops with MITx, BLOSSOMS, Bootcamps, and Digital Learning Lab


This year's LINC Conference will take place from June 18-20 at MIT. LINC brings an international group of researchers and practitioners together to discuss how learning science, pedagogical approaches, and digital learning can provide quality pK-12, higher education, and workplace learning at scale. Four pre-conference workshops will take place on June 17th, run by distinguished groups and collaborators of MIT Open Learning.

Our pre-conference workshops are specifically designed for the LINC Conference, focused on topics including blended/hybrid learning innovations in p-K12, higher education, and workforce settings, MOOCs, and active/project-based learning. This year’s workshops are being hosted by MITx and the Digital Learning Lab, MIT Bootcamps, MIT BLOSSOMS, and MIT Education Research Scientist, Dr. Glenda Stump.


Workshop titles

  • Workshop 1: Engaging Digital Learning Experiences (Full-Day Workshop, $149 USD) - Hosted by the Digital Learning Lab and MITx
  • Workshop 2: The Evolution of the MIT Bootcamps Teaching Model (Half-Day Afternoon Workshop, $99) - Hosted by Erdin Beshimov of MIT Bootcamps
  • Workshop 3: MIT BLOSSOMS (Half-Day Morning Workshop, $99) - Hosted by MIT BLOSSOMS
  • Workshop 4: Active Learning: From Principles to Practice (Half-Day Afternoon Workshop, $99) - Hosted by Dr. Glenda Stump


Already know which workshop(s) you want to sign up for? Head straight to the registration page.

Otherwise, read brief descriptions of the workshops below, or check out the full descriptions on our workshop page, which include themes and workshop learning outcomes.


Full-Day Workshop

Workshop 1: Engaging Digital Learning Experiences

 Free online courses from MITHosted by the Digital Learning Lab and MITx

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.


Half-Day Workshops

Bootcamps participantsWorkshop 2: The Evolution of the MIT Bootcamps Teaching Model

Hosted by Erdin Beshimov of MIT Bootcamps

Five years ago, the first MIT Bootcamp was held on the MIT campus. The week-long, in-person program was inspired by the enthusiasm and curiosity of the learners of Entrepreneurship 101, a MOOC that had gone live only 3 months earlier, to experience MIT. Since that first Bootcamp, the program has evolved to be hosted several times a year—not just at MIT, but also internationally in such countries as Australia, Japan, Brazil, and more. Students from over 90 countries have participated, and alumni of the program have started over 250 ventures and raised over $70 million in funding.
Even with the program’s success, each new Bootcamp comes with changes to the format and curriculum. In this lecture, the Director of MIT Bootcamps will lead participants through the philosophies and research that have impacted this program’s development and success. The participants will explore the case study of how a breakthrough innovation, followed by rapid, numerous incremental innovations, generated a new model of blended learning for the world. 

Blossoms homepage screenshotWorkshop 3: MIT BLOSSOMS


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.

3 people working togetherWorkshop 4: Active Learning: From Principles to Practice 

Hosted by Dr. Glenda Stump

Have 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.


Read full descriptions of our workshops on the LINC pre-conference workshop page.