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Justin Reich is an educational researcher broadly interested in the future of learning in a networked world. His professional work is motivated by a desire to transform the architecture of education away from centralized, hierarchical models of teaching and towards distributed, networked models of learning. He studies, designs, and advocates for learning systems that shift education from something done to learners to something done with learners, from channels of dissemination to webs of sharing.

Justin is the Executive Director of the Teaching Systems Lab at MIT, where he investigates the complex instructional systems of classrooms of the future and the systems we need to prepare teachers for those classrooms. Previously, he was theRichard L. Menschel HarvardX Research Fellow, where he explored the possibilities and limits of open online learning. He is a Fellow at the Berkman Center for Internet & Society and a lecturer in MIT's Scheller Teacher Education program. He is also the co-founder ofEdTechTeacher, a professional learning consultancy devoted to helping teachers leverage technology to create student-centered, inquiry-based learning environments.He earned his doctorate from Harvard University, where he led the Distributed Collaborative Learning Communities project, a Hewlett Foundation funded initiative to examine how social media are used in K-12 classrooms.

Justin is a co-author of Best Ideas for Teaching with Technology: A Practical Guide for Teachers by Teachers, and his academic work has been published in Science, Communications of the ACM, Educational Researcher, Journal of Learning Analytics, EDUCAUSE Review Online, Social Education, Contemporary Issues in Technology and Teacher Education, and other venues. His opinion writings have been published in the New Yorker, The Atlantic, Educational Leadership, Washington Post, Christian Science Monitor, The Providence Journal, and other publications. He blogs for Education Week at EdTechResearcher. He has a new book, Massive: The Future of Learning at Scale, under contract with Harvard University Press. 

Justin has taught in a wide variety of settings. He was a camp counselor and trip leader at Camp Chewonki, a lifeguard and CPR instructor with the American Red Cross, a search and rescue instructor with the Blue Ridge Mountain Rescue Group, a wilderness medicine instructor with Stonehearth Open Learning Opportunities, and an international expedition leader with World Challenge Expeditions. He taught at the Shackleton school, an expedition-based school, and he taught freshman world history and electives for seniors at the Noble and Greenough School, where he also coached wrestling and co-led the outdoor activities group.

Justin served as Outstanding Educator in Residence for the Academy of Singapore Teachers, a Digital Media and Learning Summer Fellow with the MacArthur Foundation, and an Emerging Leader for the International Society for Technology in Education. He is a member of the Digital Learning Advisory Council for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, and serves on the advisory board of the Chewonki Foundation.

Projects & Tools


CopyrightX is a twelve-week networked course offered under the auspices of Harvard Law School, the HarvardX distance-learning initiative, and the Berkman Klein Center. More


Mar 13, 2012

RB 194: The Wiki 1%

Only 1% of educational wikis succeed in creating the kind of multimedia, collaborative learning environment we have come to associate with open educational resources like PBWikis… More

Mar 2, 2012

RB 192: Wikis, Teaching, and the Digital Divide

Technology has made us all kinds of promises when it comes to transforming the way we learn — not least of which was the promise to break the "digital divide." But there is some… More


Jul 7, 2015 @ 12:00 PM

The Web We Want & The Ed We Want

with Justin Reich

In this talk, Justin Reich will highlight some of the exciting innovations within education that seek to put students and learners in charge of their online lives. More

Jul 1, 2014 @ 12:30 PM

MOOCs and the Science of Learning

with Berkman Fellow, Justin Reich

This talk will examine current trends and future directions in research into online learning in large-scale settings. More

Jan 21, 2014 @ 6:00 PM

The First Year of HarvardX: Research Findings to Inform the Future of Online Learning

with Berkman Fellow Justin Reich and more

Based upon data from 400,000 registrants, the researchers will explore the influence of diverse teaching approaches and instructional platforms, highlight the various learning… More

May 7, 2013 @ 12:30 PM

Personalized Learning, Backpacks Full of Cash, Rockstar Teachers, and MOOC Madness

The Intersection of Technology, Free-Market Ideology, and Media Hype in U.S. Education Reform with Justin Reich, Berkman Center Fellow

Personalization, Backpacks of Cash, Rockstar Teachers, and #MOOC Madness: Free-Market Ideology, Media Hype, & ed reform. This event will be webcast live at 12:30pm ET. More

Mar 20, 2013 @ 7:00 PM

Play Nice!

The Science of Player Behavior in Online Games

Toxic player behavior is one of the biggest problems in online gaming today. In this interactive discussion we will discuss how psychological insights can create greater civility… More

Jan 17, 2012 @ 12:30 PM

Will Free Benefit the Rich? How Free and Open Education Might Widen Digital Divides

Justin Reich, Berkman Center Fellow

The explosion of open education content resources and freely available collaboration and media production platforms represents one of the most exciting emerging trends in… More