Group Meetings

Members of the MIT Community and other local institutions are invited to share their education-related work and research in open group meetings that are structured similarly to laboratory group meetings. These meetings are a terrific opportunity for participants to share information about their science education initiatives and receive helpful feedback from peers.

We welcome involvement of graduate students, postdocs, instructors, faculty, and other members of the community interested in science education innovation.

Information and materials from past Group Meetings are available in our Group Meetings Archive.


Workshop Title: Practical Implementation Strategies for Active Learning

Group Meeting Date & Time: Monday, November 3rd @ 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 suited for those that are familiar with active learning strategies and either currently use active learning strategies in their teaching or wish to implement active learning in future teaching.

Presenter’s Biography: Dr. Dipa Shah is the Associate Director for Teaching and Learning within MIT’s Teaching and Learning Lab. Her primary roles include teaching in the TLL Teaching Certificate Program, facilitating workshops on teaching and learning, and working with teachers on MIT’s campus – from teaching assistants to faculty – to improve their pedagogy. She is interested in how to best design instructional materials for different learning contexts (K12, higher ed, formal, informal, open). The focus her education work has been to develop print-based and video-based instructional materials for both formal K12 and higher ed contexts and informal K12 contexts using research-based principles. She is also interested in the development of processes and technological tools to facilitate curriculum design and redesign at the class or program levels.


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

As tuition rates spiral beyond reach and student loan debt passes $1 trillion (more than credit card debt), IVORY TOWER asks: Is college worth the cost? From the halls of Harvard, to public colleges in financial crisis, to Silicon Valley, filmmaker Andrew Rossi (PAGE ONE: INSIDE THE NEW YORK TIMES) assembles an urgent portrait of a great American institution at the breaking point.


Are you interested in presenting your education-related work at an upcoming Education Group Meeting? If so, please contact us.