The Future of Learning in a Networked World
Date: Monday, April 4, 2016
Time: 6:45 p.m.
Location: Kemper Auditorium
Co-hosted by the Office of the Head of School, the Tang Institute and the Office of Educational Initiatives.
We live in an extraordinary time, where new technologies are reshaping the working world and civic sphere, while also presenting extraordinary opportunities and challenges for learning. During his talk, Justin Reich will explore emerging models of online learning that empower students to create and participate in meaningful communities, shape their public persona in responsible ways, and prepare for a life of online learning. Drawing on his body of research, he will also address two central questions on equity and access in online learning today:
- How can we ensure that technology innovation serves and reaches all learners?
- And what role can teachers and schools play in that process?
Reich is the executive director of the MIT Teaching Systems Lab and a research scientist in the MIT Office of Digital Learning. He is also an affiliate of the Berkman Center for Internet and Society at Harvard University and a lecturer in the MIT Scheller Teacher Education Program. His work explores the history of online and distance education, as well as the current implications for course production, research, economics, and policy and equity. He has conducted significant research into the inequalities associated with digital learning and the relationships between socio-economic resources and outcomes in online learning. Reich recently he coauthored, along with Harvard Graduate School of Education doctoral student John Hansen, the article in Science “Democratizing education? Examining access and usage patterns in massive open online courses.”
Other resources for Reich’s research include:
The Great Education Equalizer? New Study Shows MOOCs have not yet fulfilled their promise as a force for equity https://www.gse.harvard.edu/news/uk/15/12/great-education-equalizer (December 8, 2015)
EdTechTeacher: Will Free Benefit the Rich?: Fighting for Technology Equity (14 Jun)
Using Online Social Networks to Foster Preservice Teachers’ Membership in a Networked Community of Praxis, Reich, Justin; Levinson, Meira; Johnston, William, CITE Journal, v11 n4 p382-397 (11 Dec)
Techniques for Unleashing Student Work from Learning Management Systems, MindShift, (Feb 13, 2015)