MIT-Haiti Workshops on Technology-Enhanced and Open Education
Port-au-Prince, Haiti, January 15-17, 2015
Organizers: Haiti’s Ministry of National Education and Professional Training (MENFP) and MIT-Haiti Initiative
Coordinators: Michel DeGraff and Vijay Kumar (MIT) and Paul Mentor (MENFP/MIT-Haiti Bureau)

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The MIT-Haiti Initiative and Haiti’s Ministry of National Education and Professional Training (MENFP) are hosting the fifth Technology-Enhanced and Open Education workshop, on January 15-17, 2015 in Port-au-Prince, Haiti. This workshop is part of a 5-year project to introduce Haitian faculty (university and high-school professors) to the benefits of using active learning pedagogy, technology and Kreyòl in their classrooms.

The goal of this three-day Workshop is to explore the current views of learning and those pedagogies related to “active learning”. Actively engaging students with the material has been shown to increase students’ motivation and improve their learning outcomes. This introductory workshop will provide participants with a good pedagogical basis for creating lesson objectives that utilize active learning resources and Kreyol. This workshop will have three discipline tracks: mathematics, physics and biology. In addition, there will be a separate track for education administrators.

Specifically, by the end of the workshop, the participants will be able to:

  • Describe best practices for teaching and for student learning
  • Create student learning objectives for an active learning exercise
  • Plan an active learning exercise
  • Describe the formative assessment strategies you will use to measure your active learning exercise
  • Conduct a selected portion of your active learning exercise
  • Develop discipline-related communities of practice to support use of active learning in Kreyol in the classroom
  • Articulate sources of administrative support for use of active learning in Kreyol in the curriculum

Workshop Structure:
Day 1: An introduction to active learning pedagogy and panel discussions with Haitian colleagues around educational change and the support of active learning in Kreyol in the classroom.
Day 2: Participants will work in discipline-based groups (mathematics, physics and biology) to develop their learning objective and active learning exercise. There will be a separate track for educational administrators.
Day 3: Participants will present their active learning exercises to their groups. A closing session will discuss the importance of community building and planning.

Workshop instructors:

Pedagogy: Glenda Stump
Mathematics: Haynes Miller and Jeremy Orloff
Physics: Paul Belony
Biology: Lourdes Aleman and Ruthly François
For administrators: Michel DeGraff and Vijay Kumar

This workshop will have 3 discipline tracks: mathematics, physics and biology. Workshop participants must already have a University Degree in a related field. This is a key requirement since the workshops are design for the introduction and exploration of educational pedagogy, and not content. So it’s important that participants be already fluent with the corresponding disciplines.

Registration is closed:
The deadline for registration was Friday, December 31, 2015. All slots are now filled.