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Executive Director

Justin Reich headshot

Justin Reich

Executive Director of Teaching Systems Lab
Assistant Professor of Comparative Media Studies/Writing

Office: NE49-2028, email: jreich@mit.edu

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.

Principal Investigators

Eric Klopfer

Eric Klopfer

Professor of Comparative Media Studies/Writing
Director of the MIT Scheller Teacher Education Program

Office: E15-301, email: klopfer@mit.edu

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

Associate Dean of Digital Learning; Executive Director, Abdul Latif Jameel World Education Laboratory

Office: NE49-2182, email: vkumar@mit.edu

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 MIT-Tata Connected Learning Initiative (CLIx) to advance educational quality and access in underserved Indian schools; the MIT-Woodrow Wilson partnership for challenge-based teacher preparation; the MIT-Haiti initiative for strengthening STEM education; and “Fly-By-Wire,” a US Department of Education project directed towards assisting teachers in addressing, at scale, the learning needs of differently prepared students. 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.

 

Staff

Elizabeth Huttner-Loan

EdTechX Course Manager

Office: E315-309, email: huttner@mit.edu

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.

Yoon Jeon Kim

Yoon Jeon Kim

Research Scientist

Office: NE49-2027D, email: yjk7@mit.edu

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.

Kevin Robinson

Kevin Robinson

Product Owner Educational Initiatives and Teaching

Office: NE49-2027G, email: krob@mit.edu

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.

Dan Roy

Dan Roy

Research Scientist

Office: NE49-2027H, email: danroy@mit.edu

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.

Meredith Thompson

Research Scientist

Office: NE49-2027F, email: meredith@mit.edu

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 (http://xcitesci.blogspot.com). Meredith and twin sister Chris (www.cmthompson.com) codeveloped Soundscience Fun!, an interactive presentation on the physics of musical instruments that has been featured on the PBS television show “Curious George”.

Raha Moussavi

Learning Desinger

Office: NE49-2000, email: moussavi@mit.edu

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

Learning Designer

Office: NE49-2000, email: pkir@mit.edu

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.

WW AcademyProject Collaborators

Jonathan Haber

Jonathan Haber

Director of Learner Assessment

Office: NE49-2031C; email: haber@woodrow.org

As Director of Learning Assessment, Jonathan works with a team from the Woodrow Wilson Foundation to create assessments for a competency-based graduate program in teacher-training. The Teaching and Learning Lab will also serve as a laboratory for new and best practices in teacher education.

Deb Hirsch

Deborah Hirsch

Executive Director, WW Academy of Teaching and Learning

Office: NE49-2017; email: hirsch@woodrow.org

Dr. Deborah Hirsch most recently served in several senior leadership positions at Mount Ida College,  The Boston Higher Education Partnership and The New England Resource Center for Higher Education at the University of Massachusetts Boston.  She was appointed by the Governor of Massachusetts to serve on the Public Education Nominating Council and has served as a visiting team member for the New England Association for Schools and Colleges and the Massachusetts Board of Higher Education.  Dr. Hirsch has been an adjunct faculty member at Boston College, the University of Massachusetts at Boston and at Mount Ida College.

Rupal Jain

Rupal Jain

Project Manager

Office: NE49-2031D; email: jain@woodrow.org

Rupal is the Project Manager of the Woodrow Wilson Academy of Teaching and Learning. She most recently completed her Ed.M. in Technology, Innovation, & Education from the Harvard Graduate School of Education. While completing her program she worked as a graduate research assistant with the MIT Medial Lab’s Lifelong Kindergarten group on their Family Creative Learning project. Previously, Rupal spent nine years as an award-winning educator, curriculum designer, and educator preparation specialist, both domestically and abroad. Rupal additionally holds a BS and MA in Education from the University of Connecticut.

 

Research Collaborators

Learning at Scale (Computational Measures of Engagement Across Difference & Framing MOOCs for Student Success)

Dustin Tingley

Dustin Tingley

Dustin Tingley is Professor of Government in the Government Department at Harvard University and the Faculty director for the Vice Provost for Advances in Learning Research Group.  His research interests include international relations, international political economy, experimental approaches to political science, and statistical methodology.

Brandon Stewart

Brandon Stewart

Brandon is an Assistant Professor of Sociology at Princeton University where he is also affiliated with the Politics Department, the Office of Population Research and the Center for the Digital Humanities. He develops new quantitative statistical methods for applications across computational social science.

 

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. I completed my undergraduate degree in Psychology at the University of Toronto and in 2014, I completed a PhD and an MBA in Behavioral Science at the University of Chicago Booth School of Business.