Center for Educational Computing Initiatives

CECI Headquarters - Building 9

The Center for Educational Computing Initiatives (CECI) was created in March 1991 to advance the state-of-the-art in the use of computation and communication technologies in education. Towards this end, CECI undertakes research and development in the application of computing and communication technologies that improve the effectiveness of learning and teaching.

CECI undertakes sponsored research that:

  • Explores new technologies that might be useful in education;
  • Creates new educational software applications; and,
  • Studies the effectiveness of educational knowledge in meeting the goals of students and teachers.

-About CECI

-Mission Statement

    The Center for Educational Computing Initiatives (CECI) is a research center that focuses on advanced technologies emerging for educational uses and evaluates their effectiveness. It was created to advance the state-of-the-art and practical use of computation and communication technologies for learning and teaching. A key part of CECI's mission is to collaborate with other groups to create new educational products and services.

-Contacting Us

    Kirky DeLong
    Phone: (617) 253-8651
    Fax: (617) 253-8632

    Mailing Address:
    Center for Educational Computing Initiatives
    Massachusetts Institute of Technology
    77 Massachusetts Avenue, Building E34-300
    Cambridge, MA 02139-4307

    Delivery Address:
    Center for Educational Computing Initiatives
    Massachusetts Institute of Technology
    42-44 Carleton Street, E34-300
    Cambridge, MA 02139-4307


    CECI is located at 42-44 Carleton Street, on the 3rd floor of building E34 - near the Kendall T stop.

    For general information on getting around MIT and parking information, see the interactive MIT Campus Map. For general directions on getting to Cambridge and MIT's campus click here.

    If you have an appointment at CECI and need parking information, please contact us at least three day in advance to arrange visitor parking.

-Visitor Policy

-Related Papers, Articles and Theses
  • Lerman, Steven. Beyond the Anecdotes. OpenCourseWare Update. The MIT Faculty Newsletter, Vol. XVI No. 5, April-May 2004, page 22.
  • Li-wei Lehman and Steven Lerman. PALM: Predicting Internet Network Distances Using Peer-to-Peer Measurements. Paper submitted 2004.
  • Ralph R. Rabbat and Steven Lerman. Multi-Agent System Agreement on Ranking Educational Media Based on Learning Style. Paper submitted 2004. style='mso-spacerun:yes'>  Supported in part by the Singapore MIT Alliance.
  • Ralph R. Rabbat and Steven Lerman. A Bayesian Knowledge Based System for Assessment of Learning Styles. Paper submitted 2004. Supported in part by the Singapore MIT Alliance.
  • Yehudit Judy Dori, John Belcher, Mark Bessette, Michael Danziger, Andrew McKinney, Erin Hult. Technology for Active Learning. Materials Today, December 2003 Elsevier.
  • Miri Barak and Sheizaf Rafaeli. On-line question-posing and peer assessment as means for web-based knowledge sharing in learning. International Journal of Human-Computer Studies. Elsevier 61 (2004) pgs. 84-103
  • Miri Barak, Judson Harward, and Steven Lerman.The Effect of Studio-based instruction on Undergraduates’ Learning Outcomes and Conceptual Understanding. Submitted to: Journal of Research in Science Teaching, July 2004.
  • Miri Barak, Alberta Lipson and Steven Lerman. Wireless Laptops and Active Learning: Developing a Sustainable Curriculum for a Java Programming Course. International Journal of Human-Computer Studies. Elsevier 2004.
  • Miri Barak and Yehudit Judy Dori. Enhancing Undergraduate Students’ Chemistry Understanding through Project-based Learning in an IT Environment. Science Education 2004.
  • Sheizaf Rafaeli, Miri Barak, Yuval Dan-Gur, and Eran Toch. QSIA – A Web-based Environment for learning, assessing and knowledge sharing in communities. Computers and Education 43 (2004) pgs. 273-289.
  • Yehudit J. Dori, Irit Sasson, Zvia Kaberman, and Orit Herscovitz. Integrating Case-based Computerized Laboratories into High School Chemistry. The Chemical Educator 2004 pgs. 4-8
  • Miri Barak. Transition from Traditional to ICT-Enhanced Learning Environments in Undergraduate Chemistry Courses. Computers & class=GramE>Education, May 2004.
  • Miri Barak, Judson Harward, and Steve Lerman. Wireless Laptop Computers as Means for Facilitating Studio-based Learning in Higher Education.” Paper presented at E-Learn Conference, Washington, D.C., November 2004.
  • Sheizaf Rafaeli, Yuval Dan-Gur, Miri Barak. Social Recommender Systems: Recommendations in Support of E-Learning.   Journal of Distance Education Technologies, 3(2), 29-45, April-June 2005 29.
  • Jedidiah Northridge. A Federated Time Distribution System for Online Laboratories. Master of Science Thesis, Civil and Environmental Engineering Department, MIT
  • Karim Y. Yehia. The Lab Service Broker: a Software Infrastructure Providing Common Services in Support of Internet Accessible Laboratories. B.Eng. Mechanical Engineering Thesis, AmericanUniversity of Beirut, 2002.
  • Ralph R. Rabbat. Technology Enabled Science Teaching. B. Eng. In Computer and Communication Engineering, American University of Beirut 2000.
  • Shaomin Wang. Annotation Persistence over Dynamic Documents. Ph.D. Civil and Environmental Engineering Department, MIT 2005.
  • John Belcher, Professor of Physics: KEEP Toolkit Case Studies: Transferring knowledge and experience in innovative educational transformation.
  • Article on the Carnegie Foundation Website
  • John W. Belcher and Stanislaw Olbert. “Field line motion in classical electromagnetism.”American Journal of Physics, March 2003, American Association of Physics Teachers.
  • Andreas Sundquist. “Dynamic Line Integral Convolution for Visualizing Streamline Evolution.” Published by the IEEE Computer Society, 2003.
  • Yehudit Judy Dori and John Belcher. “How Does Technology-Enabled Active Learning Affect Undergraduate Students’ Understanding of Electromagnetism ?” The Journal of the Learning Sciences, 14(2), 2004.
  • John W. Belcher. “Studio Physics at MIT”. MIT Physics Annual 2001.
  • Li-wei Lehman and Steven R. Lerman. “A Decentralized Network Coordinate System for Robust Internet Distance Prediction“. to appear in Proceedings of the Third International Conference on Information Technology: Next Generation, IEEE Computer Society, Las Vegas, April 10-12, 2006. The proceedings will be published by the IEEE Computer Society. 2006.