Inspired by ideas from aerospace engineering, Fly-by-Wire (FbW) is a blended learning technology for teachers to provide scalable, differentiated instruction.

Towards Scalable Differentiated Instruction was awarded a 2015 Department of Education FIPSE First in the World Development Grant to develop the proposed FbW technology. The First in the World program aims to address challenges in postsecondary education for students who are at risk for not persisting in and completing postsecondary programs.

The project proposes the FbW technological intervention, to be developed in conjunction with and implemented at Quinsigamond Community College in Massachusetts and Arapahoe Community College in Colorado, urban-metro area schools serving a majority of high-need, at-risk students.

Arapahoe community college

Arapahoe Community College serves over 10,000 students, of which over 60% of students juggle earning a degree and working a job.

Quinsigamond community college

Quinsigamond Community College serves an urban-metro student population, with 44% of its students coming from a high-need, at-risk background.

This project is led by MIT Professor Karen E. Willcox and Associate Dean of MIT ODL Vijay Kumar in partnership with edX and Colorado and Massachusetts community colleges. The Department of Education Program Manager is Dr. Frank Frankfort.

A nation-wide, collaborative effort from MIT, Arapahoe Community College, Quinsigamond Community College, edX, and BbK. See our team.