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MIT’s Teaching Systems Lab educates Teachers, one MOOC at a time


Researchers at MIT’s Teaching Systems Lab (TSL) believe that better student learning depends upon better teacher learning. Through teacher practice spaces and other hands-on explorations, TSL aims to prepare teachers for the classroom of the future. The third function of the lab is online and blended learning, which -- given how busy teachers can be -- plays a central role in teacher preparation and professional development. The lab has recently expanded their catalogue for 2018-2019, offering the following, free Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs):


Launching Innovation in Schools

Based on the work of Justin Reich (TSL) and Peter Senge (MIT Sloan), Launching Innovations in Schools is a self-paced course focused on vision, capacity building and collaboration with stakeholders at multiple levels.

Ongoing - Self-Paced

Design Thinking for Leading and Learning

A hands-on course for education leaders to learn about design thinking and explore how to transform classroom learning and school communities.

Starts March 14th, 2019

Competency-Based Education: The Why, What, and How

An overview of competency-based education in schools: presenting ideas, inspiration, strategies, and challenges.

Starts January 31st, 2019


Envisioning the Graduate of the Future

Instructor Justin Reich and the course team from the MIT Teaching Systems Lab guide teachers, administrators, community members, and others passionate about improving secondary school in the process of designing a graduate profile. 

Starts May 2nd, 2019


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