The ML Learning Initiative is built around a cohort of Learning Fellows from across the diverse research groups of the Media Lab.
Meet our current cohort of 2018-19 Learning Fellows [link]
The ML Learning Fellows Program began in 2016. Since then, the ML Learning Initiative team has supported three cohorts of Learning Fellows, building a community of graduate student researchers at the Media Lab who are developing new technologies to cultivate creative learning in a variety of contexts. In addition to funding, the ML Learning Initiative team provides the students with additional mentorship, connections, and support for their research.
Our Learning Fellows are supported in two ways, through the LEGO Papert Fellowship and the Learning Innovation Fellowship.
- LEGO Papert Fellowship: The LEGO Foundation, a long-time member of the Media Lab, has endowed this fellowship program to honor the legacy of educational-technology pioneer Seymour Papert, a founding Media Lab faculty member. Each year, the LEGO Papert Fellowship will fund the work of three graduate students who are working at the intersection of creativity, play, learning, and new technologies.
- Learning Innovation Fellowship: With a focus on creative learning environments and tools, early-childhood learning, life success skills, other learning mindsets, and adult learning, the Learning Innovation Fellowship supports research that brings opportunities for creative learning to more people.