Massachusetts Institute of Technology Design Researcher for Teacher Education in Cambridge, Massachusetts

Design Researcher for Teacher Education

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Educational Technology

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Office of Digital Learning

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Office of Provost

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Working at MIT offers opportunities, an environment, a culture – and benefits – that just aren’t found together anywhere else. If you’re curious, motivated, want to be part of a unique community, and help shape the future – then take a look at this opportunity.

DESIGN RESEARCHER FOR TEACHER EDUCATION, Office of Digital Learning (ODL)-Teaching Systems Lab, to join an interdisciplinary team of learning designers and teacher educators to lead and implement design-based research projects, collaborating closely with the Woodrow Wilson Academy (WWA) of Teaching and Learning. TSL in partnership with the WWA is creating a new teacher education program. This presents a rare opportunity to bring creative and innovative ways to reimagine what and how teachers learn. Will create prototypes for practice spaces--playful and game-like learning experiences that allow teachers to enact the skills required to solve authentic problems of teaching and learning--and inform the design team’s work with in-depth literature reviews of best practices in teacher education. Responsibilities include leading and managing design-based research projects, working closely with a game designer, MIT undergraduates, and WWA teacher candidates and faculty; collaborating with the curriculum development team to iteratively develop practice spaces and research them in the context of the program and other teacher education programs; researching and synthesizing innovations in teacher education and informing/educating the design team; publishing journal articles; and presenting at national conferences.

Job Requirements

REQUIRED: Ph.D./Ed.D. in learning sciences, curriculum and instruction, cognitive science, or STEM education fields; experience working with K-12 students and teacher educators, from both formal and informal learning environments; awareness of the affordances of different approaches to learning, including nontraditional; vision of how learning and teaching can be improved; experience conducting and leading design-based research; and a proven record of leading and managing a project with interdisciplinary teams and of scholarly work and academic publication. Design-based education research experience in the context of teacher education and game-based learning preferred. Job#16174For additional information about the position, please contact YJ Kim at is a temporary, one-year position renewable on an annual basis.6/18/18

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