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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Group Meeting Workshop: Dr. Dipa Shah

Workshop Title: Practical Implementation Strategies for Active Learning

Group Meeting Date & Time: Monday, November 3rd from 1:30-3:30 pm

Location: Koch Institute, 76-559

This workshop is limited to 25 participants.

Workshop Description: Many well-intentioned instructors experience roadblocks when attempting to implement active learning strategies in the classroom.  In this workshop, participants will discuss common barriers to classroom implementation of active learning and strategies to address them. This workshop is best [Read more...]

Group Meeting: Movie Screening-The Ivory Tower

Movie: The Ivory Tower Date & Time: Thursday, October 16th @ 2 pm Location: Koch Institute, 76-259

We will screen and then discussed this documentary film portraying higher education, from community colleges to elite institutions, and the rising cost of college.

Directed by: Andrew Rossi Duration: 90 minutes

As tuition rates spiral beyond reach and student loan debt passes $1 trillion (more than credit card debt), [Read more...]

RISE Science Education Career Networking Summit

RISE is pleased to announce our second half-day career networking summit on Wednesday, August 6 from 2-4 pm. The focus of this summit is on the variety of career paths in science education, including teaching at the secondary level, lecturing at the college level, directing outreach, and researching the best practices of teaching. We have invited the following science education professionals to discuss their experiences and advice on [Read more...]

Group Meeting Archive: Dr. Ayce Yesilaltay

Dr. Ayce Yesilaltay

Title: Curriculum development efforts for an inquiry-based introductory lab course or can we have it all?

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

View the slides from Dr. Yesilaltay’s Group Meeting

Ayce Yesilaltay is an Instructor for Curriculum Development in the Biology Department at MIT where she develops curriculum for and teaches the MIT course [Read more...]

Group Meeting Archive: Dr. Brian White & Dr. Mary Ellen Wiltrout

Dr. Brian White and Dr. Mary Ellen Wiltrout

Title: 7.00x Introduction to Biology: A Year Post-MOOC Development, Residential Applications at MIT and the University of Massachusetts, Boston

Group Meeting Date & Time: Friday, June 20, 2014 @ 2:00 pm

View the slides from Dr. White’s and Dr. Wiltrout’s Group Meeting

Dr. Brian White is an Associate Professor [Read more...]

Seminar Archive: Professors Karina Meiri & Berri Jacque

Professor Karina Meiri and Professor Berri Jacque

Title: The Great Diseases Partnership: bringing cutting-edge biomedical science to the high school biology classroom

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

View the slides from Professor Meiri and Professor Jacque’s Seminar

Listen to the audio from Professor [Read more...]

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

Watch Dr. Orloff’s and Dr. Bloom’s [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...]