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Digital Learning: Improving Access to Learning and Holistic Educational Outcomes

Sanjay Sarma, Jonathan Haber, Justin Reich. Moderated by Scot Osterweil (MIT)
Tuesday, September 23, 2014 (4:30PM-6PM)
Venue: Building 4, Room 231, MIT
Open to General Public

Jonathan Haber

Educational researcher, writer, recovering entrepreneur, and chief learner at Degree of Freedom

Jonathan Haber is a writer/researcher (and recovering entrepreneur) who has worked in the fields of professional assessment, employment, curriculum development and educational technology.  His Degree of Freedom project (degreeoffreedom.org) chronicled his attempt to learn everything you would get from being enrolled in a four-year, liberal arts degree program in just 12 months using only MOOC’s and other free educational resources.  He is currently completing a book on MOOC’s for MIT Press.

Justin Reich

Richard L. Menschel HarvardX Research Fellow, Harvard University

Justin Reich is an educational researcher interested in the future of learning in a networked world. He is the Richard L. Menschel HarvardX Research Fellow, a Fellow at the Berkman Center for Internet and Society, and a lecturer in the MIT Scheller Teacher Education Program. He is also the co-founder and co-director of EdTechTeacher, which works with teachers, schools, and districts to leverage new technologies to improve student learning.

Sanjay Sarma

Director of Digital Learning at MIT

Sanjay Sarma is the Fred Fort Flowers and Daniel Fort Flowers professor of mechanical engineering and newly appointed Director of Digital Learning at MIT. Sarma was one of the founders of the Auto-ID Center at MIT, which, along with a number of partner companies and its “spin-off,” EPCglobal, developed the technical concepts and standards of modern RFID. He also chaired the Auto-ID Research Council consisting of six labs worldwide, which he helped to establish. Today, the suite of standards developed by the Auto-ID Center, commonly referred to as the EPC, are utilized by over a thousand companies on five continents. Between 2004 and 2006, Sarma took a leave of absence from MIT to found the software company OATSystems, which was acquired by Checkpoint Systems in 2008. He is a consultant and board member at several companies, including EPC Global, and also serves as a permanent guest of the board of GS1 and a member of the board of governors of GS1US. Sarma also serves on the City of Boston’s Complete Streets Advisory Group.

Scot Osterweil is the Creative Director of the Education Arcade and a research director in the MIT Comparative Media Studies/Writing Program. He is a designer of award-winning educational games, working in both academic and commercial environments, and his work has focused on what is authentically playful in challenging academic subjects.  He has designed games for computers, handheld devices, and multi-player on-line environments. He is the creator of the acclaimed Zoombinisseries of math and logic games, and leads a number of projects in the Education Arcade, including the MIT/Smithsonian curated game, Vanished (environmental science), Labyrinth (math), Kids Survey Network (data and statistics), Caduceus(medical science), iCue (history and civics) and the Hewlett Foundation’s Open Language Learning Initiative (ESL).  He is a founding member of the Learning Games Network