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Monday, June 17
 

8:30am

Pre-Conference Workshop: Registration
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Monday June 17, 2019 8:30am - 5:00pm
32-123 32 Vassar St Cambridge, MA 02139

9:00am

Pre-Conference Workshop: MIT BLOSSOMS
This workshop will introduce MIT BLOSSOMS, a ten-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.

Workshop Goals:
  • To introduce MIT BLOSSOMS by providing an overview of the program
  • To present how teachers use the BLOSSOMS active learning videos in their classrooms
  • To discuss how these learning videos can be used for Science Teacher Professional Development
  • To demonstrate how BLOSSOMS lessons can anchor multi-week student PBL assignments, providing teachers with all resources necessary to guide students
  • To examine the 6-stage process of creating an MIT BLOSSOMS lesson
  • To review the process of becoming an MIT BLOSSOMS partner.

Themes: Online learning for secondary education, STEM education, Active, inquiry-based learning, High school teacher professional development, Project-Based Learning, Global and cross-cultural education.

Speakers
avatar for Elizabeth Murray

Elizabeth Murray

Project Manager, BLOSSOMS
Elizabeth Murray is co-founder of MIT BLOSSOMS and has been Project Manager of this initiative since it began in 2008. During these ten years, Elizabeth has overseen all nine BLOSSOMS international partnerships and has supervised the creation and production of the more than 200 video... Read More →
avatar for Dr. Richard Larson

Dr. Richard Larson

Principal Investigator and Mitsui Professor of Data, Systems, and Society at MIT, BLOSSOMS
Richard Larson is Principal Investigator of the MIT BLOSSOMS Initiative. He is Mitsui Professor (Post-Tenure) of Data, Systems, and Society at MIT. He is also the Founder and former Director of MIT LINC (Learning International Networks Consortium), an MIT-based international project... Read More →


Monday June 17, 2019 9:00am - 12:30pm
32-124 32 Vassar St, Cambridge, MA 02139

10:00am

Pre-Conference Workshop: Engaging Digital Learning Experiences
See agenda here: https://web.mit.edu/mitxbio/2019_Workshop.html

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.


Goals:
  • Create a space for digital learning practitioners to share their work, explore new collaborations, and network with peers from other institutions and countries.
  • Open the door for the international community to learn about the MOOCs and blended/hybrid learning work happening at both MIT and other institutions.
  • Provide an applied, interactive workshop that gives digital learning practitioners an opportunity to explore and discuss topics critical to their work.

Themes: MOOC development, blended/hybrid learning, learning design, science of learning,
digital learning

Speakers
avatar for Lisa Eichel

Lisa Eichel

Assistant Director, MITx Program, MIT Open Learning
Lisa Eichel is the Assistant Director, MITx Program at Massachusetts Institute of Technology Open Learning. In her role, she supports a variety of initiatives relating to MIT’s massive open online courses (MOOCs) and global learning including project management, MicroMasters programs... Read More →
avatar for Dr. Jennifer French

Dr. Jennifer French

MITx Digital Learning Scientist | Mathematics, MIT Open Learning
avatar for Dr. Mary Ellen Wiltrout

Dr. Mary Ellen Wiltrout

Lecturer, MITx Digital Learning Scientist, MIT Open Learning
Mary Ellen Wiltrout completed her PhD in Biology at MIT, studying translesion synthesis in Graham Walker's lab. In the fall of 2009, she began working as the preceptor for MCB 52, a Molecular Biology course at Harvard University with Rich Losick, Briana Burton, and Tom Torello. Mary... Read More →


Monday June 17, 2019 10:00am - 4:00pm
26-152 32 Vassar St, Cambridge, MA 02139

12:30pm

Pre-Conference Lunch
**Lunch is included in the price of workshops.

Monday June 17, 2019 12:30pm - 1:30pm
32-123 32 Vassar St Cambridge, MA 02139

1:30pm

Pre-Conference Workshop: Active Learning: From Principles to Practice
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.

Workshop Goals:
  • To introduce the ICAP framework as an approach to planning active learning activities
  • To discuss application of ICAP in different disciplinary contexts
  • To assist participants to plan activities or convert existing activities to a mode of engagement that will elicit deeper cognitive processing
  • To demonstrate how ICAP can be utilized to understand student learning outcomes following assessment
  • To discuss students’ reactions to active learning pedagogy and instructor approaches to facilitate students’ acceptance

Themes: Active learning, ICAP Framework, Student beliefs about learning, Student engagement during class

Speakers
avatar for Dr. Glenda Stump

Dr. Glenda Stump

Education Research Scientist, J-WEL, MIT Open Learning
Dr. Glenda Stump is an educator and education researcher whose career has spanned multiple disciplines. She currently works as an Education Research Scientist in the Abdul Latif Jameel World Education Lab at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. She is currently engaged in multiple... Read More →


Monday June 17, 2019 1:30pm - 5:00pm
32-124 32 Vassar St, Cambridge, MA 02139

6:00pm

Pre-Conference Reception
If you haven't already, you can purchase a ticket during our pre-conference workshop registration. This is a great opportunity to join fellow conference attendees over some hors d'oeuvres and drinks.

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Monday June 17, 2019 6:00pm - 8:00pm
Commonwealth Cambridge 11 Broad Canal Way Kendall Square Cambridge MA 02142
 
Tuesday, June 18
 

7:30am

Continental Breakfast
Tuesday June 18, 2019 7:30am - 8:30am
Lobby 10 77 Massachusetts Ave, Cambridge, MA 02139

7:30am

Registration
Tuesday June 18, 2019 7:30am - 5:00pm
Lobby 10 77 Massachusetts Ave, Cambridge, MA 02139

8:45am

Welcome and Kickoff
Speakers
avatar for Dr. M. S. Vijay Kumar

Dr. M. S. Vijay Kumar

Executive Director, Abdul Latif Jameel World Education Lab Associate Dean for Open Learning, J-WEL, MIT Open Learning
Dr. M. S. Vijay Kumar is Executive Director of J-WEL and Associate Dean for Open Learning at MIT. Vijay has been providing leadership for technology-enabled educational innovation at MIT for the past 22 years, previously as MIT’s Senior Associate Dean of Undergraduate Education... Read More →


Tuesday June 18, 2019 8:45am - 9:00am
10-250 77 Massachusetts Ave, Cambridge, MA 02139

9:00am

What is the Potential of Innovation to Leapfrog Education Progress Globally?
In an age of rising inequality, getting a good education increasingly separates the haves from the have nots. Experts predict that by 2030, over 880 million children will reach adulthood without basic secondary-level skills, and it will take a century for the most marginalized youth to achieve the educational levels that the wealthiest enjoy today. In her recent book, Leapfrogging Inequality: Remaking Education to Help Young People Thrive, Rebecca Winthrop and co-authors chart a new path for global education by examining the possibility of leapfrogging—harnessing innovation to rapidly accelerate educational progress—to ensure that all young people develop the skills they need for a fast-changing world. Analyzing a catalog of nearly 3,000 global education innovations researchers explore the potential of current practices to enable such a leap. In a world where the ability to manipulate knowledge and information, think critically, and collaboratively solve problems are essential to thrive, new approaches to scaling access to a quality education is crucial if all young people are to have the opportunity to thrive.

Speakers
avatar for Dr. Rebecca Winthrop

Dr. Rebecca Winthrop

Director, Center for Universal Education and Senior Fellow, Global Economy and Development, Brookings Institution
Rebecca Winthrop is a senior fellow and director of the Center for Universal Education at The Brookings Institution. Her research focuses on education globally, with special attention to the skills children need to succeed in their lives as workers and citizens. Of particular interest... Read More →


Tuesday June 18, 2019 9:00am - 9:45am
10-250 77 Massachusetts Ave, Cambridge, MA 02139

9:45am

Panel: Learning Everywhere
This panel brings together representatives of four unique educational programs, MIT ReACT, Mountain Heights Academy, the Davidson Academy, and Public Library Innovation Exchange.  Each of these programs reaches learners where they are in their lives, geographically, developmentally, and in the context of their lived experience. This discussion will highlight the techniques, pedagogies, and technologies used to bring education to learners rather than the traditional approach of bringing learners to educational experiences.

Moderators
avatar for Dr. Lana Cook

Dr. Lana Cook

Leadership Giving and Strategic Initiatives Officer, MIT Open Learning
Lana Cook, Ph.D is a Leadership Giving and Strategic Initiatives Officer at MIT Open Learning. She received her doctorate in English from Northeastern University. Her research in American literature, film and visual cultures focuses particularly on the aesthetics of altered states... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Stacy Hawthorne

Stacy Hawthorne

Director of Online Learning, The Davidson Academy
As the Director of Online Learning, Stacy Hawthorne led the design of Davidson Academy Online programs, which now include a la carte courses and a full-time online high school for profoundly gifted students living anywhere in the U.S. Hawthorne was awarded a 2018 Blackboard Catalyst... Read More →
avatar for Dr. DeLaina Tonks

Dr. DeLaina Tonks

Principal, Mountain Heights Academy
DeLaina has been involved in education since 1991. Prior to coming to Mountain Heights Academy, DeLaina taught high school French and Spanish, and worked as an instructional designer in Upper Arlington, Ohio. She is a 2014 “Best of State – Principal” winner and was named as... Read More →
avatar for J. Philipp Schmidt

J. Philipp Schmidt

Director of Learning Innovation, MIT Media Lab
J. Philipp Schmidt is Director of Learning Innovation at the MIT Media Lab, where he leads the ML Learning initiative, teaches courses, and conducts research on learning communities. He is also a cofounder and board member of Peer 2 Peer University (P2PU), a non-profit organization... Read More →
avatar for Robert D Fadel

Robert D Fadel

Executive Director, ReACT
Robert Fadel is the Executive Director of the MIT Refugee Action (ReACT) Hub. Working together with its founder, Prof. Admir Masic, ReACT has been designing and offering a growing number of new blended learning programs to refugees where they live. By cultivating partnerships across... Read More →


Tuesday June 18, 2019 9:45am - 10:30am
10-250 77 Massachusetts Ave, Cambridge, MA 02139

10:30am

Break
Tuesday June 18, 2019 10:30am - 11:00am
Lobby 10 77 Massachusetts Ave, Cambridge, MA 02139

11:00am

Paper Presentations
Education in Times of Crisis: Shaping the Future of Internally Displaced Children- A Case Study from Pakistan
Waqas Idrees
This study investigates the impact of education on 20 internally displaced out-of-school children over a period of eight months in a rural area of Pakistan. Two focus areas of the study were to observe (1) Change in participants’ perception towards education, and; (2) Skill development of participants. Internally displaced children were enrolled in a local school and their performance was measured against non-displaced students attending regular school. An educational strategy developed by UNICEF specifically for IDPs was used to structure the study along with a hybrid learning framework to measure children’s performance in three knowledge areas: foundational, meta and humanistic skills.

Integration Challenges of ICT in Rural Remote Mountainous Schools: An Effective ICT Policy and Implementation in Leadership/Principal’s Perspective
Gul Shamim
This study investigated school-level ICT policy and its effective implementation in leadership and principals' perspectives of rural, remote mountainous areas of developing countries. In this research, the emphasis is placed on how school-level ICT policy plans are being developed and finds out the school level ICT policy development and implementation challenges, potential and impact in rural mountainous areas K-12 schools.

What if There is Limited Access to Technology? Teaching English to Underprivileged Young Learners
Merita Hoxha, Vilma Tafani
This paper reports on an Albanian case study examining what happened when English as a second language teacher candidates introduced digitally-enhanced teaching strategies into educational experiences for third-grade students in settings with limited technology access.


Moderators
avatar for Steve Carson

Steve Carson

Associate Director, Membership Management, J-WEL
Stephen Carson is Associate Director, Membership Management for the Abdul Latif Jameel World Education Lab (J-WEL) at MIT. Before joining the J-WEL team, he served as Director of Operations and Director of Program Business Development for OPENPediatrics (http://openpediatrics.org... Read More →

Tuesday June 18, 2019 11:00am - 12:30pm
4-163 77 Massachusetts Ave, Cambridge, MA 02139
  • NEW FIELD 1 Paper 78: Education in Times of Crisis: Shaping the Future of Internally Displaced Children- A Case Study from Pakistan

11:00am

Paper Presentations
Online Learning in the Arab World- A Shifting Landscape
Sherif Halawa
This paper presents the results of the authors' analysis of four years of online learning data from Edraak, the largest regional MOOC provider. The results show that the online learning landscape is shifting, with a gradual shift towards younger age learners and higher female-to-male registration ratios. The authors also show that yearly registration rates are growing in some countries and falling in others. Finally, they demonstrate that several of these patterns are correlated with the countries ICT index components, and its gender inequality and gender development indices. They conclude with recommendations for policymakers and researchers in light of the presented results.

Scandinavian Students’ Perspectives on Learning from the Digital Learning Environment
Mehwish Waheed
This research aims to identify the role of interactive quality to assess Scandinavian students’ perceived learning from the digital learning environment. This paper uses a quantitative research methodology, incorporating a questionnaire targeting Scandinavian students who use a digital learning environment. The findings show that sociability-based interactivity significantly influences the students’ learning.

Moderators
avatar for Dr. Claudia Urrea

Dr. Claudia Urrea

Associate Director, J-WEL pK-12, J-WEL, MIT Open Learning
Claudia Urrea is the Associate Director for preK-12 at the MIT Abdul Latif Jameel World Education Lab (J-WEL). Claudia was born in Colombia, where she received an undergraduate degree in Computer Science from EAFIT University. In 1994, she joined MIT as a visiting research engineer... Read More →

Tuesday June 18, 2019 11:00am - 12:30pm
4-237 77 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge MA 02139

12:30pm

Lunch
Tuesday June 18, 2019 12:30pm - 1:30pm
50-140 Walker Memorial, Morss Hall, 142 Memorial Dr, Cambridge, MA 02142

1:30pm

Panel: The New Learning Society
The "New Learning Society” comprises an audience that runs the gamut – from learners who may be displaced because of social and political crises to those who need re-skilling in order to engage productively in the emerging workforce and includes early learners as well as adults. Open Learning and J-WEL at MIT have been actively involved in developing and advancing programs to address the needs of these new learners. This panel will highlight the innovative and transformational aspects of these initiatives designed to provide quality learning at scale.

Moderators
avatar for Dr. M. S. Vijay Kumar

Dr. M. S. Vijay Kumar

Executive Director, Abdul Latif Jameel World Education Lab Associate Dean for Open Learning, J-WEL, MIT Open Learning
Dr. M. S. Vijay Kumar is Executive Director of J-WEL and Associate Dean for Open Learning at MIT. Vijay has been providing leadership for technology-enabled educational innovation at MIT for the past 22 years, previously as MIT’s Senior Associate Dean of Undergraduate Education... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Dr. George Westerman

Dr. George Westerman

Faculty Director, J-WEL Workforce Learning, MIT Open Learning
George Westerman is a Principal Research Scientist with the MIT Sloan Initiative on the Digital Economy. His research examines the transformative impact of digital innovation on companies and workers. In addition to leading the MIT IDE research portfolio on digital transformation... Read More →
avatar for Dr. Claudia Urrea

Dr. Claudia Urrea

Associate Director, J-WEL pK-12, J-WEL, MIT Open Learning
Claudia Urrea is the Associate Director for preK-12 at the MIT Abdul Latif Jameel World Education Lab (J-WEL). Claudia was born in Colombia, where she received an undergraduate degree in Computer Science from EAFIT University. In 1994, she joined MIT as a visiting research engineer... Read More →
avatar for Prof. Krishna Rajagopal

Prof. Krishna Rajagopal

Dean for Digital Learning, MIT Open Learning
Krishna Rajagopal is the Dean for Digital Learning. He leads efforts to empower and catalyze MIT faculty as they use digital technologies to augment and transform how they teach students at MIT and, via MITx' open online courses and MicroMasters programs and via MIT's Open CourseWare... Read More →


Tuesday June 18, 2019 1:30pm - 2:30pm
10-250 77 Massachusetts Ave, Cambridge, MA 02139

2:45pm

Paper Presentations
Simple answers to difficult issues about learning and learners internationally at pK-12 levels
Gyori Ildiko
The traditional educational model was designed in the industrial age of the 20th century. That model is outdated for various reasons. This paper introduces a case study of a project, "The S-Cool Days Program," which applies new routines to reframe those aspects. The program was implemented in two European countries, in three different school types--one American School, a school start-up and a traditional public school. The activities are introduced by creative art and craft sessions, are engaging enough to invite students to present their passion projects in the classroom, to take the first steps towards purpose-driven learning, learn how to focus on monitoring and expressing of emotions, among other things. The program supports the 4C's that the 21st-century skills education is supposed to focus on: the creativity, communication, collaboration, and critical thinking. This paper shares insights from participating teachers and what changes they identified in the classroom.


Inclusivity Through Asynchronous Interactions that Extend Past Barriers to Education
Jonathan Spackman
This paper explores a case study of how educators reach out to and edify individuals behind barriers to educational opportunities. The scope of this paper does not address all barriers to education, but researches three: distance as a barrier that keeps a student physically distanced from the classroom, time as a barrier that forces communication to be asynchronous, and extendibility as a barrier that begs the question, “Can a teacher’s influence be satisfactorily extended through the barriers of distance and time?” Edifying, within this interpretive frame, is defined as inviting the alma mater presence, guiding the learning experience, and revealing the previously out of reach or concealed context to the learner. Through an examination of artifacts and conducting of interviews, five themes describe how one organization successfully reaches out to and edifies learners behind the barriers of distance, time, and extendibility. These themes are the significance of feedback, overcoming the burden of asynchronicity, genuine concern for the student, true to brand, and cost consciousness.


Moderators
avatar for Steve Carson

Steve Carson

Associate Director, Membership Management, J-WEL
Stephen Carson is Associate Director, Membership Management for the Abdul Latif Jameel World Education Lab (J-WEL) at MIT. Before joining the J-WEL team, he served as Director of Operations and Director of Program Business Development for OPENPediatrics (http://openpediatrics.org... Read More →

Tuesday June 18, 2019 2:45pm - 3:45pm
4-163 77 Massachusetts Ave, Cambridge, MA 02139

2:45pm

Paper Presentations
Choosing Your Own Adventure: Engaging the New Learning Society Through Integrative Curriculum Design
Elizabeth Ryder
In our increasingly data-driven society, it is critical for high school students to learn to integrate computational thinking with other disciplines in solving real-world problems. To address this need for the life sciences in particular, this paper's authors developed the Bio-CS Bridge, a modular computational system coupled with curriculum integrating biology and computer science. Their approach engages students and teachers in scientific practices using biological data that they can collect themselves, and computational tools that they help to design and implement, to address the real-world problem of pollinator decline. Their team's modular approach to high school curriculum design provides teachers with the educational flexibility to address national and statewide biology and computer science standards for a wide range of learner types. They are using a teacher-leader model to disseminate the Bridge, whose components will be freely available online.

Design and Practice of Online and Classroom Programs that Encourage Deep Learning
Xinyao Cheng
This paper aims to design three online and classroom programs that focus on deep learning of high school mathematics and physics subjects, with the foundation of three levels of Bloom’s Taxonomy: understand, analyze and create. A design of learning tasks and scaffolding for classroom and online in-depth learning support that targets deep understanding as the first program and a design of thinking tasks and scaffolding for classroom and online problem-solving support system that targets at analysis and applications as the second program as well as the third program that designs action tasks and scaffolding aiming at knowledge innovation. Experienced teachers, technology experts, and pedagogues work together striving to help learners deepening self-learning and cooperative learning, encouraging motivation and improving system thinking ability. With on-going experiment in schools, the comparison data of experimental class and control classes on average scores and number of top-ranking students of midterm and final exam have shown the improvements in students’ deep learning.



Moderators
avatar for Dana Doyle

Dana Doyle

Director, MITx Program, MIT Open Learning
Dana Doyle earned her B.F.A. from Pratt Institute, NY in 1992 and her MEd from Northeastern University, MA in 2018. Over the past 20 years her work has been focused on digital solutions design and management. Ms. Doyle has been working at MIT in the MITx group for over 4 years and... Read More →

Tuesday June 18, 2019 2:45pm - 3:45pm
4-237 77 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge MA 02139

3:45pm

PM Break and Poster Session
Tuesday June 18, 2019 3:45pm - 5:00pm
50-140 Walker Memorial, Morss Hall, 142 Memorial Dr, Cambridge, MA 02142

5:00pm

Free Time
Tuesday June 18, 2019 5:00pm - 6:00pm

6:00pm

Dinner
Join us for dinner at the end of Day 1 of the LINC conference.  
All LINC attendees are invited to attend.
Dinner is included as part of your registration fee.

Tuesday June 18, 2019 6:00pm - 8:00pm
50-140 Walker Memorial, Morss Hall, 142 Memorial Dr, Cambridge, MA 02142
 
Wednesday, June 19
 

8:00am

Continental Breakfast
Wednesday June 19, 2019 8:00am - 9:00am
Lobby 10 77 Massachusetts Ave, Cambridge, MA 02139

9:00am

Panel: Engines for Emerging Learning Experiences
Artificial intelligence and other emerging technologies  present the promise of amplifying and extending learning opportunities. This panel brings together representatives of Intelligent Machines Lab, the Queen Rania Foundation, the Open Learning Exchange, and MIT Solve to illuminate these drivers of educational transformation for the new learning society.

Moderators
avatar for Steve Carson

Steve Carson

Associate Director, Membership Management, J-WEL
Stephen Carson is Associate Director, Membership Management for the Abdul Latif Jameel World Education Lab (J-WEL) at MIT. Before joining the J-WEL team, he served as Director of Operations and Director of Program Business Development for OPENPediatrics (http://openpediatrics.org... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Dr. Sherif Halawa

Dr. Sherif Halawa

Head of Engineering and Research, Edraak
Dr. Sherif Halawa leads the engineering and research team at Edraak, Queen Rania Foundation for Education and Development. He currently leads the development of Edraak's educational technology, to improve online learning for over 2.2 million learners in the Arab World, ranging from... Read More →
avatar for Sara Monteabaro

Sara Monteabaro

Senior Officer, Learning Community, MIT Solve
Sara Monteabaro is the Senior Officer for Solve's Learning pillar. In this role, Sara works to cultivate a robust community of innovators, cross-sector leaders, and change-makers dedicated to improving learning opportunities and access to quality education around the world. Prior... Read More →
avatar for Dr. Richard Rowe

Dr. Richard Rowe

CEO, Open Learning Exchange
Dr. Richard Rowe is Chairman and CEO of the Open Learning Exchange, Inc. (OLE). He received his B.A. in Psychology from UCLA, an M.A. in Psychology of Religion from Boston University and his Ph.D. from Columbia University in Clinical Psychology. A clinical licensed Psychologist in... Read More →
avatar for Dr. Venkat Srinivasan

Dr. Venkat Srinivasan

Managing Director, Innospark Ventures
Dr. Venkat Srinivasan, the Founder and Managing Director of Innospark, has worn the shoes of an entrepreneur for most of his career. He brings deep expertise in AI and computational algorithms to the firm, especially computational linguistics combined with deep functional knowledge... Read More →


Wednesday June 19, 2019 9:00am - 9:45am
10-250 77 Massachusetts Ave, Cambridge, MA 02139

9:45am

Panel: Opening Up Universities: Real and Virtual
Moderators
avatar for Dana Doyle

Dana Doyle

Director, MITx Program, MIT Open Learning
Dana Doyle earned her B.F.A. from Pratt Institute, NY in 1992 and her MEd from Northeastern University, MA in 2018. Over the past 20 years her work has been focused on digital solutions design and management. Ms. Doyle has been working at MIT in the MITx group for over 4 years and... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Dr. Naveed Malik

Dr. Naveed Malik

Founder-Rector, Virtual University of Pakistan
Professor Dr. Naveed A. Malik is the founder-Rector of the Virtual University of Pakistan, a position he occupied from 2001 to January 2019. Dr. Malik obtained his Master’s degree in Physics from the University of the Punjab, Pakistan and later the Doctor of Science degree from... Read More →
avatar for Dr. Zaini Ujang

Dr. Zaini Ujang

Former President and Vice-Chancellor, Universiti Teknologi Malaysia
Zaini Ujang (MSc, 1991 and PhD 1996, Newcastle) is an administrator, environmental engineer and accomplished academic. He was the Secretary General, Ministry of Energy, Green Technology and Water, Malaysia since August 2016, Secretary General Ministry of Higher Education, Malaysia... Read More →


Wednesday June 19, 2019 9:45am - 10:30am
10-250 77 Massachusetts Ave, Cambridge, MA 02139

10:30am

Break
Wednesday June 19, 2019 10:30am - 11:00am
Lobby 10 77 Massachusetts Ave, Cambridge, MA 02139

11:00am

Paper Presentations
Understanding Faculty’s Lived Experiences in an Increasingly Digitized World
Tiffany Wong
Although universities and their faculty design courses for periodic learning, the “new learning society”, an increasingly diverse, mobile population is inexorably shifting to a model of continuous, self-directed, lifelong learning. Hence, the effective instructional practices that emerge through the role of the MOOC instructor have lasting value, whether the trend of MOOCs endures, or not. Understanding faculty experiences can inform online teaching as well as facilitate the success of MOOCs and other online offerings as an educational format within and beyond the university, and help both faculty and learners thrive in a new learning society. As part of a larger study, this paper reports on the impact of online teaching on instructors’ pedagogical approaches. A key finding is that instructors improved their residential teaching by incorporating MOOC material into their courses; online format also forced instructors to think of both their subject matter and the presentation of their content in better and more inclusive ways.

A New Curriculum for an Uncertain Future
Jackeline Bucio, Guadalupe Vadillo
Students must be able to discover problems and face those that are ill-defined, to build innovative solutions, to analyze situations using non-traditional viewpoints and to happily and effectively respond to changing restrictions. This work presents the curricular redesign process of Mexico's national university virtual high school. The program is aimed at building the fundamental cultural basis that is expected from this educational level. The authors expect its contents, structure and learning activities to constitute a two-year training for students to feel comfortable and be productive while facing uncertain environments. The redesign process involved a diagnosis, the definition of design restrictions and general structure, and the development of an educational social network to socialize and improve the syllabi, as well as an intelligent tutoring system that will support teachers’ work.

Moderators
avatar for Steve Carson

Steve Carson

Associate Director, Membership Management, J-WEL
Stephen Carson is Associate Director, Membership Management for the Abdul Latif Jameel World Education Lab (J-WEL) at MIT. Before joining the J-WEL team, he served as Director of Operations and Director of Program Business Development for OPENPediatrics (http://openpediatrics.org... Read More →

Wednesday June 19, 2019 11:00am - 12:30pm
4-163 77 Massachusetts Ave, Cambridge, MA 02139

11:00am

Paper Presentations
Can Virtual Reality Act as an Affective Machine? Wild Animal Embodiment Experience
Alexandra Sierra Rativa
To emphasize the importance of protecting wild animals, the general goal of this research is to develop an immersive virtual experience where users can step into the ‘shoes’ of nature. The specific objective of this research is to explore the possibility of creating a strong emotional connection experience with the virtual body. Users become a wild animal through virtual reality, which allows them to move and see their body and arms as a virtual animal. In a game setting, users explore a simulated natural environment. At the end of the game, users experience a distress event during which they become the target of an illegal animal hunter. The authors compare the perceived pain, empathy, immersion, and embodiment experience evoked through a game character with a natural body (beaver), with an artificial body (robot beaver), and an amorphous body.


Gamified Approach to Blended Philosophy Course: Social Search and Multilingual Communication Experience
Mikhail Bukhtoyarov, Anna Bukhtoyarova
The challenge of updating existing curriculum to meet the requirements of blended, interactive and gamified approaches is complex. This paper presents the case of a gamified activity that was used to enrich a blended philosophy course for more than 350 sophomore students in a large public university in Russia. The concepts of social search and combined techniques of educational gamification were utilized to achieve “a game inside the game” effect and to transform the course activity into a socially significant action.

Speakers
avatar for Dr. Claudia Urrea

Dr. Claudia Urrea

Associate Director, J-WEL pK-12, J-WEL, MIT Open Learning
Claudia Urrea is the Associate Director for preK-12 at the MIT Abdul Latif Jameel World Education Lab (J-WEL). Claudia was born in Colombia, where she received an undergraduate degree in Computer Science from EAFIT University. In 1994, she joined MIT as a visiting research engineer... Read More →


Wednesday June 19, 2019 11:00am - 12:30pm
4-237 77 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge MA 02139

12:30pm

Lunch
Wednesday June 19, 2019 12:30pm - 1:30pm
50-140 Walker Memorial, Morss Hall, 142 Memorial Dr, Cambridge, MA 02142

1:30pm

Panel: Educating for Future Work
The skills required for the workforce of the future demand a rethinking of education at all levels to ensure learners have the in-demand skills, critical thinking abilities, and social/interpersonal capabilities necessary to ensure prosperity for individuals and the economies in which they live. Representatives of San Jose State Community College, Microsoft, America's Job Exchange, and more discuss how educational systems need to adapt to ensure they meet the needs of a rapidly changing work environment.

Moderators
avatar for Dr. George Westerman

Dr. George Westerman

Faculty Director, J-WEL Workforce Learning, MIT Open Learning
George Westerman is a Principal Research Scientist with the MIT Sloan Initiative on the Digital Economy. His research examines the transformative impact of digital innovation on companies and workers. In addition to leading the MIT IDE research portfolio on digital transformation... Read More →

Speakers
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Dr. David Soo

Chief of Staff, JFF
David Soo, PhD, Education, is JFF’s chief of staff, based in our Washington D.C. office. He works closely with the CEO to provide strategic and programmatic leadership for key organizational initiatives across JFF and JFF Labs. His work includes the design, development, and incubation... Read More →
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Dr. Byron D. Clift Breland

Chancellor, San Jose – Evergreen Community College District (SJECCD)
Dr. Byron D. Clift Breland currently serves as Chancellor of San Jose – Evergreen Community College District (SJECCD). He served as President of San Jose City College from spring of 2013 until being named Interim Chancellor in July 2018. He was appointed permanent Chancellor by... Read More →
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Farnaz Haghseta

Managing Director, America's Job Exchange
Farnaz Haghseta is currently the Managing Director of America's Job Exchange and formerly the Chief Diversity Officer at Publicis Sapient. While leading the overall strategy for attracting, retaining, and growing diverse talent on behalf of these organizations, Farnaz has recently... Read More →
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Damian Ewens

Learning Designer
Damian Ewens is a career educator and ocean adventurer with a passion for helping all people create lives of purpose and meaning. For 20 years, Damian has taught in, launched, and led inclusive learning communities, non-profits, and tech start-ups that create opportunity for all... Read More →
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Portia Wu

Managing Director of U.S. Public Policy, Microsoft
Portia Wu is Managing Director of U.S. Public Policy for Microsoft, where she oversees a team tackling federal policy issues critical to the technology industry, including Artificial Intelligence, cloud computing, workforce, and emerging technologies. She first joined Microsoft as... Read More →


Wednesday June 19, 2019 1:30pm - 2:15pm
10-250 77 Massachusetts Ave, Cambridge, MA 02139

2:30pm

Paper Presentations
Scheduled paper presentations

The Role and Effectiveness of Coaching in Increasing Self-Efficacy and Employability Efforts of Higher Education Students
Joanna Molyn
The purpose of this quasi-experimental, longitudinal mixed-methods research was to examine the link between coaching, self-efficacy and the employability efforts of students from a widening participation university (a university that aims to offer education to students regardless of their socioeconomic status, income, age, disability or ethnicity) in the United Kingdom. It investigated the effectiveness of coaching in increasing students’ career decision self-efficacy, outcome expectations and their employability efforts.

The Effects of Interactive Whiteboard on the Academic Performance of Deaf Students in Federal College of Education (SP), Oyo, Nigeria
Sunday Taiwo
This study was conducted at the Federal College of Education (Special), Oyo during the first semester of the 2017/2018 academic session to determine the effects of Interactive White Boards on the academic performance of deaf and hard of hearing students who attended the course, “Educational Technology: Theory and Practice." The findings indicated a significant difference in favor of the IWB class versus the conventional class in the posttest.

Speakers
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Jeff Dieffenbach

Associate Director, MIT Integrated Learning Initiative (MITili), MIT Open Learning
Jeff Dieffenbach is the Associate Director of the MIT Integrated Learning Initiative, which funds, connects, and disseminates transformational MIT research investigating learning effectiveness across pK-12, higher education, and workplace learning.Previously, Jeff has served in senior... Read More →


Wednesday June 19, 2019 2:30pm - 3:30pm
4-163 77 Massachusetts Ave, Cambridge, MA 02139

2:30pm

Paper Presentations
Bridging Continents - Student Engagement in the Classroom
Marla Hilderbrand-Chae
The paper outlines a project at Greater Lawrence Technical School that explored overcoming the limitations of war using the context of the Syrian refugee crisis. At some point in the project, a gas explosion tragedy rocked Lawrence, North Andover (where 80% of the school population resided), creating a displacement of the students and their families. Although it was smaller in measure, it transformed the teacher's methodology of using visual and tactile information to help the students envision the refugee experience into something real, in their immediate lives. Their families were displaced temporarily, lacked hot water, food or energy, among other things. With this backdrop, students learned about the practical applications of drug discovery, computer science, and even mechanizing bioreactors in war-torn zones like Syria, that might lack electricity and other resources.

The Learning Network Program – An Online Collaborative Methodology
Mariana Diana
The Learning Network Program is an initiative and an online collaborative methodology that can be applied to all age ranges, with students at the initial level, up to university students. It is an interschool project that has been promoted by the Brazilian NGO Instituto Crescer since 2010, and it has been putting schools from different parts of the world in contact. Teachers, together with their students, work in a topic proposed by Instituto Crescer, related to the environment, historical memory, citizenship or culture of the region where the school is located. The whole process is documented in a virtual community, such as Facebook, by the teachers themselves, who also have the objective of sharing the work of the other schools with their students. During the project, students videoconference with one another in order to exchange impressions and experiences of their work. Students, in addition to knowing other cultures, also begin to have deeper knowledge about their own reality.

Moderators
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Steve Carson

Associate Director, Membership Management, J-WEL
Stephen Carson is Associate Director, Membership Management for the Abdul Latif Jameel World Education Lab (J-WEL) at MIT. Before joining the J-WEL team, he served as Director of Operations and Director of Program Business Development for OPENPediatrics (http://openpediatrics.org... Read More →

Wednesday June 19, 2019 2:30pm - 3:30pm
4-237 77 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge MA 02139

3:30pm

Break
Wednesday June 19, 2019 3:30pm - 4:00pm
Lobby 10 77 Massachusetts Ave, Cambridge, MA 02139

4:00pm

Unconference
Wednesday June 19, 2019 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Lobby 10 77 Massachusetts Ave, Cambridge, MA 02139

5:00pm

Free Time
Wednesday June 19, 2019 5:00pm - 6:00pm

6:00pm

Charles River Boat Cruise
If you haven't already purchased a ticket for our River Boat Cruise, you can purchase one during LINC registration on Tuesday, June 18th. 

Cruise on the Henry Longfellow along the Charles River. Take in scenic Boston and Cambridge while chatting with fellow LINC attendees. Hors d'oeuvres and cash bar on board.

Boarding Location: MIT Sailing Pavilion
Boarding Time: 5:45pm
Departure: 6:00pm sharp
Cruise Time: 2 hours


Wednesday June 19, 2019 6:00pm - 8:00pm
MIT Sailing Pavilion (Bldg. 51) 134 Memorial Dr, Cambridge, MA 02139
 
Thursday, June 20
 

8:00am

Continental Breakfast
Thursday June 20, 2019 8:00am - 9:00am
Lobby 10 77 Massachusetts Ave, Cambridge, MA 02139

9:00am

Featured Speaker: Prof. Christine Ortiz
Christine Ortiz is the (tenured and chaired) Morris Cohen Professor of Materials Science and Engineering at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Ortiz is the founder of a new nonprofit postsecondary educational institution, Station1, that is a new model of higher education based on inclusion and equity, learning through frontier inquiry and research, and the integration of science and technology with societal perspective and impact.  Ortiz served as the Dean for Graduate Education at MIT between 2010 and 2016, supporting approximately 7,000 graduate students from 100+ countries. With over 25 years of experience in higher education, Dr. Ortiz has led cross-institutional initiatives in global education, technology-enabled learning, new methods of learning assessment, fostering diversity and inclusion and postsecondary financial models. Ortiz has served on over 50 MIT departmental and Institute committees and working groups. Ortiz is a distinguished scientist and engineer with over 175 scholarly publications, has supervised the research projects of more than 80 students from 10 different academic disciplines, and received 30 national and international honors, including the Presidential Early Career Award in Science and Engineering which was awarded to her at the White House by President George W. Bush. Ortiz serves on numerous boards, including as a regional accreditation commissioner for the Commission on Institutions of Higher Education, New England Association of Schools and Colleges.

Speakers
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Prof. Christine Ortiz

Morris Cohen Professor of Materials Science and Engineering, MIT
Christine Ortiz is the (tenured and chaired) Morris Cohen Professor of Materials Science and Engineering at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Ortiz is the founder of a new nonprofit postsecondary educational institution, Station1, that is a new model of higher education based... Read More →


Thursday June 20, 2019 9:00am - 9:45am
10-250 77 Massachusetts Ave, Cambridge, MA 02139

10:00am

Paper Presentations
Project Accelerate: Closing the Access Gap to Physical Science Careers and Academic Programs
Mark Greenman
Economically disadvantaged and underrepresented high school students in many urban, rural, and small suburban communities don’t have access to Advanced Placement® (AP®) courses. Lacking opportunity to access rigorous physics courses in high school, these demographic groups are hard pressed to compete in physical science related STEM fields and academic programs with their peers from more affluent communities. Project Accelerate, a National Science Foundation funded project, is a partnership program between Boston University (BU) and high schools to bring a College Board accredited AP® Physics 1 course to schools not offering this opportunity. Preliminary results, including 103 students who completed the course and taken the College Board AP Physics 1 exam, indicate that students participating in Project Accelerate do as well or better than their peers enrolled in traditional classroom-based AP® Physics 1 classes.

Real and Virtual Bio Fabrication Laboratory for Teaching all Science Teaching and Citizens´ Scientific Literacy
Maria Castello
The authors of this paper propose a pilot project aimed at promoting the transformation of biological science teacher training in Uruguay, seeking to improve the development of critical thinking skills and to deepen "nature of science" comprehension. This planned project will involve the immersion of K-12 biological science teacher-students and recently graduated Biological Science Teachers in Biological Science Living Physical and "mirror" Virtual Reality Laboratories. These laboratories will be equipped with "do it yourself" (DIY), "do it with others" (DIWO) and "bring your own device" (BYOD) technologies for the implementation of research-type activities framed in the philosophy of the "fabrication laboratories." The virtual platform will also comprise a library with didactic resources under permissive licenses to ensure a broader impact.

Closing the Signaling Gap: Leveraging Learning Science and Technology Design Principles to Support Marginalized and Vulnerable Youth to Transfer their Skills, Knowledge, and Abilities to New and Different Types of Work
Tessa Forshaw
As society faces an uncertain and changing future of work, workforce development needs a new paradigm; one founded in leveraging the learning sciences and human-centered technology design to drive inclusion. A preliminary trial of a web-based skills visualization tool with the LA Chamber of Commerce suggests that when participants in their workforce development program created their skills visualization map using the tool, the quantity and quality of skills used to self-describe increased. Further, the number of participants recommended for an internship also increased. These early results indicate that using a skills visualization map may promote self-explanation, and allow participants to construct a better understanding of how to transfer their skills to a new environment. This approach was used to address the core learning problem of self-explanation, as studies have shown that self-explanation and visualizations are powerful strategies to learn more deeply (Schwartz et al., 2016).


Moderators
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Jeff Dieffenbach

Associate Director, MIT Integrated Learning Initiative (MITili), MIT Open Learning
Jeff Dieffenbach is the Associate Director of the MIT Integrated Learning Initiative, which funds, connects, and disseminates transformational MIT research investigating learning effectiveness across pK-12, higher education, and workplace learning.Previously, Jeff has served in senior... Read More →

Thursday June 20, 2019 10:00am - 11:30am
4-163 77 Massachusetts Ave, Cambridge, MA 02139

10:00am

Paper Presentations
The Value of the We Love Reading Program for Executive Functions
Rana Dajani, Alya Al-Sager
Early childhood enrichment opportunities have been shown to shape executive functions (EF), which play a critical role in the development of academic skills, including school readiness and future educational achievement. This paper's authors partnered with We Love Reading (WLR), a Jordan-based organization designed to promote reading for pleasure among children, in order to demonstrate the impact of the WLR read-aloud method on executive functions in children. Over a three-month interval with the WLR program, the authors found that the number of books in the home and the number of children that considered reading as a hobby had increased, and this increase was related to an improvement in the working memory/task switching component of the EF tasks. These data suggest how programming that increases motivation in reading practices improves components of executive functions in early childhood. Implications are discussed for addressing how enrichment programs can promote life-long learning and academic success through accessible, inclusive, and sustainable mediums.

Changing the State of Literacy in the Digital Age in India
Aanandita Gahlot, Shubhankar Gahlot
India deals with troubles in literacy due to factors like shortage of quality academic institutions and unsuitable curriculum. Digital Technology is credited as something that can bridge the gap between quality institutions and individuals, making learning more engaging. The Indian Government has launched Pradhan Mantri Gramin Digital Saksharta Abhiyan (PMGDISHA)* under its Digital India initiative. This initiative aims to make at least one individual from each household digitally literate so that they develop the skills needed to link with the rapidly growing digital world. This scheme aims to target rural populations, including minorities, those living below the poverty line, women, and differently-abled people. This paper explores the changing state of literacy in India after the implementation of PGMDISHA.

Embedding Critical Thinking in International Studies Language Programs
Hossam Ahmed
In International Studies BA programs, students do not attain proficiency levels high enough to enable them to develop their critical thinking skills in dealing with texts from the target culture(s). This is especially true for the so-called Less-Commonly Taught Languages. Redesigning the final course in the language sequence as a 'Language in Practice' course addresses this issue through Task-Based Language Teaching. Abandoning the goal of proficiency for higher performance goals, and focusing on only a subset of language modes of communication, enables integrating critical thinking skills in specific relevant contexts. Maintaining only relevant aspects of Task-Based Language Teaching and allowing others to be carried out in English rather than the target language can preserve task authenticity, and allow for more in-depth development of critical thinking skills using texts from the target cultures.

Moderators
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Dana Doyle

Director, MITx Program, MIT Open Learning
Dana Doyle earned her B.F.A. from Pratt Institute, NY in 1992 and her MEd from Northeastern University, MA in 2018. Over the past 20 years her work has been focused on digital solutions design and management. Ms. Doyle has been working at MIT in the MITx group for over 4 years and... Read More →

Thursday June 20, 2019 10:00am - 11:30am
4-237 77 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge MA 02139

11:30am

Break
Thursday June 20, 2019 11:30am - 12:00pm
Lobby 10 77 Massachusetts Ave, Cambridge, MA 02139

12:00pm

Featured Speaker: Dr. Peter Senge
Speakers
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Dr. Peter Senge

Senior Lecturer, MIT, Sloan School of Management
Peter M. Senge is the founding chair of SoL (Society of Organizational Learning), a global network of organizations, researchers, and consultants dedicated to the “interdependent development of people and their institutions”, Senior Lecturer, Sloan School of Management MIT, and... Read More →


Thursday June 20, 2019 12:00pm - 12:45pm
10-250 77 Massachusetts Ave, Cambridge, MA 02139

12:45pm

LINC Ends
Boxed lunches will be available.

Thursday June 20, 2019 12:45pm - 12:45pm
Lobby 10 77 Massachusetts Ave, Cambridge, MA 02139
 

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