Lori Breslow is an internationally recognized expert in teaching and learning in higher education. Her work focuses on pedagogical, curricular, and digital innovations and how they strengthen student learning. She founded the Teaching & Learning Laboratory (TLL) at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1997 and served as its director until 2015.
As TLL’s director, she designed, implemented, or supervised over 80 studies at MIT on educational change and advancement. She led a collaboration between TLL researchers and researchers at the Harvard Graduate School of Education that produced some of the earliest findings on Massive Open Online Course (MOOCs). That research was presented, for example, at the [US] President’s Council of Advisors in Science and Technology, the American Education Research Association, and the New American Foundation. As well, it was reported on by The Wall Street Journal, the Chronicle of Higher Education, and Inside Higher Education. Her other research efforts involve how students’ online behaviors and interactions can result in better learning outcomes, the strength of active learning pedagogies, and a current study of MIT Sloan’s MicroMasters in Finance, including employer attitudes towards the MicroMasters credential. Her research has been funded by the National Science Foundation, the CMI-Institute, and the Spencer and Davis foundations.
Her articles have been published in Educational Researcher, Computers & Education, the Journal of Science and Technology, and the European Journal of Education, among others. She has edited or contributed book chapters to Strengthening teaching and learning in research universities: Strategies and initiatives for institutional change; Learning analytics in higher education: Current innovations, future potential, and practical applications; Emerging models of learning and teaching in higher education: From books to MOOCs; and The reflective spin: Case studies of teachers in higher education transforming action.
She has contributed to a number of efforts to improve teaching and learning globally, particularly in the STEM disciplines. She served as the co-director of the Teaching for Learning Network, a collaboration between MIT and Cambridge, and consulted on MIT’s partnerships to create Masdar University in Abu Dhabi and the Singapore University of Technology and Design. An approach to curriculum design she developed, called strategic teaching, was the foundation of a national initiative in South Africa. Besides speaking at a number of U.S. and international universities, she has presented at the Organization of Economic Cooperation and Development, the Times Higher Education Summit, the U.K.’s Royal Academy of Engineering, the Global Human Resources Forum in Seoul, and the New York Times-organized Schools for Tomorrow Symposium.
Dr. Breslow is a Senior Lecturer at the MIT Sloan School of Management. She also teaches in TLL’s teaching certificate program, which has educated over 2500 MIT Ph.D. students and postdoctoral associates in university-level teaching and learning.