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Dmitry Abbakumov

Higher School of Economics
Dmitry (Dima) Abbakumov is a psychometrician and data scientist. He is a team leader at the Centre for Psychometrics in eLearning at National Research University Higher School of Economics (HSE) in Russia. Dmitry obtained a master’s degree in psychometrics from HSE. Currently, he works on a doctoral degree in education at University of Leuven (KU Leuven) in Belgium. Dmitry’s overall professional focus is psychometrics of eLearning (e.g. MOOCs) and its applications in learning analytics and educational data mining. In other words, he is studying how eLearning works through the lenses of digital footprints humans left behind while using learning platforms and applications.

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Mathew Constantine

IE Business School (Instituto de Empresa)
Mathew is the Director of Projects at IE Publishing. He is responsible for a team of project managers and the development of projects, through all their phases, across two main areas: multimedia materials and MOOCs. Mathew has over 10 years’ experience in the development of learning resources and prides himself on finding creative and innovative solutions to learning gaps. He is responsible for the conceptualisation and instructional design of a number of learning materials, with many of these being internationally recognized in the press and at conferences. Mathew received his International MBA from IE Business School (2004) and is an Honours Degree graduate in Business Economics from the University of Leicester, UK.

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Lauren Criscione

University of Pennsylvania
After years advancing in reality television and corporate video, Lauren moved to the Philadelphia area and found herself a home at Wharton Online. As the Senior Video Producer, Lauren works with faculty and staff to create video content for Wharton Online’s ever growing catalog of courses. She studied Radio, Television, and Film Production at Rowan University and is currently pursuing a Master’s degree in Organizational Dynamics at the University of Pennsylvania. When she’s not spearheading video production, she can be found channeling her inner Joanna Gaines by forcing wood pallets into home décor, down the shore with her family, or attempting to cook with the help of Blue Apron.

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Pieter Cuijpers

Eindhoven University of Technology
Pieter Cuijpers is an assistant professor at the Technische Universiteit Eindhoven, teaching a course on quantitative formal modelling both at his university, for Eindhoven University of Technology, and on Coursera. Also he uses his experience in MOOC and flipped classroom teaching to help others in the process of setting up weblectures of any kind. For this, he started his own company, Quercus Weblecturing, named after the puppet that lightens up his Coursera MOOC.

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Paige Cunningham

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Paige Cunningham is a doctoral student in Library and Information Science at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign’s School of Information Sciences. Her field of study is educational informatics with a focus on communication in online education. Her dissertation research centers on analyzing patterns of communication between learners, community mentors, and instructors in University of Illinois Coursera courses, examining the effects of course subject matter, instructor expectations, and payment requirements on levels and types of communication activity, on preferred communication tools, and on completion rates. Paige is also a Graduate Research Assistant at the University of Illinois’ Center for Innovation in Teaching and Learning’s Data Analytics Group, where she works on preparation, management, and documentation of the University of Illinois’ Coursera learning analytics data. Prior to beginning her doctoral studies, Paige earned an MS in Library and Information Science from the University of Illinois, an MA in Interdisciplinary Studies from the University of Washington, Tacoma, and an AB in Anthropology from Bryn Mawr College.

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Tanja de Bie

Universiteit Leiden
Having 15+ years experience in running and moderating online roleplaying communities, Tanja brings a strong experience in Community Management to the team of CFI Digital Learning Lab at Leiden University. Tanja studied history at Leiden University and went on to become a manager and quality care coordinator in Home Care before returning to her alma mater. In private Tanja still happily plays roleplaying games both on- and offline as well as engaging with some gardening and creative writing. Tanja lives in Leiden.

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Dr. Rebecca Graetz

University of Minnesota
Dr. Rebecca Graetz is an academic professional working in the field of online learning. She is an online learning coach for faculty, a QM Peer reviewer, instructional designer and an ally for the transgender and gender non-conforming population. Designing a MOOC on a low budget using technology tools readily available, she designed and interviewed TGNC academics, peers, families and medical professionals on what it means to be transgender or gender non-conforming. Bringing transgender awareness globally is the goal of the MOOC designed in collaboration with the UMN – Program in Human Sexuality and Coursera.

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Monika Hamori

IE Business School (Instituto de Empresa)
Monika Hamori’s research focuses on career paths and career success. Her work was published in Organization Science, the Academy of Management Annals, the Academy of Management Perspectives, Human Resource Management and the Industrial and Labor Relations Review, among others. Her research interests include the educational background and career histories of top executives between 1980 and 2012; the impact of executive search firms on top executive careers; corporate retention strategies for young-high potentials; the impact of various types of CEO career paths on CEOs’ performance. These topics have great relevance to practitioners as well. As a result, her research was published in the Harvard Business Review several times, and also in the MIT Sloan Management Review. It was featured in the Wall Street Journal, the Financial Times, The London Times and the Economist, among others. Monika is on the Thinkers50 Guru Radar, a portal that presents young, promising talent in management research. She is also on the Best 40 B-School Profs Under the Age of 40 ranking, which lists top young business school professors. Website: https://www.ie.edu/business-school/faculty-research/faculty/monika-hamori/?_adptlocale=en_US

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Christopher Haynes

University of Colorado Boulder
Dr. Christopher Haynes is an Education Innovation Specialist at the University of Colorado Boulder. In addition to designing and delivering his own online courses on popular culture and literary analysis, he works with faculty at CU design and develop scaled learning experiences.

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John Heijligers

Eindhoven University of Technology
Graduated Art School in 1999. Directed more than 50 Plays and Musicals, trained people in presenting themselves in front of a camera. Directed several (short) movies. Directed the bachelor Course on Modeling at the University of Technology in Eindhoven. Started directing MOOCS there in 2008. Made 9 already and there are several in progress.

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William Heikoop

University of Toronto
William Heikoop works with the Online Learning Strategies portfolio on University of Toronto eLearning initiatives including the Online Undergraduate Course Initiative, eCampusOntario and Massive Open Online Courses. He brings expertise in online course (re)design and works closely with teams on learning resource development and course production.
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Alice Hobbs

University of London
Alice Hobbs is an Academic Project Manager based in the Educational Innovation and Development directorate at the University of London International Programmes. Alice joined the team in June 2016, and in this time has been involved in the development of two specialisations: the International Business Essentials specialisation, launched in January 2017; and the Virtual Reality Specialisation, launched in September 2017 and delivered in conjunction with Goldsmiths, University of London. She has also worked on individual MOOC developments with colleagues from a number of University of London Member Institutions, including LSE, SOAS, and UCL IoE. Alice also helps to develop the University’s MOOC Strategy. Alice’s role additionally includes developing a variety of full awards from the University of London with University of London Member Institutions, including Royal Holloway and UCL IoE. She enjoys the varied nature of the role, and working with a team of Academic Project Managers and colleagues from across the University of London.

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Jen Hutton

California Institute of the Arts
Within the Office of Global Initiatives at the California Institute of the Arts I work collaboratively with faculty and staff to develop, produce and deliver short and long-term educational projects on multiple platforms. I am the project lead on CalArts’ Open Learning initiative as well as related online projects. CalArts has been a Coursera partner since 2013.

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Maria Janelli

American Museum of Natural History
Maria Janelli is the senior manager of online teacher education programs at the American Museum of Natural History and a Ph.D. student studying educational psychology at the City University of New York. Her dissertation research examines the effects of pre-tests and feedback on learning outcomes in the Museum’s climate change course offered on Coursera. She holds a B.A. in English Literature from Saint Peter’s University, an M.A. in English Literature from Rutgers University, and an M.A. in Anthropology from Columbia University. Maria has spent the past 15 years working in the field of educational technology.

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Justin Johnsen

Duke University
I have worked on Coursera projects for Learning Innovation at Duke University for five years and I directly worked on ten individual courses and one specialization. I lead a team of online course builders that consult with Duke faculty to implement their vision for their courses within the Coursera platform. Our team has built over 50 courses including 4 specializations working with over 80 faculty. We continue to research the effectiveness of our online courses and explore new features of the platforms we operate to stretch them in exciting ways. I enjoy figuring out creative ways to use existing tools to best achieve complex goals. My favorite successes include using grids over images of the brain to offer hotspot functionality to our Medical Neuroscience assessments, building formative concept quizzes to support our Introduction to Astronomy course, and developing consistent reference documents and formative quizzes for our Tropical Parasitology course. I relax with science fiction, strategy-based video games, and playing with my one-year-old daughter.

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Jeff Maggioncalda

Coursera
Jeff Maggioncalda joined Coursera as CEO in June 2017. He previously served for 18 years as the founding CEO at Financial Engines Inc, a company co-founded by economist and Nobel Prize winner William Sharpe. Financial Engines grew rapidly under Jeff's leadership, providing high-quality online investment advice that has helped millions of people save and prepare for retirement. Jeff has also worked as a consultant at McKinsey & Company and Cornerstone Research, and continues to serve as a Director of Silicon Valley Bank, Inc. He holds an MBA from the Stanford Graduate School of Business and a Bachelor's degree in Economics and English from Stanford University. In his free time, Jeff is a lifelong learner and proud dad, and enjoys studying music theory and spending time with his wife and three daughters.

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Samantha Mazzero

Fundação Instituto de Administração
Prof. Mazzero is a mathematician by University of São Paulo (USP), holds an MBA in Marketing, MBA in economic & financial management, MSc in Business from USP and is currently a Ph.D. student at the same Institution researching Corporate Foresight & strategy. Her professional experience includes more than 17 years in multinational pharmaceutical companies in Business Intelligence area. She has been a professor for postgraduate students since 2008 for research & market analysis and joined FIA in 2013 teaching International Management for the International MBA. She Joined the Coursera-FIA's project as project manager and Instructor for Budgeting Essentials Course and Strategic Sales Management Specialization.

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Amy Moore

The State University of New York (SUNY)
Amy Moore is a Project Manager at the University at Buffalo (SUNY) and ACT®-Authorized Job Profiler based in New York. Ms. Moore received a Master’s in Business Administration (MBA) and holds Bachelor Degrees in Psychology and French. Additionally, Ms. Moore completed Department of Education Graduate Studies in Secondary Education as well as Project Management Professional (PMP) training. Fields of study completed include, but are not limited to, English as a Second Language, Strategic Planning and Leadership, Integrative Project: Analysis and Synthesis, Organizational Development and Transformation, and Statistics for Decision Making. While upholding the highest ethical standards, as a former Regional Director for the U.S. House of Representatives and Project Manager for businesses and academia, Ms. Moore leads numerous functional teams, where she establishes road maps for success. Most recently, Ms. Moore managed all aspects of the eight-month development of a ten-course specialization titled Digital Manufacturing and Design Technology on Coursera and moderated its final workforce development course. Exemplar of her leadership skills, Ms. Moore was elected to serve as the VP of the Women’s Initiative for Networking (WINS) group focused on community outreach and professional development. Amy holds dear the philosophy that all people have special skills and interests, and she optimizes individuals’ capabilities and passions.
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Jessica Morris

University of Pennsylvania
Jessica Morris is an Associate Director of Online Instructional Design for both the University of Pennsylvania’s Center for Teaching and Learning and the Online Learning Initiative. She earned her M.S. in Instructional Technology Management at La Salle University and her B.A. in Urban Studies at the University of Pennsylvania. She also holds a graduate certificate in Training and Educational Technology from George Washington University and has over a decade of experience in designing online learning content, assessments, and interactive tools. Jessica works with faculty and staff across Penn’s 12 schools toward the goal of integrating instructional technologies and instructional design in ways that promote meaningful learning experiences and innovative teaching practices. Jessica supports the development of MOOCS, online courses and programs, and blended learning experiences.

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Barbara Oakley

McMaster University
Barbara Oakley, PhD, PE is a Professor of Engineering at Oakland University in Rochester, Michigan; the Ramón y Cajal Distinguished Scholar of Global Digital Learning at McMaster University; and Coursera’s inaugural “Innovation Instructor.” Her work focuses on the complex relationship between neuroscience and social behavior. Dr. Oakley’s research has been described as “revolutionary” in the Wall Street Journal—she has published in outlets as varied as the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, the Wall Street Journal, and The New York Times. She has won numerous teaching awards, including the American Society of Engineering Education’s Chester F. Carlson Award for technical innovation in engineering education. Together with Terrence Sejnowski, the Francis Crick Professor at the Salk Institute, she co-teaches Coursera – UC San Diego’s “Learning How to Learn,” the world’s most popular massive open online course with over two million registered students. Barb is a New York Times best-selling author—her upcoming book Learning How to Learn is geared to give kids aged ten on up neuroscientific tools to help their learning.

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Kristin Palmer

University of Virginia (UVA)
Dr. Kristin Palmer is the Director of Online Learning Programs at U.Va. She is responsible for managing production for U.Va.'s partnership with Coursera. Her graduate work was done at Stanford University in Learning, Design and Technology. She also holds a degree from Rochester Institute of Technology. For the past seventeen years, she has been successfully delivering enterprise technology projects for various companies including Walt Disney, Hewlett-Packard, eBay and Intuit. She joined U.Va. in 2011.

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Quentin Ruiz-Esparza

Duke University
As Associate Program Director for Duke Learning Innovation’s Online Duke program, Quentin Ruiz-Esparza manages an initiative that supports faculty and schools at Duke University to advance educational excellence with online teaching and learning. Quentin collaborates with his team to develop new models for helping faculty create online learning experiences, identify new projects to spur pedagogical innovation or reach new markets of learners, and use data to measure the impact of Duke’s online initiatives. Quentin has also overseen special projects for Online Duke, including co-managing the development and launch of Duke’s Specializations in Java and C programming as well as leading Duke’s efforts to pilot Coursera’s direct data access tool with Redshift. Prior to joining Online Duke, Quentin managed a research program in global health policy at Duke’s Sanford School of Public Policy and worked in northern Thailand on issues of human rights protections and statelessness. Quentin studied at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, majoring in Economics.

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Kris Stabel

Erasmus University Rotterdam
As Project Manager Online Education and Coursera Partnership Manager, Kris is managing the design, development and authoring of the Online Learning modules and MOOCs of the Erasmus University. He is involved in MOOC and Online Education strategy development, business models and research.

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Lisa Stephens

The State University of New York (SUNY)
Lisa Stephens, Ph.D. serves as Senior Strategist for Academic Innovation in the Office of the SUNY Provost.  As Program Director of the Innovative Instruction Technology Grant (IITG) program, she assists PI’s throughout the 64-campus system to leverage technology in service of pedagogy. She leads the Open SUNY Coursera initiative and the FLEXspace (Flexible Learning Environments eXchange) OER project. As SUNY’s Coursera liaison, Lisa has helped develop of over 32 courses and 5 specializations, and is currently engaged in strategic efforts to migrate from an experimental phase to deliberate use of MOOCs and derivatives to create new certificate and credit based opportunities for learners while extending SUNY’s brand to international learners. As the University at Buffalo she assists the Office of the VP and Chief Information Officer with grants and UB innovation initiatives. She is the elected co-chair of the UB Faculty Senate Teaching & Learning Committee and enjoys an adjunct faculty appointment in the UB Department of Communication.  Research interests include administrative choice of technology adoption, with publications in EDUCAUSE Quarterly, the Encyclopedia of Distance and Online Learning, the College and University Media Review, as well as various presentations and research reports.

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Anne Trumbore

University of Pennsylvania
Anne Trumbore (annetrum@wharton.upenn.edu) leads Wharton Online. In this role, she directs design and production of online courses, analyzes data to understand learner needs, initiates and supports research projects, facilitates dialogue with internal and external stakeholders, and helps senior leadership of Wharton and the University to develop the strategic direction for Wharton’s online efforts. Anne has been teaching and designing curricula for online environments for almost 15 years. At Stanford, she developed the interactive online English curriculum for the University’s Online High School. In directing the design and implementation of online courses at Coursera beginning in 2012, and then at NovoEd, Anne guided top universities into a wide range of new online teaching initiatives. She has worked with over 75 faculty in R1 institutions to create meaningful online and blended learning experiences that encourage students to persist to completion while achieving learning goals. She analyzes and reports on data regarding learning in online environments and conducts research to identify effective teaching practices. Anne's work has also resulted in a number of published articles and book chapters on online pedagogy and history. Anne was one of the first 20 employees at Coursera.

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Brian Winn

Michigan State University
Brian M. Winn is the Founder and Director of the Games for Entertainment and Learning (GEL) Lab at Michigan State University and an Associate Professor in the Department of Media and Information. Winn’s expertise is in designing “meaningful play” that combine games and meaningful objectives (such as learning, persuasion, motivation, and fitness). Winn’s “Design, Play, Experience Framework” presents a process for designing meaningful play. Winn founded the International Conference on Meaningful Play, serves as a member of the Michigan Film and Digital Media Office Advisory Council, and is a faculty advisor of the MSU SpartaSoft student game developers group. Winn’s award-winning work has been presented, exhibited, and experienced around the world. Winn is an accomplished teacher who became an Apple Distinguished Educator in 2001 and a Lilly Teaching Fellow in 2005. Winn taught the first game design course at MSU back in 2000 and helped grow that one course into the top-rated MSU Game Design and Development program. Winn also teaches the popular online Coursera Specialization in Game Design and Development.

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Nelson Yoshida

Fundação Instituto de Administração
Prof. Nelson D Yoshida has participated as a course designer, instructor, and PMO in Budgeting Essentials and Development course, and Strategic Sales Management specialization in Coursera platform. He holds a Ph.D. (Business Administration) from University of São Paulo (USP). He is an Electrical Engineer from Universidade de Campinas (UNICAMP). Executive MBA from Fundação Instituto de Administração - FIA. Course for Board Members from the Brazilian Institute of Corporate Governance - IBGC. Consultant, professor and researcher in the areas of strategy, future studies and foresight methodologies to support strategic decision making. He has developed projects in areas such as technological foresight, the future of cities, strategic planning. In addition to his teaching, consulting and researching activities, he's worked in the telecom industry, in different areas of network operations, business support systems, commercial, marketing, and strategic planning. He's had an executive role in the commercial, marketing, and planning areas. He's been teaching at FIA Business School for the Executive MBA, and the International MBA. His special interest areas are in complex challenges, foresight, strategy and business model analysis, evaluation, and creation. In the educational area, he is especially interested in the active learning methodologies.

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Chris Impey

University of Arizona
Chris Impey is a University Distinguished Professor of Astronomy and Associate Dean of the College of Science at the University of Arizona. He has over 180 refereed publications on observational cosmology, galaxies, and quasars, and his research has been supported by $20 million in NASA and NSF grants. He has won eleven teaching awards. Impey is a past Vice President of the American Astronomical Society and he has been an NSF Distinguished Teaching Scholar, Carnegie Council’s Arizona Professor of the Year, and most recently a Howard Hughes Medical Institute Professor. He’s written over 50 popular articles on cosmology and astrobiology, two introductory textbooks, a novel called Shadow World, and 7 popular science books: The Living Cosmos, How It Ends, Talking About Life, How It Began, Dreams of Other Worlds, Humble Before the Void, and Beyond: The Future of Space Travel. Chris Impey is the creator and lead instructor of the Coursera course “Astronomy: Exploring Space and Time.” It was offered for the first time from Feb-Mar, 2015, with 25,400 enrolled, with a second launch in Sept, 2015, and over 42,000 enrolled to date.

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Richard Griffiths

Universiteit Leiden
Richard Griffiths (b 1948) BSc (Econ)Wales and PhD (Cambridge) Emeritus professor for International Studies at Leiden University and Innovation fellow at the Centre for Innovation. He is the Instructor for the courses: 'Be Persuasive.Write a Convincing Position Paper or Policy Advice' and 'The Political economy of Institutions and Development'. He leads the on-line international forum SDGtalk.. Received Coursera's inaugural Outstanding Educator Award for Innovation in 2016.

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Joy Lu

University of Pennsylvania

Joy Lu is currently a fifth-year doctoral candidate in Marketing at the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, and will be joining the Tepper Business School at Carnegie Mellon University as Assistant Professor Marketing starting Fall 2018. Prior to starting her PhD, Joy received a B.S. in Economics, and Engineering & Applied Science (Computation & Neural Systems track) from the California Institute of Technology in 2013. Joy’s current research has focused on understanding how individuals consume online media content, particularly within online education. Using individual-level data on the behavior of learners engaged in Wharton’s business courses on Coursera, Joy builds mathematical models grounded in behavioral theory to understand “binge-learning” patterns, and how these behaviors may be related to the timing of content release.

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Peter van Leusen

Arizona State University
Peter van Leusen is a Senior Instructional Designer for EdPlus, Strategic Design & Development at Arizona State University. His recent instructional design projects include collaborating on adaptive curriculum and courseware development, designing MOOCs in a foreign language, and spearheading innovative digital educational experiences for broad audiences. Before joining ASU, Peter worked as the Assistant Director in the Office of Instructional Consulting in the School of Education at Indiana University and previously taught middle and high school German. Peter holds a PhD in Instructional Systems Technology from Indiana University, Bloomington. His research interests include Faculty Development, Instructional Technology, Instructional Design, and Innovative Teaching & Learning in face-to-face, hybrid, and online formats. When he’s not designing creative and innovative solutions, you can find him playing soccer or running.

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Gavin Bradley

University of Alberta
Gavin Bradley completed his BSc in Archaeology and Palaeoecology at Queen’s University Belfast, and an MSc in Dinosaur Systematics and Evolution under Dr. Philip Currie at the University of Alberta. An award-winning instructor at the University of Alberta, Gavin has a deep passion for teaching and outreach in science, which led to his involvement in helping create the University of Alberta’s four Palaeontology MOOCs: Dino 101, Theropod Dinosaurs and the Origin of Birds, Ancient Marine Reptiles and Early Vertebrate Evolution. He has facilitated these programs for the past couple of years, provides teaching support for a number of for-credit courses in the faculty, and works with development teams on the creation of upcoming University of Alberta MOOCs. His current research interest is on different ways to engage students effectively in online courses, with little to no face-time.

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Julien Depauw

Tecnológico de Monterrey (ITESM)
Julien is an EdTech leader, truly passionate about the impact of innovation and technology on Education. Entrepreneur, educator and innovative thinker with broad-experience is continuously looking for new challenge. He is currently part of TecLabs - teclabs.io/ - Lab of Educational Innovation at Tecnológico de Monterrey exploring and experimenting Education in 2030, where as leader of Alternative Credentials, he is with his team in charge of the strategy and implementation of Bootcamps, MOOCs, and emerging credentials using Badges, Blockchain, Extended Reality, etc.

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David Leaser

IBM
David Leaser is the senior executive of strategic growth initiatives for IBM’s Training & Skills program. Leaser developed IBM’s first cloud-based embedded learning solution and is the founder of IBM’s Digital Badge program, a leading edge digital credential program. Mr. Leaser is the author of thought leadership white papers on talent development, including “Migrating Minds” and “The Social Imperative in Workforce Development.” Leaser is a member of the IMS Global Consortium Board advisory group for digital credentials, and he has provided guidance to the US Department of Labor and the US Department of Education as an employer subject matter expert. He holds a B.A. in communications from Pepperdine University and an M.A. in Communications Management from USC’s Annenberg School.

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Fataneh Taghaboni-Dutta

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Fataneh Taghaboni-Dutta is a Clinical Professor of Business Administration the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. She has over 25 years of experience in developing and teaching both traditional and online undergraduate and graduate (MBA) level courses. She has taught regularly in the iMBA program on the Coursera platformsince its launch. Professor Taghaboni-Dutta has received Professor of the Year in the Executive MBA (EMBA) program in 2014 and 2017, and every semester her name has appeared on the “List of Teachers Ranked as Excellent by Their Students”. Her research interests lie in the development of techniques to enable integration of technology with management and process improvement. Her current research has been on the development and deployment of Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) technology in manufacturing and global supply chains. She has published extensively in these areas and has highly cited papers in Academy of Management Journals, The International Journal of Production, and several others. She also researches online learning pedagogy and technologies and has presented and published on the topic. Professor Taghaboni-Dutta received her B.S., M.S. and Ph.D. in Industrial Engineering from Purdue University and prior to Illinois was a tenured Professor at the University of Michigan—Flint.

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Marco Gillies

University of London
Marco Gillies is a Reader in Computing and Academic Director: Distance Learning at Goldsmiths, University of London. He has a history of innovative pedagogy for teaching computing. When he first joined Goldsmiths he developed, together with Mick Grierson, the BSc Creative Computing, a ground breaking program which combined technical computing and coding with an approach to teaching inspired by the creative arts. In 2013 Marco, Mick and Matthew Yee-King developed “Creative Programming” one of the first MOOCs for the University of London. Since then he has taught on one of the first Coursera Specialisations: “Responsive Web Development and Design” and has recently released a second specialisation: “Virtual Reality” with Sylvia Pan. This last was the result of a long collaboration between Sylvia and Marco in VR research, something they hope will inform future directions in online learning. Since 2016, Marco has been Academic Director: Distance Learning at Goldsmiths, a role that involves him developing new initiatives in online learning and encouraging staff from across the college to develop MOOCs and other online courses.

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Sherman Young

Macquarie University
Sherman Young is Macquarie University’s Pro Vice Chancellor for Learning and Teaching and a Professor in the Department of Media, Music, Communication and Cultural Studies where he teaches and researches in the area of new media theory and production. As Pro Vice-Chancellor, He is responsible for the development and implementation of the University’s learning and teaching strategy, ensuring outstanding student experiences and outcomes. His portfolio includes responsibility for learning technologies and innovation, work integrated learning, careers development, student pathways and orientation. Sherman is the author of The book is dead, long live the book (UNSW Press, 2007), co-author of Media Convergence (Palgrave, 2012) and Beyond 2.0 - the Future of Music (Equinox, 2014) - all of which analyse the impact of new media technologies. Sherman has a BSc in Design (UNSW), an MA in Media, Technology and Law (Macquarie) and a PhD in Media and Cultural Studies (UQ). Prior to becoming an academic, Sherman ran a multimedia production company building interactive media for a range of corporate and publishing clients.

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Marvin Hoff

United Nations Development Programme
My name is Marvin Hoff, I am a German national based in NYC. In my role as HR Manager for Talent & Leadership Development I oversee the Leadership Development Portfolio of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP). Our Talent Development Unit serves a population of 18.000 people in over 170 countries globally. We have been partnering with Coursera since mid 2017. Coursera courses are an integral part of various leadership and capability development programmes. In September 2017, I was part of Coursera's first Customer Adivosry Board meeting. By the end of 2017, we will have about 1200 Coursera learners and plan to further extend our global outreach, especially to female staff based in Hardship Locations. Thank you!

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Allan de Venecia

MOOCSX PH Incorporated
Allan de Venecia is an experienced senior executive with over ten years of management experience in various industries such as retail, hospitality, real estate, export and business process outsourcing. He
previously served as Group Vice President for a privately owned holding company and handled multiple business functions such as strategy and innovation, operations, finance and business development.
International dealings span Singapore, Australia, Papua New Guinea, Central America and China.

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Denice Hood

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
I am the Director of Online Learning for the College of Education at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. I am also a Teaching Associate Professor in the Department of Education Policy, Organization and Leadership in the College of Education. I had an opportunity to work on MOOC development last year and we are very excited to partner with Coursera on a new project this year.

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Elisabeth Villette

HEC Paris
Franco-American born and raised in France, Elisabeth studied psychology and history in the US before starting a career in teaching. In 2014, Elisabeth joined HEC Paris where she has held three different positions

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Justin Harding

Arizona State University
Justin Harding leads New Media design and production for ASU Online programs and EdPlus strategic projects. Working with a team of multimedia developers and instructional designers, digital media such as interactive learning materials, high definition education videos, and information visualization graphics contribute to an online learning platform that incorporates the latest in educational technology with learning theory and information design.

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Shane Dixon

Arizona State University
Dr. Shane Dixon is the co-designer and primary online instructor for the largest TESOL certificate course in the world. He has designed teacher training programs for groups from China, Korea, Japan, Iraq, Peru, and Mexico, and has created language programs for companies such as General Electric (Brazil), LG (Korea), and Toyota (Japan). ASU's online TESOL certificate program on the Coursera platform was recognized with the 2016 Learner’s First Award, given by Coursera to the top course as indicated by learner reviews and course ratings. He is the author of two books and several articles, including an Amazon bestseller 100 TESOL Activities. Dr. Dixon holds a doctorate in educational technology from Arizona State University and a master’s in English language planning and policy from Brigham Young University.

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Martijn Klabbers

Eindhoven
Martijn Klabbers received an MSc. in Computer Science in Artificial Intelligence from the Technical University Delft. After his graduation he became a researcher at the Technical University of Eindhoven (TU/e) and active in the representative bodies for researchers. Next, he started as a software developer at NIPO Software, a software department of a market research company, and subsequently became project leader and product manager, responsible for the data collection suite used by 200 customers worldwide. At the TU/e, he is a project manager and project developer at the Project Development Office, starting and managing international projects. Also he has a seat in the university council of the TU/e. From 2014 he is active in developing MOOCs for more than 10 different European Universities and developed a first online semester Master programme in Embedded Systems and currently working on a similar programme for Data Science.

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Justin Shewell

Arizona State University
Co-designer and primary producer of award-winning "Teach English Now!" specializations on Coursera. Ph.D. in Educational Technology from Arizona State University and an M.A. in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages from Brigham Young University. Have worked as an instructional design and media producer on multiple Coursera and edX MOOCs. Most recently spent 3 weeks in Saudi Arabia training K-12 teachers on the use of technology in fostering creativity and critical thinking skills.

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Melissa Kreider

Arizona State University
Melissa’s passion is providing the most engaging learning experiences to all types of learners. She is experienced in designing and delivering both online and traditional curriculum to K-20 students through adult learners. She has extensive experience integrating student-centered teaching methods, including the use of technology for personalized learning. Her passion lies in collaborating with faculty, students, and educational leaders in order to positively impact learning. She collaborated with the Mayo Clinic and ASU’s School for the Science of Health Care Delivery on designing an open-scale course on best practices for quality health care delivery. She is currently working with ASU Engineering faculty on creating open-scale engineering courses on Coursera. She holds a Master's Degree in Instructional Learning Technologies from The University of Colorado at Denver.

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Justin Mass

Adobe
Justin Mass leads digital learning for Adobe's Global Talent, Technology and Insights organization. To accelerate the development of more than 18,000 employees in 40 offices across every timezone, his team is responsible for building a diverse portfolio of learning experiences through virtual classroom and on-demand learning platforms. In January 2018, his team launched an AI/ML Training Program in partnership with Coursera to upskill ~2000 Adobe engineers, computer scientists and researchers around the world.

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Joanne Veech

PwC
Joanne is an experienced Human Capital Leader with a strong reputation for leadership and impact. Her 30 years in Development and Talent Management, 24 years with PwC International LLC, have provided her with an exceptionally deep network of PwC colleagues world wide that enable her to set and implement organizational goals, change management practices; resulting in significant impact on territory operations and culture. She has cultivated her relationships and her ability to organize, develop comprehensive strategies, and execute across boundaries. She is a team player with energy and passion, and is known for her ability to lead large complex network-wide organizational projects to successful completion. She knows how the network of firms work and has repeatedly demonstrated her leadership skills and her ability to deliver results. Joanne has held, and created many first time network leadership roles within Global Talent and Global Development: Global Onboarding Leader, Global Career Transitions Leader, Global Advisory L&D Leader, Global E-Business L&D Leader, and Global Financial Services L&D Leader. She is currently responsible for PwC's MOOC strategy and is co-leading PwC's Network Badge Program. Joanne is a graduate of Fairleigh Dickinson University, BS Accounting, MBA Finance and started her career with Touche Ross as an Auditor in the NYC Financial Services Practice. She is actively involved in NJ politics and has recently served as Mayor of Randolph, Morris County's second largest township, and is currently a sitting Councilwoman. She has received the Governor's New Jersey State Safety Council Distinguished Service Award for bring "Alive at 25" to New Jersey. Joanne has participated in many boards and committees, and is recognized as leader in her community.
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Emily Glasserg Sands

Coursera
Emily Glassberg Sands is Director of Data Science at Coursera. Her team leads the quantitative measurement, experimentation, and inference that informs Coursera's product and business direction; builds the statistical models and machine learning algorithms that power content discovery and help scale an engaging learning experience; and empowers partners and enterprise customers with on-platform analytics and direct data access. Emily received her Ph.D. in Economics from Harvard University where her research leveraged experimental and applied methods to better understand labor markets and consumer decision-making.

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Talia Kolodny

Coursera
Currently leading the efforts to provide Coursera partners with the tools and knowledge they need to create transformational, high quality learning experiences, Talia brings her expertise in adult learning into the world of MOOCs. She is passionate about creating accessible and inclusive education, leading several initiatives promoting social impact and diversity in Coursera courses that include research, training resources and automated tools detecting opportunities to create more inclusive learning environments. Before Coursera, Talia specialized in adult education and change management at the Institute for Leadership and Governance in Israel. There she developed and led programs for executives in Government ministries, NGOs and the private sector, forming cross-sector collaborative initiatives addressing complex social problems. She also served as the senior advisor to the Head of the Education Department at the Municipality of Jerusalem, overseeing 250,000 students, and thousands of teachers and headmasters. Talia served as a board member for the Linda Feldman Rape Crisis Center, where she also facilitated educational workshops to prevent sexual violence in schools, and has extensive experience in formal and informal education as a teacher, a program manager and a policy advisor in non-profits, schools, Universities and community-based organizations in Israel and the United states. She has a MA degree in Conflict management and Resolution and a BA in Political science and Humanities, both from the Hebrew University in Israel.

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Juhi Singh

Coursera
Juhi has been with Coursera for nearly two years. She helps empower internal and external stakeholders through data and help them make data-driven decisions. At the conference, she looks forward to meeting and learning more about our partner's needs.

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Sean Gallagher

Northeastern University
Dr. Sean Gallagher is founder and Executive Director of Northeastern University’s Center for the Future of Higher Education and Talent Strategy, and Executive Professor of Educational Policy.

Sean joined Northeastern in 2009 and is a nationally recognized expert with nearly 20 years of experience in higher education. As Chief Strategy Officer for Northeastern’s Professional Advancement Network, Sean built a central strategy function unique among universities – working across colleges and academic domains to launch growth initiatives including the development of new campuses and degree programs. Prior to Northeastern, Sean worked for a decade at Eduventures, advising executives at hundreds of universities, education companies, and investors. Sean directed the firm's largest and most profitable business unit, and played an instrumental role in the company’s growth by developing and leading many of its research practices.

Sean is a frequent invited speaker at conferences and events, and his writing and commentary have been featured in leading media outlets such as The Chronicle of Higher Education, The Wall Street Journal, Forbes, and CBS Television. Sean's research has been cited in numerous academic papers and books. His book, "The Future of University Credentials: New Developments at the Intersection of Higher Education and Hiring," was published in 2016 by Harvard Education Press.

Sean holds a Doctor of Education (Ed.D.) degree from Northeastern University; an M.B.A. from the New York Institute of Technology; and a B.S. in Marketing from Northeastern.

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Mariam Kakkar

United Nations Development Programme (UNDP)
Mariam Wali-Kakkar, Chief, Talent Development Unit- Office of Human Resources, Bureau for Management Services, United National Development Programme (UNDP)
Mariam Wali-Kakkar is a talent management professional with over 17 years of experience in the public sector. She has spent the last 13 years working in the UN system at UNDP, UNICEF and UNFPA in the areas of organizational development, integrated talent management, high potential development, career development, executive talent management, knowledge management, innovation employee engagement and leadership development.
Mariam leads the Talent Development Unit @UNDP, which is responsible for developing individual, team and organizational capabilities to meet the organization’s strategic mission and lead the implantation of processes, systems and tools to create a culture of continuous learning, knowledge sharing, growth, innovation and development. The team works with a variety of partners from the private sector and academia including Deloitte, IMD, Coursera, MIT, Harvard, and IESE.
Before joining the UN, Mariam worked at the Center for Learning and Performance at Concordia University in Montreal, Quebec and the Ministry of Education of Quebec. She has a doctorate in Educational Technology from Concordia University, Montreal, Canada.

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Nikhil Sinha

Coursera
Nikhil Sinha is the Chief Content Officer at Coursera. In this role, he oversees the company's content strategy and relationships with university and industry partners. Prior to joining Coursera, Nikhil was the founding Vice Chancellor of the Shiv Nadar University. He has also served as a faculty member and as Associate Dean for Academic Affairs at the University of Texas, and has held senior positions in several organizations, including Silverskills, eFunds Corporation, iDLX Technology Partners, and Adams Capital Management. Nikhil is currently Non-Executive Chairman of the Board of HCL Infosystems, a Director of Silverskills Pvt. Ltd., a Director Emeritus of the US-India Business Council, and a member of the Advisory Board of the Annenberg School for Communication at the University of Pennsylvania. He received his M.A. and Ph.D. from the Annenberg School for Communication at the University of Pennsylvania and his B.A. (Honors) from St. Stephen's College, Delhi University.
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Deanna Raineri

Coursera
Deanna Raineri is the Chief Academic Strategist at Coursera. Deanna joined Coursera in May 2016 from the position of Associate Provost for Education Innovation at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, where she provided campus-wide leadership for innovations in classroom and online education. She also led the University's partnership with Coursera and developed other strategic partnerships at the national level that positioned Illinois as a leader in teaching and learning. Dr. Raineri joined the University of Illinois in 1992 after earning a PhD in Biochemistry/Molecular Biology from the University of Southampton Medical School and completing a postdoctoral appointment at the University of Washington. Prior to joining the Provost’s Office she held a faculty appointment in the School of Molecular and Cellular Biology. She also served as Associate Dean for Instructional Technologies and Information Services in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, and as Director of LAS Online.

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Larry DeBrock

Gies College of Business, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Larry DeBrock served as ninth dean of the Gies College of Business from 2009 to 2015. He has been a faculty member at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign since 1979, completing his Ph.D. in economics from Cornell University.
DeBrock has been a longtime technology and online champion, well understanding the role of technology in higher education, and leading the College’s charge into fully democratizing online education. From both a leadership perspective as a dean and an instructor’s perspective as a professor, DeBrock knows the value of technology in the classroom, and he has both advocated its use for the College and modeled its effective application for other instructors.
Under DeBrock’s leadership, the College’s online infrastructure was built, recording studios for online teaching were created, the eLearning office was established, and the iMBA program, created in partnership with Coursera, was conceptualized, approved, and created. The iMBA, launched in 2016, has been highly successful, and is the first online MBA degree program offered through Coursera.
DeBrock did more than support and oversee the iMBA; he was one of the first professors to teach in the program. His “Firm Level Economics: Consumer and Producer Behavior” course is one of the program’s highest-rated courses, with an average user rating of 4.8 out of 5. DeBrock has proven to be an online innovator, expertly blending content from multiple subject areas in his courses and engaging his students from around the world. He makes full use of the advantages the technology offers by building his courses specifically for online learners, from whom he has consistently earned rave reviews.
Though DeBrock has been a senior all-star faculty for many years, he loves teaching Business 101, a foundational course for all Gies College of Business freshmen and transfer students that addresses ways to develop professional responsibility as an individual, in a profession, and as a member of organizations that play a critical role in society. As a professor, he has touched the lives of numerous undergraduate and graduate students across a spectrum of programs, including the full-time and professional MBA, the Executive MBA, the iMBA, and more.
As dean, DeBrock began his tenure with the opening of the Business Instructional Facility, the first building at any public university business school to receive LEED Platinum certification for its green design and construction. He advanced technology in the College through the creation of an online business minor, multiple online courses in partnership with Coursera, and the first-ever 3D printing lab in a college of business. His commitment to excellence led to the College’s continued accreditation in business and accounting by AACSB International (placing it among the top five percent of the world’s business programs), students’ education in professional responsibility through Business 101, faculty successes, partnerships with other institutions, the continuously high placement numbers of Business Career Services, and the number of companies who recruit our students and alumni.
In addition to his accomplishments as dean, DeBrock has displayed a consistent record of outstanding achievements throughout his career. He has received numerous department, College, and University awards for teaching at the undergraduate and graduate levels from 1983 to the present. MBA program students named him Faculty of the Year seven times, and he has won professional, graduate, and undergraduate campus teaching awards, and a teaching award from the Commerce Alumni Association. Over his 38 years at Illinois, DeBrock’s students have noted his gift for making complex economic concepts both compelling and understandable.

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Lauren Atkins Budde

University of Michigan
As Associate Director of Design Management at the University of Michigan's Office of Academic Innovation (AI), Lauren Atkins Budde leads a talented team (including design managers, iteration and engagement managers, and course builders) that works with diverse groups of stakeholders to enable institutional change, strategic research, and educational experimentation through consensus and community building, impact analysis, and clear communication, and project design. Since joining the Academic Innovation team almost three years ago, Lauren has overseen the development and delivery of dozens digital education initiatives including MOOCs, specializations and Teach-Outs, and is constantly energized by both the hundreds of impact opportunities available in this space and the challenge of scaling up and spreading innovations throughout and beyond the University of Michigan community. Before coming to AI, Lauren worked in the e-portfolio startup space as an educational services lead, and as an instructional technology consultant at U-M's College of Literature, Science, and the Arts.

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Renee Deljon

Arizona State University
Renee Deljon brings more than 20 years of experience in higher education to her role as senior instructional designer with EdPlus at ASU, where her major projects are currently in engineering. Past roles include teaching English as an adjunct instructor, acquisitions and editorial program management, content and product development, digital project management, and sales and marketing. She holds a Master of Arts in English from the University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee.

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Kapeesh Saraf

Coursera
Kapeesh Saraf is Director of Product at Coursera. In this role, he oversees user growth and monetization across our consumer (B2C), degrees and enterprise products. Before Coursera, Kapeesh was Director of Product at Zynga. He led the teams responsible for Zynga.com as well as the company’s mobile platform. Kapeesh received his Master’s degree in Management Science from Stanford University and earned a Bachelor of Engineering degree from the University of Pune in India.

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Rick Levin

Coursera
Rick Levin served as President of Yale University from 1993 through 2013, and as CEO of Coursera from 2014 to mid-2017. He currently serves as a Senior Adviser at Coursera and as a Senior Fellow of the Jackson Institute for Global Affairs at Yale.

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Jen Mazzon

Coursera
Jen Mazzon is a Director of Product Management at Coursera. She has previously led product teams at Google, Intuit and several Silicon Valley startups. Jen was the founding product manager for Google Docs and its pre-acquisition antecedent, Writely. Jen holds an MBA from the Stanford Graduate School of Business and a BA with Honors from Yale University. She has served on the boards of the Stanford Alumni Consulting Team and Blue Blanket Improv in Half Moon Bay, California.

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Alan Hickey

Coursera

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Simone Buitendijk

Imperial College London
Professor Simone Buitendijk MD, MPH, PhD is Vice-Provost (Education) at Imperial College London, leading its vision for an innovative and globally-leading learning and teaching environment, and an excellent student educational experience. Professor Buitendijk is currently implementing a new Learning & Teaching Strategy at Imperial College, in which the online and digital elements are vital components. She has been a member of Coursera’s University Advisory Board since 2015, both in her previous role as Vice-Rector Magnificus at Leiden University and now at Imperial College. Professor Buitendijk studied Medicine in Utrecht, received a Master’s degree in Public Health at the Yale School of Medicine in the US, and earned her PhD degree in Leiden. She held the Netherlands’ first professorial chair for Midwifery Studies at the Amsterdam Medical Center. She is Chair of the League of European Research Universities’ (LERU) steering group for teaching and learning, and she co-authored the LERU position papers ‘'Women, research and universities: excellence without gender bias" (2013) and “Gendered research and innovation” (2015).

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Gary Matkin

University of California, Irvine
Gary W. Matkin, Ph.D. has been Dean of Continuing Education at UC Irvine since March 1, 2000. In October 2017, Dr. Matkin was additionally appointed Vice Provost for Career Pathways when the former UCI Career Center was renamed the Division of Career Pathways. The two units he oversees have a combined budget of $45 million. The Division of Continuing Education (DCE) offers 2,400 courses a year to approximately 50,000 students, and includes several community programs such as the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute. The Open Learning Initiative reaches millions of students each year through several open education channels including MOOCs. For more information, visit http://ce.uci.edu/pdfs/dean/gary_matkin_cv.pdf.

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William Kuskin

University of Colorado Boulder
William Kuskin is Vice Provost and Associate Vice Chancellor for Strategic Initiatives. He is responsible for projects in digital education, international strategy, and teaching and learning. Previously, he served as Chair of English at the University of Colorado Boulder, and before that he was Chair of English at the University of Southern Mississippi, Hattiesburg, where he served during Katrina and helped successfully guide the university through academic probation. A professor of English, Dr. Kuskin has written books and articles about technology and literature, the emergence of printing, the notion of the Renaissance, and comic books and graphic novels. Dr. Kuskin has almost two decades experience in digital education. In 2013 he launched the MOOC, “Comic Books and Graphic Novels,” which received special mention for Coursera for its innovative delivery of humanities material, including writing and critical thinking. In 2017 he developed the specialization “Effective Communication” with Dr. Quentin McAndrew and Mr. Dave Underwood. Dr. Kuskin majored in English and Psychology at Vassar College (class of ’87) and received his MA and PhD from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He was a University of Warwick Exchange Fellow in 1995, a Stanford Humanities Postdoctoral Fellow in 2000, and an NEH recipient in 2006.

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Tom Katsouleas

University of Virginia (UVA)
Thomas C. Katsouleas is the Executive Vice President and Provost of the University of Virginia. He is also a professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering and Physics at UVA. Provost Katsouleas served as dean of the Pratt School of Engineering and professor of electrical and computer engineering at Duke University from 2008–2015. He earned a B.S. in 1979 and a Ph.D. in physics in 1984, both from UCLA. His scholarship is on plasmas, particle accelerators and light sources, and he has authored or co-authored more than 200 publications and given more than 50 major invited talks. He is co-chair of the National Academy of Engineering Advisory Committee on Grand Challenges.

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Ronak Shah

Coursera
Ronak joined Coursera in early 2017, and leads the team responsible to empower our partners and enterprise customers with data and visualizations, including the on-platform analytics, data exports and direct data access. Ronak has always been close to data and has worked at some of the world's highly data driven companies like Amazon and Glassdoor, prior to joining Coursera.

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Mark Searle

Arizona State University
Mark Searle is the Executive Vice President and University Provost at Arizona State University and Professor in the School of Community Resources and Development. Prior to this appointment, Dr. Searle served as the Interim Provost and Deputy Provost and Chief of Staff. Earlier administrative assignments at ASU included Vice-President for Academic Personnel. He holds a Ph.D. from the University of Maryland. Dr. Searle joined ASU after an extensive career in Canada where he was the Founding Director of the multidisciplinary Health, Leisure, and Human Performance Research Institute at the University of Manitoba. Prior to his university appointment, Dr. Searle served in various management positions within municipal and provincial government. The Provincial Government of Manitoba, the National Therapeutic Recreation Society and the University of Manitoba have honored Dr. Searle for his achievements. He has been elected as a fellow of the Academy of Leisure Sciences and the Academy for Park and Recreation Administration. Dr. Searle is studies the relationship between leisure behavior and the psychological well-being of older adults and more recently as leisure relates to community development.

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Christa Morrison

McMaster University
Christa specializes in the art and science of digital teaching and learning, emerging technologies, and strategic content management. She taught in various Journalism and Business programs in Canada and offers boot camps in Africa.

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Stephanie Parisi

Emory University
Stephanie Parisi is the assistant director of online education in the Center for Faculty Development and Excellence at Emory University. She serves and supports faculty in their online teaching endeavors, develops and delivers faculty professional development, and assists in the development online programming. Stephanie leads the strategic planning of massive open online course development at the University and collaborates with faculty across campus to develop MOOCs. She has presented at professional conferences, including the Online Learning Consortium, Ed-Media, and Association for Educational Communications and Technology, as well as published in the Magna newsletter, Online Cl@ssroom.

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Sonya Francis

Goodwill
Sonya N. Francis is the Senior Director of Career Navigation at Goodwill Industries International (GII) and oversees post-secondary credential and skills attainment initiatives, collaborative partnerships and business engagement strategies, virtual services and mentoring initiatives. She is an innovative workforce development professional with more than 15 years of experience in the field. Her other areas of expertise include grants management, compliance monitoring, and systems development. Sonya’s work has resulted in replicated pay-for-performance welfare-to-work models replicated throughout the state of Georgia; increased employment and placement services for programs managed; and documented effective practices shared with member Goodwills. Sonya has led a number of peer learning events focused on building member competency on business engagement strategies and creating collaborative partnerships. She’s also been invited by partnering organizations to speak about Goodwill’s national business engagement strategies. Sonya has managed more than $40 million public and private investments supporting youth, women, older workers, and underrepresented populations. Sonya N. Francis received bachelors in Business Administration from Augusta State. A strong advocate for developing leadership skills in women, she has been a Girl Scout leader for girls ages 12-15 for over 20 years. She also served on the board of the Girl Scouts of Historic Georgia. In her spare time, Sonya enjoys do-it-yourself projects, cooking, and spending time with family and friends.

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Beth Simon

University of California, San Diego
Dr. Beth Simon is an Associate Teaching Professor in the Department of Education Studies. Her research interests lie in the areas of computing education and online and technology-enhanced teaching. Beth is currently involved in development of high school computing curriculum and the training and community needs of K-12 teachers wanting to bring computing education opportunities to their students. Previously, Beth has studied the impacts of evidence-based active learning practices (e.g., Peer Instruction) on student outcomes in higher education, student conceptions of computing concepts, and novice computing students’ self-efficacy. Beth is currently the Faculty Advisor for the Center for Digital Learning in the UCSD Teaching and Learning Commons where she supports faculty and instructional staff in the use of technology to support their educational efforts both on-campus and through MOOCs (Massive Open Online Courses).

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Joanne Meier

University of Virginia (UVA)

Joanne Meier, Ph.D. is an expert in curriculum and instruction. Meier has worked in a broad range of settings from top ranked business schools to elementary classrooms, providing guidance and expertise to a range of stakeholders. At UVA’s Darden School of Business, Meier is the Executive Director for Instructional Design and Assessment, where oversees teams focused on media and production, instructional design, and live studios. At the core of her work is a focus on designing and translating academic content into top tier digital and online programming. Meier previously served on the faculty at the University of Virginia’s Curry School of Education, and consulted for PBS and UVA’s McIntire School of Commerce. In addition to her teaching, Dr. Meier co-authored three literacy screening instruments, used today by over 17,000 PreK–grade 3 teachers in Virginia. Dr. Meier has conducted research and published in several professional journals.

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Sachin Mallapura Somasundar

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Sachin was born in a small village in southern India; have a bachelor's degree in Computer Science and working on his master's degree in Computer Science at University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign which is offered through Coursera.
"I am enjoying the program so far and very happy with the facilities and the way the program is organized and run. I am someone who enjoys solving issues by coming up with creative solutions for them. I enjoy meeting and working with a lot of different people. I like working around deadlines and getting things done. I have over ten years of experience in Software development. I work on the Banking, Finance and Credit Card Industry; have technical experience in C/C++, Java, assembly language, Python and other technologies. I like learning and working on new technologies and currently working on building an in-memory data grid for performing computations on huge volume of data in real-time. I moved to the States in 2010 and live in Phoenix, AZ; love hiking around the mountains here in the valley. Am an avid sports fan and follow Soccer, Cricket and Formula 1 very closely; also play a lot of pick-up soccer and cricket games".

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Morgan Ewen

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

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Hilde Segers

Eindhoven University of Technology
Hilde holds an Engineering degree (ir.) and a M.Sc. in Management from Leuven University. She first spent two years at the Antwerp University developing machine learning algorithms in the medical imaging domain. She subsequently worked as a data scientist in various industries before finding her true passion in the application of data science in the (online) education domain in 2015. She has since founded a company specialized in Leaning Analytics and is currently working as a Learning Analytics project manager for the Eindhoven University of Technology.

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Chris Palmatier

Coursera
Chris is a senior product designer at Coursera, transforming online education by designing authoring and administration tools for instructors, instructional designers, and other users at our university partners. He is also the design owner of our component library, helping keep design and front-end engineering aligned and looking good.

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Tony Wai Kit Fung

The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology (HKUST)

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Taeho Yu

University of Virginia (UVA)
Dr. Taeho Yu is an Assistant Professor of Instructional Design and Technology at the School of Continuing and Professional Studies (SCPS) at the University of Virginia. He has an expertise in instructional design and technology, teaching pedagogies and strategies, student retention, formative and summative evaluation, faculty development, student satisfaction and learning outcomes, competency-based learning, and course assessments. His research interests are in learning analytics and the learner’s perception, self-efficacy, and competencies on taking online learning courses. He is currently working on a scale development project to measure Student Online Learning Readiness (SOLR) focusing on social, communication, and technical competencies in online learning.

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Helen Ward

Imperial College London
Helen Ward is Professor of Public Health at Imperial College London. She is a clinical academic with 30 years experience in research, education and applied public health. Her international reputation is for research on the epidemiology and control of HIV and sexually transmitted infections. She regularly advises national and international bodies including ECDC, WHO, Gates’ Foundation, Public Health England, and is an NIHR Senior Investigator. She has published over 200 papers in peer reviewed journals, is a former editor of the BMJ journal Sexually Transmitted Infections and author of the Oxford Handbook of Epidemiology for Clinicians. Professor Ward also has a strong profile in education leadership; she is Director of Education in the School of Public Health at Imperial, and from 2014-16 she established the European graduate education programme of EIT Health, a multi-million Euro partnership of top European Universities and businesses. She is a member of the EIT Health Supervisory Board. 

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Sharon Kardia

University of Michigan
Dr. Sharon L. R. Kardia is the Senior Associate Dean for Administration and Millicent E. Higgins Collegiate Professor of Epidemiology at the University of Michigan School of Public Health. Dr. Kardia joined the faculty of U-M SPH in 1998 and served as Chair of the Department of Epidemiology from 2008 to 2012. She has over 30 years of experience in the genetic epidemiology of common chronic diseases and has authored over >300 publications.

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Robin Ajdari

HEC Paris
Robin Ajdari is the Chief Digital Officer at HEC Paris. He is leading the business school’s digital strategy and driving its transformation, with the aim to accelerate pedagogical innovation, enhance the Student experience and improve operational performance of the school, thank to Digital technologies. He is focusing on innovation, agility, and excellence to achieve this. As part of his role, Robin Ajdari is responsible for the Coursera partnership, one of the major initiatives for HEC Paris to grow in the field of online Education. Prior to his role at HEC, Robin Ajdari was in charge of Business Development in the “Business and Platform Solutions” division of Atos, working with Digital technologies experts on some of the largest global customers’ transformation challenges in the Manufacturing, Telecom and Public sectors. Robin Ajdari had also been the Chief Learning Officer of Atos from 2009 to 2015. During that time, he designed and implemented the corporate learning strategy of Atos, involving 80 Learning professionals, a Global Learning Management System containing vast e-learning libraries accessible anytime by 100,000 employees, and change management programs supporting the company’s major transformations and acquisitions. Robin Ajdari holds a master’s degree in Marketing & Sales Management from Cnam University of Paris (France).

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Jeff Woodward

Onlea
Jeff comes from a family of educators but has made his career in film and television. His work includes documentaries, features and short films. He's thrilled at the opportunity to bring his particular set of skills to the field of educational course production to help teachers and learners both get more out of their virtual classrooms.

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Andreas Cangellaris

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Andreas Cangellaris is the Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs and Provost at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Professor Cangellaris received his B.S. in Electrical Engineering from the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece in 1981, and his M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Electrical Engineering from the University of California, Berkeley, in 1983 and 1985, respectively. Following a two-year tenure as Senior Staff Engineer with the Electronics Engineering Department of General Motors Research Labs, he joined the faculty of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of Arizona in Tucson, AZ, in 1987. In 1997, he joined the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, as Professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering. His administrative career at the University of Illinois includes a two-year tenure as Associate Provost Fellow from 2006-2008, at which time he led the activities of a campus-wide committee to review and update the Campus’ Promotion and Tenure procedures. He became the M.E. Van Valkenburg Professor in Electrical and Computer Engineering in 2007. He served as head of the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering from 2009 until 2013 and then became Dean of the College of Engineering from 2013 to 2017.

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Alexander Kuptsov

Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology
Under the guidance of Alexander were developed: The first Russian MOOC on Coursera (2013) The first Russian specialization on Coursera "Machine learning and data analysis" (2016) More than 100 developed MOOCs, from which more than 40 for Coursera platform
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Christopher J. Martin

University of Pennsylvania
Chris is a Senior I.T Support Specialist & Multimedia Manager at the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia, where he specializes in online learning, live webcast production, I.T. support and consultation, and website building. Since 2012, he has worked with Professor Al Filreis to create and offer Modern and Contemporary Poetry (ModPo), one of Coursera's first courses, to more than 100,000 students. Known for its high levels of student engagement and retention, the course offers a very popular series of 10+ live webcasts each Fall. During these broadcasts, students around the world are given the opportunity to call, tweet and tune into the webcast to ask questions and have discussions directly with Professor Filreis and his teaching assistants. Chris and the team use the free webcasting platforms, YouTube Live and Facebook Live, to create and stream these broadcasts. To date, ModPo’s YouTube videos have been viewed more than 200,000 times.

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Adam Fein

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Adam Fein is the Assistant Provost for Educational Innovation and is involved in shaping campus strategy and providing campus-wide support for innovations in classroom and online education. He assists academic units with the development of new types of educational programs, especially online programs, guiding campus policies around online programs, and promoting the use of data-driven research and analytics to improve student learning outcomes. Adam received his Ph.D. in 2017 in Educational Policy, Organization & Leadership from the University of Illinois. His research focused on the examination of the cognitive theory of multimedia learning and the effects of disruptive innovation theory in higher education. Adam serves on the Coursera council and will be co-developing and co-teaching a MOOC later in 2018.

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James DeVaney

University of Michigan
James DeVaney is the Associate Vice Provost for Academic Innovation at the University of Michigan. In this role he provides leadership for the Office of Academic Innovation and strategic initiatives that span the institution. He provides strategic and operational oversight of a talented team of positive problem solvers that seek to create a culture of innovation in learning at U-M and unlock new opportunities for the U-M community and learners around the world. James serves on the Coursera Council and is responsible for U-M’s strategic partnership with Coursera. Prior to establishing a new model for academic R&D through the Office of Academic Innovation, James was a senior director at Huron Consulting Group where he co-founded the firm’s global education and digital education practices. In this role James worked with and provided strategic counsel to more than 50 universities across the Middle East, North Africa, Europe, Australia and North America. In addition to world-class research universities, James has advised startup colleges and universities, new educational ventures, international branch campuses, government agencies, national libraries, museums, think-tanks, social enterprise organizations, and K-12 focused nonprofits.

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Noni Korf

University of Michigan
Noni leads the teams responsible for learning experience design and media design at the Office of Academic Innovation. Creating outstanding experiential learning opportunities for residential, online, global, and life-long learners motivates her, and especially so when these opportunities also involve experimentation, research, and diverse teams. While "learning experience design" may be a new term for some, the ideas are rooted in the learner-centric aspects of instructional design and add on user experience design practices and insights from the behavioral sciences.

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Tony Hoang

McMaster University

Tony Hoang is currently a Digital Media Specialist working with the Paul R. MacPherson Institute at McMaster University. Tony has worked on a multitude of projects in eLearning over the past 6 years including McMaster's first MOOC Experiementation for Improvement. He also worked on Barbara Oakley's latest course Mindshift. Tony works as a freelance photographer and cinematographer.

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Anjuli Gupta

Coursera
Anjuli Gupta is a Principal on Coursera’s University Partnerships team who is responsible for Coursera’s relationship with University of Illinois. Anjuli joined Coursera in 2014 and has been working on MOOC-based degree programs since 2016. Prior to Coursera, Anjuli launched three non-profit programs in global health and community health. She spent several years at the Boston Consulting Group and Innosight, an innovation firm co-founded by Clayton Christensen. Anjuli holds a B.A. and a B.S. from U.C. Berkeley, and an MBA from MITSloan.

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John Hart

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

John C. Hart is Professor and Director of Online and Professional Programs in the Department of Computer Science, and the Executive Associate Dean of the Graduate College of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He designed, launched and directs the Master of Computer Science in Data Science program, an innovative new online masters degree program in data science offered by the University of Illinois through the Coursera MOOC platform, where his “Data Visualization” MOOC has been taken by over 120,000 students.

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Charles Severance

University of Michigan
Charles is a Clinical Associate Professor and teaches in the School of Information at the University of Michigan. He is the Chair of the Sakai Project Magament Committee (PMC). Previously he was the Executive Director of the Sakai Foundation and the Chief Architect of the Sakai Project and worked with the IMS Global Learning Consortium promoting and developing standards for teaching and learning technology. Charles teaches ten popular MOOCs and two specializations to students worldwide on the Coursera platform: Internet History, Technology, and Security, Web Applications for Everybody, and Python for Everybody and is a long-time advocate of open educational resources to empower teachers.

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Phil Regier

Arizona State University
Phil Regier, PhD, is university dean for educational initiatives and CEO of EdPlus at Arizona State University. Regier is responsible for expanding the university’s digital immersion program and advancing the university’s leadership role in education innovation.
During his tenure as dean, the fully online student population grew from 400 to more than 28,000, and the number of online degree programs grew from six to 150 as of Fall 2017.

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Matt McGarrity

University of Washington
Dr. Matt McGarrity is a Principal Lecturer in the Communication Department at the University of Washington in Seattle. He teaches classes on public speaking, argumentation, political humor, communication education, and the history of rhetoric. He founded and continues to direct the University of Washington Speaking Center. He has won a number of teaching awards, including UW’s Distinguished Teaching Award, Toastmaster’s Communications & Leadership Award, and the National Speakers’ Association’s Outstanding Professor Award. Matt teaches the four courses in UW's public speaking specialization. He's been building and teaching MOOCs on Coursera since 2013.

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Jose Escamilla

Tecnológico de Monterrey (ITESM)
José Escamilla is the director of TecLabs - Learning Reimagine, Tecnologico de Monterrey disrruptive innovation unit whose objective is finding out how higher education will be in 2030. He was the Dean of the Graduate School of Education. Has worked in the use of technologies in educational, artificial intelligence in education and other educational innovation projects. He holds a Computer Science engineering Degree from Tecnologico de Monterrey, and a PhD in Artificial Intelligence from Institut Polytechnique de Grenoble.

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Sukaina Walji

University of Cape Town
Sukaina Walji works as an Online Education Project Manager at the Centre for Innovation in Learning & Teaching at the University of Cape Town. She was the Project Manager of the MOOC Implementation team that launched the university's first open online courses on Coursera. Her research interests include online learning design, MOOCs, Open Educational Practices and Higher Education models. Her academic and professional background spans digital media, communications and e-learning.

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Colleen van Lent

University of Michigan
Colleen van Lent is a Lecturer IV at the University of Michigan School of Information, where she teaches various technology-oriented courses including introductory programming and Web development. She developed a five course Web Design for Everybody (Basics of Web Development and Coding) Specialization in 2015.

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Allison Fink

Coursera
Allison is a Senior Product Manager on the Growth team at Coursera. Her team focuses on building tools to bring new learners into degrees and for-credit credentials. Previously at Coursera, Allison was a Partnership Manager for North American and European partner universities.

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My Tran

PwC
My specializes in designing and leading complex learning solutions in uncertain environments and new ventures. My has 9 years of business experience with PwC across the core assurance and learning and development functions, focusing on organizational development and change-management initiatives. My was the program lead of PwC’s first data analytics MOOCs on Coursera and led the design of the 15-hour capstone course culminating the Specialization. In her current Learning Architect role, My develops holistic learning solutions to address business issues, leveraging and integrating the necessary resources, tools, technologies and analytics to culminate in an effective, innovative learning experience. In her prior role as the L&D Market Leader for the San Francisco Bay Area, she was responsible for the effective market learning roll-out strategies developed through understanding market learning gaps and needs. My is active in her community as a volunteer consultant for the Meals on Wheels of Alameda County – Board of Directors. She was also selected as the commencement speaker for her graduation from Golden Gate University where she earned her MA in Industrial/Organizational psychology. My also holds a BBA and MPA from The University of Texas at Austin and is a CPA in Texas and California.

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Kara Anderson

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
An alumnus of the University of Illinois iMBA, Kara Anderson is a National Sales Manager, Emerging Markets at Parchment, an Education Technology company based in Scottsdale. Prior to her role at Parchment, Kara was a journalist who, in partnership with her husband, followed a passion for triathlon to build a successful brick-and-mortar and online retail business. The two also co-founded what grew to become the nation’s largest online wetsuit business. The Andersons later sold both entities and Kara moved into business development, where she displayed a passion and expertise for problem solving and leveraging relationships to drive business results.

A graduate of Arizona State University’s Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication, Kara had been researching master’s degrees for more than a decade but balked at the price tag of traditional programs. She turned down admission into a $68,000 online MBA, and was soon thereafter introduced to the University of Illinois iMBA through Coursera. Kara was admitted into the program’s inaugural cohort and completed her degree in December 2017.

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Arshad Saiyed

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Arshad Saiyed is the Executive Director of online programs for the Gies College of Business at Illinois. He is an entrepreneur in higher education and has been with the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign for more than 15 years. While at Illinois, he has been engaged in several strategic initiatives in online business and professional education, helping identify new markets and business models, develop innovative delivery platforms for online education, design and structure complex and nationally renowned online programs, and build the digital infrastructure of those programs. Arshad played a key role in conceptualizing, creating, and implementing the first-of-its-kind MOOC-based online MBA (iMBA). Arshad Saiyed holds an engineering degree from Gujarat University, and an MBA from the University of Illinois.

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Alexander Kuptsov

Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology
Under the guidance of Alexander were developed: The first Russian MOOC on Coursera (2013) The first Russian specialization on Coursera "Machine learning and data analysis" (2016) More than 100 developed MOOCs, from which more than 40 for Coursera platform
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Jeremy Taylor

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Jeremy works on a small team of software developers who develop, test and deploy cloud based microservices. He is also a graduate student pursuing his Masters in Computer Science - Data Science degree at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

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Quentin McAndrew

University of Colorado Boulder
Dr. McAndrew serves as the Provost's Office's representative for the development, negotiation, and management of major academic initiatives and partnerships at the University of Colorado Boulder, both nationally and internationally. She has been a key member of the team setting CU Boulder's strategy for MOOCs for the past three years, and she currently directs all MOOC efforts on campus, including non-credit and for-credit initiatives; CU Boulder's MOOC development team reports to her. In addition, Dr. McAndrew conceived of and designed the Coursera non-credit specialization, Effective Communication, and serves as the instructor for Business Writing in that offering. Previously, Dr. McAndrew served as Assistant Dean of the Graduate School at CU Boulder, where she led development of new professional graduate programs. She teaches American literature and business writing on campus and has won awards for original research and writing. Dr. McAndrew brings more than a decade of high-level corporate experience to the University. Her professional background comprises strategic business development, new product development, marketing, and client relationship management. Dr. McAndrew holds a B.A. and M.A. from Stanford University and a Ph.D. from the University of Colorado Boulder, all in English.
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Registration and Breakfast

08:00 AM 08:30 AM Foyer of Student Pavillion (400 E. Orange Street Tempe, AZ 85287) for registration. Senita Ballroom B & C for breakfast.

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Welcome Remarks

08:30 AM 09:00 AM Senita Ballroom A (Ballroom in Student Pavilion)

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Keynote Address from Sean Gallagher: The Future of Credentials

09:00 AM 09:30 AM Senita Ballroom A (Ballroom in Student Pavilion)

We are delighted to welcome Sean Gallagher, founder and Executive Director of Northeastern University’s Center for the Future of Higher Education and Talent Strategy, and Executive Professor of Educational Policy, to share insights from his recent book, The Future of University Credentials: New Developments at the Intersection of Higher Education and Hiring. Drawing from his experience launching growth initiatives and degree programs, Sean will discuss higher education’s role in reaching across boundaries to ensure that any learner, regardless of their circumstances, can access the transformative learning experiences they need for success.

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Keynote Address from Jeff Maggioncalda: Beyond the Campus Walls

09:30 AM 10:15 AM Senita Ballroom A (Ballroom in Student Pavilion)

The future of work is the future of learning. Deep partnerships between universities and industry are the key to achieving transformational outcomes for today’s lifelong learners. Join Coursera CEO Jeff Maggioncalda to learn about the results we’re already achieving, as well as the investments we’re making to ensure that the learning experiences we offer together are more impactful than ever.

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Coffee and Tea Break

10:15 AM 10:45 AM Senita Ballroom B & C (located in the Student Pavilion)

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Product Plenary: Building a Platform for Your Worldwide Campus

10:45 AM 11:45 AM Senita Ballroom A (Ballroom in Student Pavilion)

Join Coursera's product leadership team for an in-depth look at the platform’s newest features. From innovative high-quality degree features and new microcredentials, to enhancements to help broader reach and discovery, you will hear more about the team’s agenda for the rest of the year to deliver transformative learning at scale. We'll also reflect on the progress we've made and the lessons we’ve learned since last year. This is your chance to learn what we’re doing to build a world where anyone, anywhere to transform their lives through learning.

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Lunch

11:45 AM 01:00 PM Senita Ballroom B & C (located in the Student Pavilion)

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Provost Forum

01:00 PM 02:00 PM Senita Ballroom A (Ballroom in Student Pavilion)

Hear from a distinguished panel of provosts from Coursera partner institutions in a lively Q&A on the changing landscape of online learning and strategies for creating high-impact online programs. Now more than ever, we’re all in a position to serve the learners of the future — this discussion will give us a taste of what the future looks like as these schools work to serve a world of learners beyond the campus walls.

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Breakout #1

02:30 PM 03:45 PM

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Make an Impact: Social Change & Online Learning

02:30 PM 03:45 PM Cochise (Memorial Union, Second Floor)

Online courses can equip learners to help create a more just, inclusive, and sustainable world. Hear stories about getting learners ready to tackle problems like natural disasters and the opioid crisis with short, just-in-time learning opportunities. Explore how partners are working together to inspire action around the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals. You’ll leave feeling inspired and empowered to turn your own ideas into action through online teaching and learning.

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Course Teams Track

Video Production: Quality and Scale

02:30 PM 03:45 PM Pima (Memorial Union, Second Floor)

Online streaming networks like Netflix, Amazon, and Hulu are redefining our relationship to online media. What matters most to today’s audiences? What priorities should we keep in mind as we author new learning experiences? What types of challenges arise when production scales? Join us for this discussion with top course producers and learn the most cost efficient ways to maximize the quality of your content.


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Data Track

Leveraging Data on 100 Million Enrollments to Help Learners Succeed

02:30 PM 03:45 PM Alumni Lounge (Memorial Union, Second Floor)

Come here the latest insights shaping our understanding of who our learners are and what they need to succeed. Get an inside look at Coursera’s search, discovery, and recommendation features, and find out how our skills graph matches learners with the right content to reach their goals. Be the first to hear about our new innovations to measure and track learners’ skill development. And learn how to implement simple research-based strategies to enhance learner success by increasing confidence, empathy, and belonging.

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Administrator Track

Co-Creating the Future: Building new credentials on Coursera

02:30 PM 03:45 PM Turquoise Room (Memorial Union, Second Floor)

Stackability is transforming the world of online learning by allowing learners to gain access to hands-on training that can build towards a career-transforming outcome. Come hear from partners who are working to extend their diverse portfolio of learning experiences onto Coursera.

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Breakout #2

04:00 PM 05:15 PM

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Bringing the Benefits of Online Courses Back to Campus

04:00 PM 05:15 PM Cochise (Memorial Union, Second Floor)

Online content isn’t just for online learners — it can also be a valuable resource for on-campus students, alumni, and staff. The online course creation experience can yield insights that change your way of thinking about classroom teaching. Hear stories and learn tips from partners that use online content to enhance on-campus teaching. You’ll also learn about online courses that serve diverse audiences in their institutions’ academic community.

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Course Teams Track

Advanced Strategies for Experienced Course Teams

04:00 PM 05:15 PM Pima (Memorial Union, Second Floor)

Have you created a course on Coursera before? Are you an experienced Coursera partner? If the answer is “yes,” this is the session is for you. Hear about ways to create transformational online courses that grab the attention of a global learner community. Join the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania to discuss ways in making learning a delightful lifelong adventure.

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Data Track

Apply Cutting-Edge Online Course Research to Improve Content

04:00 PM 05:15 PM Alumni Lounge (Memorial Union, Second Floor)

When you use Coursera, you get access to an in-depth view into everything that’s happening with your content. Join this session to learn to take advantage of the wealth of data at your fingertips. Get tips on ways to work with your completion rate data as well as your ratings and reviews. Learn to tune out the noise, find the signal, and make data-driven decisions about your course offerings.

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Connect to Collaborate: Bringing together University and Industry Partners

04:00 PM 05:15 PM Turquoise Room (Memorial Union, Second Floor)

Hear firsthand how content creation partnerships are creating value for learners, universities, and companies. Discuss ways to integrate industry and academic learning programs and strategies for designing learning experiences based on real-world projects. After introductions, the session will be dedicated to speed networking! Take this opportunity to chat about successful university-industry collaborations. You just might find a new content creation partner for your next course or Specialization!

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Poster Session

05:30 PM 06:30 PM Ventana Ballroom (Memorial Union, Second Floor)

See what your fellow Coursera Partners have been developing, learning, and innovating on over the past year.

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Special Welcome Reception hosted by Arizona State University President Michael M. Crow

06:30 PM 08:00 PM Old Main Lawn of the ASU Tempe campus (400 E Tyler Mall, Tempe, AZ 85281)

We look forward to seeing you on Tuesday, March 6, for a special welcome reception hosted by Arizona State University President Michael M. Crow. We will gather from 6:30-8 p.m., on the Old Main Lawn of the ASU Tempe campus (400 E Tyler Mall, Tempe, AZ 85281), to enjoy good company and hospitality as our conference gets underway.

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Registration and Breakfast

08:00 AM 08:30 AM Senita Ballroom B & C (located in the Student Pavilion)

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Welcome Remarks

08:30 AM 08:45 AM Senita Ballroom A

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Keynote Address from Mariam Kakkar: Enabling Cultural Transformation Through Continuous Learning

08:45 AM 09:15 AM Senita Ballroom A

Mariam Kakkar, Chief of the Talent Development Unit at the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), will discuss how learning and development initiatives are transforming the UNDP. How do you effectively develop employees globally in over 170 locations, or provide fast-track learning experiences to employees in Haiti after natural disasters like an earthquake? With 13+ years of experience as a leader at organizations like UNICEF and the UN Population Fund, Mariam will discuss how access to learning creates transformational opportunities for the United Nations and their employees.

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Coffee and Tea Break

09:15 AM 09:45 AM Senita Ballroom B & C (located in the Student Pavilion)

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Keynote Address from Larry DeBrock: The new face-to-face: Making the virtual real with high engagement

09:45 AM 10:15 AM Senita Ballroom A

We are excited to welcome Larry DeBrock, Dean Emeritus and Professor of Finance at the Gies College of Business at the University of Illinois Urbana Champaign, to share his experience from 38 years in the classroom to teaching online in the iMBA. The iMBA is the first MOOC based Masters of Business Administration degree program, described as a “breakthrough” by Poets and Quants. Drawing on decades of educational leadership and his innovative work as an instructor, Larry will discuss opportunities for all of us to help drive the advancements in pedagogy that will support the learners of the future.

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Breakout #3

10:45 AM 12:00 PM

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Production, Pedagogy, and Promotion Workshop

10:45 AM 12:00 PM Cochise (Memorial Union, Second Floor)

Join this hands-on workshop to learn about moving from traditional classroom learning to online and blended learning. Veteran Coursera instructors will share lessons from their experiences teaching in the classroom and on Coursera. If you’re looking for an honest overview of what works, what doesn’t work, and how much time it takes to put a course online, this workshop is for you.

Workshop participants are highly encouraged to download the one month free trial of Camtasia software on their PCs prior to the workshop and bring their laptops to the session. The link to the Camtasia download page is here.



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Course Teams Track

A Course Producer’s Guide to Navigating Internal Systems

10:45 AM 12:00 PM Pima (Memorial Union, Second Floor)

Online course producers shoulder many responsibilities. From building consensus among stakeholders, providing guidance to professors, or launching courses on-time and on-budget, there’s always more to do. In this session, you’ll learn from others’ successes and failures. This session is for producers and their vital role in promoting innovation in online learning.

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Data Track

Supercharge Your Courses through Data Exploration

10:45 AM 12:00 PM Alumni Lounge (Memorial Union, Second Floor)

Take part in a deep-dive into Coursera’s learning analytics tools. Coursera’s Data Science and Teaching & Learning teams will share exciting updates about all-new data tools available on Coursera to track learner progression. Partners will share their preferred techniques for gleaning actionable insights from Coursera data to improve course pedagogy. They’ll also demonstrate how they empower non-researchers with key data to drive online learning best practices and apply these findings in your own content.

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Administrator Track

High Quality at Scale: Breakthrough Innovations in Online Degrees

10:45 AM 12:00 PM Turquoise Room (Memorial Union, Second Floor)

Our degree cohorts have more than doubled over the past year, and that’s just a fraction of the thousands of learners looking for top-quality and affordable online degree programs. Hear how our degree partners are working to meet these needs through innovative programs. Explore some of the lessons we’ve learned in 2017 and learn more about our vision for degrees on Coursera for 2018 and beyond.

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Lunch

12:00 PM 01:15 PM Senita Ballroom B & C (located in the Student Pavilion)

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Breakout #4

01:15 PM 02:30 PM

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High-Touch Learning, and How to Scale it

01:15 PM 02:30 PM Cochise (Memorial Union, Second Floor)

When university credit is at stake, how do you build a course with a pedagogically robust learning experience at a scale that can benefit learners around the world? Learn from people who are finding ways to create rich high-touch learning experiences using Coursera and other tools.

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Course Teams Track

Developing Meaningful Courses on a Budget

01:15 PM 02:30 PM Pima (Memorial Union, Second Floor)

Explore how four different course teams leveraged limited resources to bring important stories to life. We’ll learn about a course that succeeded in building awareness about transgender and gender non-conforming topics. We’ll also dive into how one team created an innovative approach to teacher training, as well as a new game development course that shifts the distinction between theory and practice. Meanwhile, we will explore how you can utilize standardized process, tools and vendors to accelerate your content production on a budget!

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Tips and Tricks to Design Your Own Research

01:15 PM 02:30 PM Alumni Lounge (Memorial Union, Second Floor)

Learn how Coursera empowers cutting-edge research efforts at our partner institutions. Coursera’s Data Science & Partner Services teams will share our latest advancements in research tooling, data, and community, and preview what’s to come throughout 2018 - this session is ideal for data coordinators, researchers, and instructional designers who are excited to dive in experiments of their own. Plus, hear from some of our current research partners and participate in hands-on activities to explore new tooling and data for yourself.

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Administrator Track

How Learners Can Succeed in Today’s Economy

01:15 PM 02:30 PM Turquoise Room (Memorial Union, Second Floor)

How can organizations and governments keep up with massive training needs in every corner of the world? Join representatives from organizations participating in Coursera for Business and Coursera for Governments & Nonprofits to see how the courses you create are developing tomorrow’s workforce.

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Breakout #5

02:45 PM 04:00 PM

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Market Your Content: How to Reach More Learners

02:45 PM 04:00 PM Pima (Memorial Union, Second Floor)

Hear about new ways to publicize and position online courses, Specializations, and degrees. See how instructors and course teams are starting high-impact partnerships with marketing experts on campus. Get expert advice on how to leverage your tools and channels. Learn tactics for alumni outreach, email, social media, and search engine marketing. Obtain the skills and strategies you need to build your audience and get your course to as many learners as possible.

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Improve Learner Outcomes Through Behavioral and Pedagogical Interventions

02:45 PM 04:00 PM Alumni Lounge (Memorial Union, Second Floor)

How can we make online learning more effective and impactful for each individual learner? Join this in-depth session to find out. We’ll examine research and product development work that seeks to unlock new pathways for online learning innovation. We’ll also hear results and conclusions from exciting projects researching engagement and retention in online learning.

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Administrator Track

Experiments with Microcredentials

02:45 PM 04:00 PM Turquoise Room (Memorial Union, Second Floor)

This session explores the fast-changing world of microcredentials and how partners are leveraging online courses to equip learners for success. From integrating for-credit open online courses into university curricula to the process of offering credit for courses from inside and outside your institution, this panel will discuss best practices for creating a spectrum of stackable credentials.

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Student Perspectives: Community & Connection in Online Degrees

02:45 PM 04:00 PM Cochise Room (Memorial Union, Second Floor)

Can online degree programs offer the same sense of community that students feel on-campus? Hear from current students in University of Illinois online degree programs as they share how they’re building relationships with classmates, faculty, and staff.

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Breakout #6

04:15 PM 05:30 PM

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Networking Session with Coursera’s Product Leaders

04:15 PM 05:30 PM Alumni Lounge (Memorial Union, Second Floor)

Come and connect with the instructors and course teams who make it possible to learn on Coursera. Share your goals and the lessons you’ve learned along the way. Get to know your peers on a deeper level. This is your opportunity to connect with the vibrant community of people who are working to encourage learning beyond the campus walls.
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Administrator Networking Session

04:15 PM 05:30 PM Turquoise Room (Memorial Union, Second Floor)

Is there a topic from this track that deserves a deep dive? Do you have questions or ideas to discuss with your peers? Join this structured networking session to connect with peers and leaders at Coursera about how you can create transformative learning experiences at scale.
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A Conversation for Industry Partners

04:15 PM 05:30 PM Gold Room (Memorial Union, Second Floor)

How does your company train and enable your ecosystem? How do you view the evolution of credentials? What learner needs are emerging and what opportunities are arising for better engaging your target individuals? Join the industry partnership team and other Coursera's industry partners for an open discussion on new ways to develop future talent for your ecosystem.
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Closing Remarks & Outstanding Educator Awards with Andrew Ng

05:45 PM 06:30 PM Senita Ballroom A

Join us as we mark the end of the Partners Conference with the third annual Coursera Outstanding Educator Awards. Andrew Ng, Co-founder of Coursera will share reflections from a number of the topics we’ve discussed at this year’s conference. We’ll also honor the incredible impact our partner community makes as they transform lives through education. We’ll also reflect on this year’s conference and our shared mission.
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Dinner

06:30 PM 08:30 PM Senita Ballroom B & C (located in the Student Pavilion)

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Partner Meetings

08:00 AM 05:00 PM