Principle Investigators

  • Justin Reich
    Justin Reich Executive Director of Teaching Systems Lab & Assistant Professor of Comparative Media Studies/Writing

    Justin is the executive director of the Teaching Systems Lab at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, a research scientist in the MIT Office of Digital Learning, and a lecturer in the Scheller Teacher Education Program. He the co-founder of EdTechTeacher, a professional learning consultancy devoted to helping teachers leverage technology to create student-centered, inquiry-based learning environments. He is a past Fellow at the Berkman-Klein Center for Internet and Society. Follow Justin on Twitter, Google Scholar, or at his Education Week blog, EdTech Researcher.

    Office: NE49-2028

  • Eric Klopfer
    Eric Klopfer Director of the MIT Scheller Teacher Education Program & Professor of Comparative Media Studies/Writing

    Professor Klopfer’s research focuses on the development and use of computer games and simulations for building understanding of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. The games that he works on are designed to build understanding of scientific practices and concepts as well as critical knowledge, using both mobile and web-delivered game platforms.

  • Vijay M. S Kumar
    Vijay M. S Kumar Associate Dean of Digital Learning & Executive Director, Abdul Latif Jameel World Education Laboratory

    Vijay Kumar is Associate Dean of Open Learning and the Executive Director of the Abdul Latif Jameel World Education Lab. He has been providing leadership on sustainable technology-enabled educational innovation at MIT for 21 years, in multiple roles. He is a faculty advisory committee member of MIT OpenCourseWare, has served as executive officer for MIT’s Council on Educational Technology, and is principal investigator of the Open Knowledge Initiative. He is also co-leader of the several other initiatives. He earned an EdD from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, and an MS in industrial management and BTech in chemical engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology, Madras.

    Office: NE49-2182


  • Yoon Jeon Kim
    Yoon Jeon Kim Research Scientist

    Yoon Jeon “YJ” Kim is a research scientist at the Teaching Systems Lab. Yoon Jeon’s research centers on the design and development of learning and assessment in technology-rich environments, particularly video games and simulations. She also has been working closely with teachers co-designing curricula that incorporate emerging technologies within STEM domains for the purpose of supporting “21st Century Skills” such as systems thinking and science inquiry.


  • Raha Moussavi
    Raha Moussavi Learning Designer

    Raha Moussavi is a Learning Designer with the Teaching Systems Lab. She holds a BS in Chemistry from Worcester Polytechnic Institute, an AM in Chemistry from Brown University, and is a PhD candidate in Learning Sciences and Technology at Worcester Polytechnic Institute. Prior to coming to MIT, she worked as a science educator as well as on the design and assessment of activities within an intelligent tutoring system for science inquiry.

  • Peter Kirschmann
    Peter Kirschmann Learning Designer

    Peter Kirschmann is a Learning Designer with the Teaching Systems Lab, working primarily on curriculum design for the Woodrow Wilson Academy, a new teacher preparation program. He is interested in creating opportunities to learn through design, create, and invent. He has developed and facilitated learning experiences at museums, libraries, community media centers, and other informal education institutions. He holds a BA in Media+Cultural Studies from Macalester College and an EdM in Technology, Innovation, and Education from the Harvard Graduate School of Education.

  • Michael Yeomans
    Michael Yeomans Post-Doctoral Researcher, Harvard University

    Michael studies the study the Behavioral Science of Big Data – how new datasets and algorithms are affecting daily life, and expanding the researcher toolbox in social science. He completed his undergraduate degree in Psychology at the University of Toronto and in 2014, he completed a PhD and an MBA in Behavioral Science at the University of Chicago Booth School of Business.

  • Meredith Thompson
    Meredith Thompson Research Scientist

    Meredith Thompson is a research scientist at the Teaching Systems Lab (TSL) and STEP. Her research focuses on the influence of collaboration and creativity in STEM learning environments and the successful integration of mixed methods in education research. A science educator and enthusiast at heart, she has designed a number of science explorations for kids ( Meredith and twin sister Chris ( codeveloped Soundscience Fun!, an interactive presentation on the physics of musical instruments that has been featured on the PBS television show “Curious George”.

  • Louisa Rosenheck
    Louisa Rosenheck Research Scientist

    Louisa Rosenheck is a designer and researcher of educational technologies in the MIT Education Arcade and Teaching Systems Lab. She manages the design, content, and development of educational games and simulations, and oversees the research on how games can be effectively used in both formal and informal educational settings. She also brings the playfulness of games into her assessment design work, creating digital and non-digital tools to help both students and teachers assess creative work and soft skills. In addition to these areas, she supports other designers and organizations in creating innovative ed tech and curriculum. Through capacity building partnerships on local and international ed tech programs, she aims to increase the deep learning in games and tools being produced for education.

  • Kevin Robinson
    Kevin Robinson Product Owner Educational Initiatives and Teaching

    Kevin is part of MIT’s Teaching Systems Lab, working on justice and equity issues in K12 education and creating online practice spaces for teacher preparation programs. He loves applying knowledge across different fields, and has worked in special education, teacher training, educational technology, product design and software engineering.  He’s also active in volunteer work and has helped teach undergraduate programming classes, coordinate Girls Who Code summer programs, and contributed to civic hacking with Code for Boston.  You can connect with him on Twitter.

  • Joshua Littenberg-Tobias
    Joshua Littenberg-Tobias Research Scientist

    Joshua Littenberg-Tobias is a research scientist in the Teaching Systems Lab focusing on digital student learning, teacher professional learning, and massive open online courses. He has extensive applied experience working with large-scale data sets and has served as a methodological consultant on a number of large federal research and evaluation grants with agencies such as the Institute of Education Sciences (IES), National Science Foundation (NSF), and the Department of Defense (DoD). His research has been published in the Journal of Research in Science Teaching, American Journal of Community Psychology, and the Journal of Technology and Teacher Education and he has presented at regional and national education conferences. He holds a PhD in Educational Research, Measurement, and Evaluation from Boston College and a Bachelor of Arts in history from Brown University.

  • Jose Antonio Ruiperez Valiente
    Jose Antonio Ruiperez Valiente Postdoctoral Associate

    José completed his B.Eng. and M.Eng. in Telecommunications at Universidad Católica de Murcia (UCAM) and Universidad Carlos III of Madrid (UC3M) respectively, graduating in both cases with the best academic transcript of the class. Afterwards, he completed his M.Sc. and P.hD. in Telematics at UC3M while conducting research at Institute IMDEA Networks in the area of learning analytics and educational data mining. He has also held industry appointments at Vocento, Accenture and ExoClick, combining experience in academia, research institutions and business companies. Currently, he is applying data science to large scale free online courses and to game-based environments to enhance human knowledge on how we learn. He is passionate about how learning occurs, solving data-based problems, teaching and sharing knowledge, yoga, nature, and photography.

  • Jessica Rondon
    Jessica Rondon Senior Administrator

    Jessica is a senior administrator in the Teaching Systems Lab. She previously worked for an educational tour company that helped students travel throughout the world. Jessica is a graduate of the University of Massachusetts, Amherst and holds a degree in Anthropology.

  • Garrett Beazley
    Garrett Beazley Video Producer

    As a producer, Garrett develops online video content with a hands-on approach. He works with educators and researchers to transform course curricula into tangible video content with the help of his teammates and others, while working as a primary editor and motion graphic artist. He also assists with any aesthetic and graphical needs of the various projects throughout the lab. He’s been developing online courses since 2013 but also spent time on other projects to develop best recording practices for K-12 classrooms, and helped develop a video-based annotation tool. Previously he served as an editor for the Singapore-MIT GAMBIT Game Lab, a production assistant on some television productions, and editor and motion graphic artist for various freelance projects. He has a BFA from the Massachusetts College of Art and Design.

  • Elizabeth Huttner-Loan
    Elizabeth Huttner-Loan Senior Manager, Online Course Development

    Elizabeth develops and manages massive open online courses (MOOCs) on educational technology.  Previously, she was an Instructional Developer for the Gordon-MIT Engineering Leadership Program. While at Gordon-MIT, she collaborated with the company AMD to create a text-based simulation related to engineering leadership. Prior to her time at MIT, Elizabeth worked at the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. She holds a B.A. in Government from Claremont McKenna College and an Ed.M. in Technology, Innovation, and Education from the Harvard Graduate School of Education.


  • Dan Roy
    Dan Roy Research Scientist

    Dan Roy is a Research Scientist at the Teaching Systems Lab, designing games for teachers to practice teaching. Dan is also the founder of Skylight Games, inspiring a love of learning through play, starting with languages (Lyriko). Before joining TSL, he worked with the Learning Games Network on games to teach language (Xenos) and science (Food Fight, Guts and Bolts) and with MIT’s Education Arcade, helping middle-schoolers build curiosity, intuition, and comfort in math through puzzles (Lure of The Labyrinth). He has an SM in Comparative Media Studies from MIT and a BS in Computer Science from UMass Amherst.

  • Alyssa Napier
    Alyssa Napier Course Developer

    Alyssa Napier graduated from MIT with a B.S. in Chemistry and is now a course developer for the MIT Teaching Systems Lab (TSL) and Scheller Teacher Education Program/Education Arcade Lab. While an undergraduate, she worked with MIT’s Institute Community and Equity Office to develop programming to strengthen the MIT community and bring awareness to issues of race. She also worked with TSL executive director Justin Reich to research whether participants in politically-charged MOOCs engage in deliberative discourse. While working with TSL, she has helped to develop several MOOCs for educators including Launching Innovation in Schools and Design Thinking for Leading and Learning. She also organized the first EdcampCambridge, a participant-driven unconference for educators.

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