Abdul Latif Jameel World Education Lab (J-WEL) to spark global renaissance in education through innovation at MIT

May 3, 2017

J-WEL will be an anchor entity within MIT’s open education and learning initiatives that are led by MIT Vice President for Open Learning Sanjay Sarma. The three special interest groups integral to J-WEL’s mission — pre-K–12, higher education, and workplace learning — will each have faculty leads. Professors Angela Belcher and Eric Klopfer will direct pre-K–12, and Professor Hazel Sive will direct the higher education special interest group. A workplace learning faculty director will be named soon. M.S. Vijay Kumar, MIT’s associate dean of digital learning, will serve as J-WEL’s executive director and will work closely with the faculty leads. Faculty will receive J-WEL grants for research related to this initiative. J-WEL will also draw on existing educational resources at MIT, including the MIT Integrated Learning Initiative (MITili) and Office of Digital Learning, to research and apply what works best in the education of children, university students, and workers.

An African boy and girl look over school work. Statistics reveal that in Subsaharan Africa, 18.6 million girls are not in schools. 9 million of whom will never start compared to 6 million boys.

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