I design, research, build and transform learning environments and ecosystems. I have spent much of my career at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, studying and designing game-based environments and game-based assessments. I later went on to earn my PhD from the MIT Media Lab, in the Education Arcade research group, expanding on my work in reengineering learning environments for competency-based, personalized, self-directed learning.

I am currently the Innovation Fellow at WISE, where I am leading the development of a global Innovation Hub that supports a network of leading-edge schools to engineer their way into the future of learning—where competencies, personalized learning and learner agency are at the center of these environments.

Previously, I served as the Chief Learning Officer for Lumiar Education, overseeing the design and implementation of new technologies and tools to scale this innovative pedagogy and network of learning environments around the world as an example of what a globally designed modern education system could look like. And before that served as the VP of Learning and Program Development at Learning Games Network. I also previously co-founded of the international NGO, Center for Curriculum Redesign, and had the honor to be a US-UK Fulbright Scholar at Futurelab in Bristol, UK—where I continued my work on system innovation as the technology subject-matter expert on the OECD Innovative Learning Environments project.

I am a former K-12 educator, teaching both elementary instructional support and middle school gifted education. For my innovative use of technology to support learning, I was was named one of 12 Microsoft Innovative Teacher Leaders in 2005.

In 2017-18, I was named one of the Top 100 Influencers in Ed Tech by Ed Tech Digest. I am the author of numerous frameworks on innovation in education systems, transformation and design over educational reform—including the i5 framework and the ‘whole-mindedness’ pedagogical approach. 

If you’re interested in collaborating on reengineering our education systems to help learners thrive globally, please say hello.

~ Jennifer S. Groff, PhD