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Using MOOCs in a Global Context - Panelist Bios

Using MOOCs in a Global Context - Panelist Bios

MOOCs have received a tremendous amount of publicity recently with much discussion about how they will transform higher education. Many questions remain, however, concerning exactly how effective MOOCs will be and how best they can be used. This panel will explore the current state of MOOCs and examine various methods and techniques that might be implemented to take advantage of MOOCs with a specific view on how MOOCs can be utilized in a global context.

Paul Kruchoski (Moderator) - U.S. Department of State

Paul Kruchoski is Special Assistant for Policy in the U.S. Department of State's Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, where he helps to coordinate the Department's academic exchange programs in Middle East and North Africa and use of innovative educational technologies, including Open Educational Resources and Massively Open Online Courses. He leads the Department's efforts on the Open Book Project, a partnership to increase the availability of Arabic-language Open Educational Resources. He previously coordinated the Department's policy on UN education and youth issues. Paul was one of the major contributors to the State Department’s Youth Policy, which reshaped how the State Department engages youth around the world. In his career at the State Department, he has covered issues ranging from U.S. re-engagement with the UN Human Rights Council to the 2010 Earthquake in Haiti. Paul is a graduate of the University of Cincinnati. Outside of his work, Paul is an accomplished cellist, having performed at the Kennedy Center and as a soloist with the New Mexico Symphony Orchestra. He is the incoming curator of the Global Shapers Hub in Washington, DC.

Paul Berman - George Washington University Law School

Paul Schiff Berman currently serves as the Vice Provost for Online Education and Academic Innovation at The George Washington University, as well as the Manatt/Ahn Professor of Law at GW Law School. From 2008 to 2013 he was Dean first at Arizona State University's Sandra Day O'Connor College of Law and then at The George Washington University Law School. Prior to 2008, Professor Berman served as the Jesse Root Professor of Law at the University of Connecticut School of Law and as a Visiting Professor and Visiting Research Scholar at Princeton University.  His most recent book, Global Legal Pluralism: A Jurisprudence of Law Beyond Borders, was published by Cambridge University Press in 2012, and he is also co-author of one of the leading casebooks to explore legal issues surrounding online activity. 

Lee Rubenstein - edX

Lee Rubenstein is edX Vice President of Business Development at edX,  and leads edX’s international,non-university engagements including commercial, government, and NGO opportunities.  Lee is a recognized industry leader successfully building and leading both start-ups and world ranked global experiential, communication, and online learning companies.  He has been providing strategy and solutions serving both global and Fortune100 clients for over 20 years.  He was also on the senior executive team that transformed TrainingNet and TrainingServer into the THINQ LMS solution, which was later acquired by Saba.  THINQ counted various US Federal Government divisions as customers including the U.S. Navy. 

Most recently he has served as advisor to several companies in the digital entertainment, event, and learning space. Until 2011 Lee was President and COO of TBA Global, a world ranked marketing and custom learning company.  He has been lead executive or founding officer at number of successful companies, including EVP and President of Citigate BroadStreet (acquired by Huntsworth LLC); Caribiner International (acquired by Interpublic Group), and Editel. 

Nick Martin - TechChange

Nick Martin is founder and president of TechChange, a DC-based social enterprise that has developed a unique, scalable, and interactive model for online training in international development. With courses ranging from mHealth to financial literacy to open government, TechChange uses a mobile-friendly, MOOC-ready learning management system that includes low-bandwidth support, live video streaming, social media integration, game mechanics, translation support, security and more.

To date, TechChange has prepared over 2,500 alumni from over 100 countries to apply technology effectively and appropriately in response to global challenges. TechChange has also worked with a number of organizations including the World Bank, USAID, State Department and the UN Foundation to deliver custom online and hybrid courses to audiences around the world.  

The TechChanage approach to online learning has been featured in the Economist, Fast Company, PBS NewsHour and a number of other publications and Nick was selected as a PopTech Social Innovation Fellow and an International Youth Foundation Global Fellow for his work as a social entrepreneur. Nick is also an adjunct faculty member at George Washington University Elliott School where he teaches courses on technology for crisis response and mobile phones for international development. He holds degrees from Swarthmore College and the United Nations University for Peace (UPEACE).

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