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Monday, June 17


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.

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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 →
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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


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

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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


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.

Please keep your name badge on for admission!

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

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