Technology, Innovation, and Education

TIE Program Description

From social networking sites to smartphone software, in major media companies and start-ups, and throughout K–12, university, and informal learning environments, graduates of the Technology, Innovation, and Education Program (TIE) are exercising creativity and providing leadership.  Studying in TIE will prepare you to excel in designing media content, developing entrepreneurial innovations in educational practice and policy, and evaluating technology’s impact on learning and development.

The TIE edge comes from our commitment to tailoring your course of study to your individual goals while at the same time providing you with a broad perspective, an overview that positions you to be a leader in educational technology.  A faculty advisor will work with you to identify the optimal mix of courses and other learning experiences that equip you for the career you want to pursue.  The mix will include study in all three domains that are essential for success in a career at the highest level:

  • Creative design:  understanding how games and mobile apps, networks, digital video and television, multiuser virtual environments, and a learner-centered design process enhance learning
  • Leadership in implementation:  exploring the potential of media and technology to transform educational policy and practice.
  • Research and evaluation:  formulating rigorous, practical ways to assess the appeal and effectiveness of media and technology products.

Our faculty combines internationally recognized researchers with industry-leading professionals.

Our courses put learning and teaching at the center, with technology as the means, not the mission.

We join in a diverse community of learners with students of all ages, from all parts of the globe, with varied professional backgrounds and experience in technology.

Our students take advantage of the incredible range of learning opportunities throughout HGSE, Harvard, and MIT, and many also choose to acquire practical experience through a TIE internship in a research project, educational technology firm, or media production company.

Recent TIE graduates serve in such positions as:

  • Product manager, online education company, Austin
  • Technology integration coordinator, New Delhi
  • Instructional designer, online training company, Santa Barbara, CA
  • Producer, games and interactive media, Boston
  • Exhibit developer, science museum, Ithaca, NY
  • Manager, animation development, children’s television network, Los Angeles
  • Founder and CEO, educational start-up, Seoul
  • Software engineer, global computer company, Redmond, WA
  • Medical simulation director, teaching hospital, New York City
  •  TIE brings together the expertise and the resources to offer you this deep and ambitious learning experience:

Connecting theory and practice is a fundamental feature of study in TIE.  For example, our Informal Learning for Children course brings to Appian Way researchers, creatives, and executives from Sesame Workshop – the organization behind Sesame Street – and leads to internships and research opportunities for TIE students. Students also have the chance to work on cutting-edge research projects led by TIE faculty, including multi-user virtual environments and user-designed programs and apps that connect classrooms with students’ life outside school.

What do graduates of this program do?

 TIE graduates are pursuing meaningful and rewarding careers in virtually every area where technology supports learning, such as designing educational apps, creating public and commercial media programs, leading entrepreneurial startups, developing museum exhibits, teaching and administration from preschools to graduate schools, and conducting research and evaluation on new projects and products.

You can meet TIE alums, learn more about our faculty and curriculum, and find degree requirements on the various pages of this website.