Academic Staff

Saif Rayyan

Saif Rayyan

Name: Saif Rayyan

Title(s): Lecturer

Email: srayyan@MIT.EDU

Phone: (617) 324-6169


Massachusetts Institute of Technology
77 Massachusetts Avenue, Bldg. 8-310
Cambridge, MA 02139


Area of Physics:

Physics Education Research, Theoretical Particle Physics

Research Interests

Saif Rayyan’s Primary research interests are in physics education research, online learning methodology, and evaluating the best practices in Physics Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs).

Some of Saif’s recent work:

  • The development and evaluation of a problem solving centered pedagogy (Modeling applied to Problem Solving- MAPS). Saif Showed that MAPS resulted in improvement of students performance in subsequent courses.
  • Development of introductory physics MOOCs including 8.01x, 8.02x and 8.MReV.
  • Analyzing Click stream data from online systems, and use the results to evaluate practices in creating online content. Examples include looking at student usage of e-text in a variety of content delivery methods.
  • Analysis of student problem performance in online platforms, including MOOCs, to provide a better skill profile.

Biographical Sketch

Saif Rayyan received his B.Sc. in Electrical Engineering from the University of Jordan in 1999. Then he attended Virginia Tech when he earned a Masters Degree followed by a PhD in Theoretical Particle Physics in 2007. Saif then joined the department of physics at Beloit College as a Teaching Fellow, where he started to focus more on physics teaching pedagogy and education research. In 2009, Saif started working with Prof. David Pritchard at MIT as a postdoctoral associate in physics education research. In 2012, Saif started working within the Physics Department on the development and research of MOOCs, as well as online modules for use in the TEAL classroom. Saif has managed the creation of several Physics Department MOOCs, including 8.01x, 8.02x and 8.MReV.

Selected Publications

  • “From Flipped to Open Instruction: The Mechanics Online Course”
    Colin Fredericks, Saif Rayyan, Raluca Teodorescu, Trevor Balint, Daniel Seaton, and David E. Pritchard. Learning International Network Consortium (LINC) Annual Symposium and Workshop 2013 Proceedings.
  • “The Impact of Course Structure on eText Use in Large-Lecture Introductory-Physics Courses”
    Daniel T. Seaton, Yoav Bergner, Gerd Kortemeyer, Saif Rayyan, Isaac Chuang, David E. Pritchard. (Accepted) to the Physics Education Conference 2013
  • “Participation and performance in 8.02x Electricity and Magnetism: the first Physics MOOC from MITx”
    Saif Rayyan, Daniel T. Seaton, John Belcher, David E. Pritchard, Isaac Chuang (Accepted) to the Physics Education Conference 2013
  • “Multidimensional Student Skill with Collaborative Filtering.”
    Yoav Bergner, Saif Rayyan, Daniel Seaton, David E Pritchard, Physics Education Research Conference 2012, AIP Conf. Proc. 1513, pp. 74-77 (2013)
  • “Improved Student Performance In Electricity And Magnetism Following Prior MAPS Instruction In Mechanics”
    Saif Rayyan, Andrew Pawl, Analia Barrantes, Raluca Teodorescu and David E Pritchard. Physics Education Research Conference 2010 Portland Oregon, AIP Conf. Proc. 1289, 273(2010).
  • “Toward an Integrated Online Learning Environment”
    Raluca Teodorescu, Andrew Pawl, Saif Rayyan ,Analia Barrantes, and David E Pritchard.  Physics Education Research Conference 2010 Portland Oregon, AIP Conf. Proc. 1289, 321(2010).

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