Pedagogy, Biology, Mathematics and Physics

The MIT-Haiti Initiative cordially invites you to participate in the next Technology-Enhanced and Open Education workshop, to be held on January 15-17, 2015 in Port-au-Prince, Haiti. This workshop is part of a 5-year project to introduce Haitian faculty 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 to learn 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 3 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 / student learning
  • Create student learning objective for an active learning exercise
  • Plan an active learning exercise
  • Describe formative assessment strategies you will use to measure active learning exercise
  • Conduct a selected portion of your active learning exercises
  • Develop discipline-related community 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 supporting active learning in the classroom.

Day 2: Participants will work in discipline 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 Alemán
Administration Vijay Kumar and Michel DeGraff


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.

The deadline for registration is December 15, 2015 or when all the slots are filled.