MIT-Haiti Workshops on Technology-Enhanced and Open Education
Université d’État d’Haïti, Campus Henry Christophe Limonade
Monday–Thursday, June 13–16, 2016

MIT-Haiti/CHCL Workshop on Technology-Enhanced and Open Education Université d’État d’Haïti, Campus Henry Christophe de Limonade (CHCL)
Monday–Thursday, June 13–16, 2016
Organizers: Audalbert BIEN-AIMÉ (Université d’État d’Haïti, Campus Henry Christophe) Michel DeGRAFF (MIT-Haiti Initiative, Massachusetts Institute of Technology)
Date of Memo: May 28, 2016
Dear colleagues,
The Inisyativ MIT-Ayiti / MIT-Haiti Initiative and the State University of Haiti at the Campus Henri Christophe de Limonade ( UEH) ( Université d’État d’Haïti (UEH)) cordially invite you to submit an application for participation in the next Technology-Enhanced and Open Education workshop, to be held on June 13-16, 2016, at the Campus Henry Christophe, Limonade Haiti.
This forthcoming workshop is part of a 5-year project, funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF), and with additional funding from the Campus Henri Christophe de Limonade ( UEH) and from the Ambassade des États-Unis, Port-au-Prince (Haïti). The goal is to develop and disseminate open-resource materials for active-learning techniques toward improving the teaching and learning STEM in classrooms in Haiti. This workshop on June 13-16 is the seventh MIT-Haiti workshop on STEM since the Initiative began in October 2010. The goal is to continue exploring current research and practice on learning and pedagogies related to active learning in Kreyòl. Actively engaging students with materials in their native language has been shown to increase students’ motivation to learn and to improve their learning outcomes. This workshop will have 4 discipline tracks: mathematics, physics, biology and chemistry. A second goal of this workshop is to develop discipline-related communities of practice that support use of active learning in Kreyòl in the classroom.
The June 13–16 workshop will introduce several new activities that will distinguish it from the workshops already held in 2012-2015: Participants will deepen their practice of the fundamentals of active learning. They will be acquire a stronger basis for preparing lesson plans in Kreyòl, including learning objectives alongside exercises and evaluation instruments that match these objectives. In the first three days, there will be an increase emphasis on application of active-learning principles through practical activities, according to the classroom needs of participants. We will co-create activities and materials in Kreyòl for participants’ immediate use in their own classrooms, according to information that they will share with us, in advance of the workshop, about the contents of their course. In the fourth day, we will work on understanding how to motivate students, and discuss challenges to implementing active learning in the classroom. The focus of the afternoon session will be on creating effective syllabi and effective classroom presentations.
Another significant addition to our workshop series is that this will be the first workshop to offer sessions on active learning in chemistry. The chemistry session will focus on creating examples that actively engage the students and relate basic chemical principles to cutting edge research and applications in human health.
By the end of the workshop, the participants will be able to:
  • Describe evidence-based pedagogies that promote student learning
  • Create student learning objectives for an active learning exercise
  • Plan an active-learning exercise
  • Specify appropriate formative and summative assessment strategies for an active learning exercise
Workshop Structure:
Day 1: An introduction to the theory and practice of active-learning pedagogy
Day 2: In discipline groups (mathematics, physics, biology and chemistry), participants will explore the application of a theoretical framework for active learning, and develop lesson plans, including student-learning objectives and active-learning exercises.
Day 3: Participants will be introduced to formative and summative assessment and will plan assessments to accompany their activity. Participants will present their active-learning exercises to their groups.
Day 4: In the morning, participants will work on understanding how to motivate students, and discuss challenges to implementing active learning in the classroom. The focus of the afternoon session will be on creating an effective syllabus and visualizations for the classroom.
Requirements for enrollment:
  • This workshop will have four discipline tracks: mathematics, physics, biology, and chemistry.
  • This is a hands-on workshop. Participants will be developing their own curricular materials in Kreyòl, for immediate use in their classrooms.
  • Please come with subject matter (such as a syllabus or course description) that you would like to enrich with active-learning strategies.
  • Please bring a laptop for adequate participation in active-learning collaborative practice. ·
  • Workshop participants must already be teaching at university or highschool and they must already have a University Degree in a field related to one of these subjects (mathematics, physics, biology or chemistry). This is a key requirement since the workshops are designed to introduce and explore active-learning pedagogy, and not content, in the represented subject areas. As a result, it is important that participants be already fluent with one of these disciplines.
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The MIT-Haiti and CHCL teams thank you for your interest in our Initiative. And we hope there will be many more opportunities for us to work together to help improve education in Haiti and beyond.