Welcome to the Education Group!

The Education Group is a collaborative of graduate students, postdoctoral associates, research scientists, instructors, faculty, and technologists who have a strong interest in teaching and doing innovative work in science education. The group is largely focused on developing and implementing tools, materials, and resources for University-level and High School-level Biology education. Conceptually analogous to a laboratory research group, the Education Group was first created by HHMI Professor Graham Walker of the MIT Department of Biology in 2002.

We welcome members of the MIT community and other local institutions to join us in Education Group activities, which include a Seminar Series, Group Meetings, a journal club called Education Topics Teatime, various outreach activities, and other events and projects.

The Education Group is supported by the Howard Hughes Medical Institute, which created the Society of HHMI Professors with the specific purpose of encouraging faculty at major research universities to devote more time to teaching undergraduates and developing new tools that engage students and enrich their science learning experience. Professor Graham Walker was among the first twenty HHMI Professors selected in 2002 by the Howard Hughes Medical Institute for their pilot program, and he was chosen again as one of the thirteen members of the HHMI Society of Professors for 2010-2014. The award provides resources for the Education Group to do some exciting work in Biology Education.

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Upcoming Seminar: Professors Karina Meiri & Berri Jacque

Professor Karina Meiri and Professor Berri Jacque

Title: The Great Diseases Partnership: Addressing science and health literacy challenges by teaching cutting-edge biomedical science in the K-12 science classroom

Seminar Date & Time: Thursday, May 1, 2014 @ 1:30 pm

Location: Koch Institute Auditorium, 76-156

Dr. Karina Meiri is Professor of Developmental, Molecular and Chemical Biology and Director [Read more...]

Upcoming Group Meeting: Drs. Mischke, White, & Wiltrout

Drs. Michelle Mischke, Brian White, and Mary Ellen Wiltrout

Group Meeting Date & Time: Thursday, June 19, 2014 @ 2:00 pm

Location: Location: Koch Institute, 76-359

Upcoming Group Meeting: Dr. Ayce Yesilaltay

Dr. Ayce Yesilaltay

Group Meeting Date & Time: Thursday, July 24, 2014 @ 2:00 pm

Location: TBD

Seminar Archive: Dr. Jeremy Orloff & Dr. Jonathan Bloom

Dr. Jeremy Orloff and Dr. Jonathan Bloom

Title: Flipping the Dice: An active-learning, technology-enhanced, up-to-date 18.05 (Introduction to Probability and Statistics)

Seminar Date & Time: Monday, April 7, 2014 @ 1:30 pm

View the slides from Dr. Orloff and Dr. Bloom’s Seminar

Dr. Jeremy Orloff is an instructor in the Math Department and Experimental [Read more...]

Group Meeting Archive: Dr. Daniel Seaton

Dr. Daniel Seaton

Title: Demographics and Learning Behavior in MITx and HarvardX MOOCs

Group Meeting Date & Time: Monday, March 10, 2014 @ 2:00 pm

View the slides from Dr. Seaton’s Group Meeting

Daniel Seaton, Ph.D., recently joined the Office of Institutional Research at MIT as a Data Analyst. During his group meeting, titled “Demographics and Learner Behavior in MITx and HarvardX MOOCs”, Dr. Seaton demonstrated the immense data [Read more...]

Seminar Archive: Dr. Sanjoy Mahajan

Professor Sanjoy Mahajan

Title: Teaching modes of reasoning: Redesigning “The Art of Approximation in Science and Engineering” course around transferable ways of thinking

Seminar Date & Time: Thursday, February 27, 2014 @ 1:30 pm

View the slides from Professor Mahajan’s Seminar

Listen to the audio from Professor Mahajan’s Seminar

Sanjoy Mahajan is Visiting Associate Professor of Electrical Engineering at MIT, and Associate Professor of Applied [Read more...]

Group Meeting Archive: Dr. Paul Lipton & Meredith Knight

Dr. Paul Lipton and Meredith Knight

Title: Bridging the Gap, from Classroom to Bench

Group Meeting Date & Time: Friday, January 24, 2014 @ 2:00 pm

View the slides from Dr. Lipton’s and Meredith Knight’s Group Meeting

Dr. Paul Lipton, the director of Boston University’s Undergraduate Program in Neuroscience and the [Read more...]

Seminar Archive: Professor David Darmofal and Dr. Chad Lieberman

Professor David Darmofal and Dr. Chad Lieberman

Title: Development of an Outcomes-based edX MOOC using LaTeX

Seminar Date & Time: Monday, December 16, 2013 @ 1:30 pm

View the slides from Professor Darmofal’s and Dr. Lieberman’s Seminar

Listen to the audio from Professor Darmofal’s and Dr. Lieberman’s Seminar

In their [Read more...]

Seminar Archive: Professor John Belcher

Professor John Belcher

Title: 8.02x Online and 8.02 TEAL Residential: how each course can be used to improve the other

Seminar Date & Time: Thursday, November 7, 2013 @ 1:30 pm

View the slides from Professor Belcher’s Seminar

Listen to the audio from Professor Belcher’s Seminar

Professor John Belcher of the Physics Department is Associate Chair of the MIT [Read more...]

Teatime Workshop Archive: Bridget Molloy

Bridget Molloy

Title: Cultivating Awareness of Climate Change and Student Leadership through Project-Based Learning in the High School Science Classroom

Teatime Date & Time: Monday, July 29, 2013 @ 2:00 pm

Location: Koch Institute, 76-559

Bridget Molloy is a 2013 graduate from Boston University’s Masters of Art in Teaching program for Science Education. During the program she completed her teaching practicum at Quincy High School in Biology, [Read more...]