As part of the new pre K-12 Initiative, MIT is launching significant projects that illustrate its engagement in and commitment to educational transformation through substantial curriculum development and capacity building. These include Teaching Systems Lab, Connected Learning Initiative (CLIx), and NASA Active and Blended Learning Ecosystem (N-ABLE).
With the generous support of the Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation, MIT has established the Teaching Systems Lab. The Teaching Systems Lab investigates technology-mediated STEM classrooms of the future and the systems that are needed to prepare teachers to thrive in those environments. The Teaching Systems Lab is the incubator for the Woodrow Wilson Academy of Teaching and Learning (WWA), an independent, competency-based teacher education program launching in June of 2017.
The Connected Learning Initiative [CLIx]
CLIx is a bold and innovative effort to improve the professional and academic prospects of high school students from underserved communities in India. CLIx incorporates thoughtful pedagogical design and leverages contemporary technology, including online capabilities, to provide quality educational content and experiences in Science, Math and English and emphasizing values, at scale. The initiative aims to reach a total of approximately 1,000 schools and 150,000 students in 4 states during 2015–2017, as well as conduct professional development for approximately 2,700 teachers. CLIx is a partnership between MIT’s Office of Digital Learning (ODL) and Tata Trusts, thanks to the support of Tata Institute for Social Sciences Centre for Education Innovation and Action Research.
NASA Active and Blended Learning Ecosystem [N-ABLE]
N-ABLE leverages significant amounts of prior capital and research investments in cutting-edge educational technology platforms that already reach millions of educators and students. The goal is to deliver high-quality authentic STEM learning experiences for diverse learners across disciplines and crosscutting themes, using digital learning tools, assessments and contemporary research in learning– to deliver “pedagogy at scale,” while ensuring personalized, student-centered learning pathways responsive to individual learner needs. MIT will provide progressively large-scale Educator Professional Development and help foster the creation of communities of through edX, a Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) delivery system; developing and integrating STEM curriculum and educational technology; and deploying and testing with local partners and collaborators.