The MIT Learning Engineering and Practice Group (LEAP Group), led by Dr. John Liu, applies design and systems principles to solving challenges in learning and develops learning experiences to better meet the increasing demand for STEM skills in tomorrow’s workforce. Our research-to-practice approach includes the focus areas of mixed reality, simulations and haptics, educational technology, MOOC and blended learning, and curriculum development to enhance and scale engineering education and training. We are a group in MIT’s Mechanical Engineering Department.

Recent News

Dr. John Liu and Dr. Svetlana Boriskina have been awarded have been awarded an MITx Modules Grant: Fiber and Textile Engineering.

Times Higher Education covered Dr. John Liu and three other university leaders on driving teaching innovation in universities.

Welcome Satvik Sabarad and Ben Thomson to the group!

Get Involved

2022 summer update: This year I am looking for up to four postdocs in STEM education and workforce (several in manufacturing and one in mechanics), two instructional designers and/or learning engineers, and a program manager. Contact me (Dr. John Liu) with a statement of interest and your CV.

We’re looking for students, postdocs, and instructors who care deeply about learning and are passionate about technology! We have a wide variety of opportunities in our current projects centered on learning enabled by AR/VR, haptics and visualization, learner crowdsourcing, educational tools in MOOC platforms, and data analytics.