Jennifer Griffin Chesney is a Founder of Onlea, leading the growth and strategic business development of Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) and digital learning experiences for academia and industry.Read Full Bio
Jennifer Griffin Chesney is a Founder of Onlea, leading the growth and strategic business development of Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) and digital learning experiences for academia and industry. She also serves as the Associate Vice-President of University Digital Strategy at the University of Alberta, the first such unit in a Canadian university whose research and applied focus in on the convergence of the web, digital learning, mobile, and social media in student-centered products and experiences.
Jennifer co-chaired the Canadian landmark joint-development, research-based relationships between US online course providers, Udacity and Coursera with the University of Alberta. As co-Executive Producer at UAlberta of the world’s first paleobiology MOOC, Dino 101, she oversaw the creation of MOOC 2.0, a holistic approach to interactive learning engagement that resulted in more than tripling the average completion rates for MOOCs, successful incremental monetization streams, and set a new bar in digital learning quality.
Jennifer is a digital product development & marketing innovator with over a decade of executive management of research & development teams in industry and academia. Her previous 20 years of digital business and technology strategy roles include leading Customer Strategies, R&D, Product Development and Analytics units at firms in Vancouver and Edmonton as well as serving as Vice President, Institutional Securities Marketing at Morgan Stanley in New York City. In 1998, she founded and was CEO of one of the first open source virtual media companies, NewsTrolls, Inc. Jennifer received her M.M., Yale University, B.M., Indiana University, and is a classically trained musician.
Jonathan Schaeffer is a Founder of Onlea, leading the research and analysis opportunities for Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) and digital learning experiences for academia and industry.Read Full Bio
Jonathan Schaeffer is a Founder of Onlea, leading the research and analysis opportunities for Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) and digital learning experiences for academia and industry. He brings the senior university administration perspective to the online revolution swirling around Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs). MOOCs will disrupt post-secondary education (and other sectors): it is not a question of “if” but “when”. Jonathan is concerned with addressing the academic issues that are technical, historical, and psychological impediments to the radical shakeup to education that is coming.
At the University of Alberta, Jonathan is currently the Dean of Science, and previously served as the Associate Vice President and Vice Provost for Information Technology. He is a professor in Computing Science. His research is in the area of artificial intelligence, inventing algorithms that facilitate computers creating the illusion of intelligence. Much of his research has been demonstrated using games. The checkers-playing program Chinook was the first computer to win a human world championship (1994), a feat recognized in the Guinness Book of World Records and appearing as a question on the television show Jeopardy! and the popular board game Trivial Pursuit. In 2007 he announced that checkers was solved — the result is a draw given perfect play. He has helped develop superhuman programs at poker (two-player limit Texas Hold’em — also in the Guinness Book of World Records). Since 1999, his research group has been developing new ideas for the video game industry.
Jonathan received his B.Sc. from the University of Toronto (1979) and his M.Math and Ph.D. degrees from the University of Waterloo (1980 and 1986). Since 1984, he has been at the University of Alberta. He is a former Canada Research Chair, iCORE Chair, and NSERC E.W.R. Steacie Fellow. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada and of the Association for the Advancement of Artificial Intelligence.
Glen R. Loppnow is a Founder of Onlea, leading the transformation of learning effectiveness and teaching innovation in Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) and digital learning experiences for academia and industry.Read Full Bio
Glen R. Loppnow is a Founder of Onlea, leading the transformation of learning effectiveness and teaching innovation in Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) and digital learning experiences for academia and industry. He promotes a diversity of learning opportunities for students as the inaugural Associate Dean for Learning and Innovation in the Faculty of Science and as a Vargo Teaching Chairholder at the University of Alberta.
Glen has served on the Executives and Boards of Directors of both national and international teaching and learning societies and has consulted for universities across Canada on the development of innovative student programming. He is a recipient of the prestigious Canada-wide 3M National Teaching Fellowship (2009), as well as teaching and research awards from the University of Alberta, including a McCalla Professorship (2009), and a Rutherford Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching (2008).
Glen received a BSc in chemistry and an MSc in analytical chemistry at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Troy, NY, a PhD in biophysical chemistry at the University of California, Berkeley, and completed an NIH post-doctoral fellowship at Princeton University. In his research career as a professor in Chemistry at the University of Alberta, Glen has focused on developing new spectroscopic probes of nucleic acid damage and characterizing the ultrafast molecular dynamics in DNA, vision and photosynthesis. Glen is also a professional photographer.
The University of Alberta is a Founder of Onlea, participating in the formation of this independent, not-for-profit spinoff company focused on the production of high-quality, engaging, effective digital courses that enhance the ability of teachers to teach, and of learners to learn.Read Full Bio
The University of Alberta is a Founder of Onlea, participating in the formation of this independent, not-for-profit spinoff company focused on the production of high-quality, engaging, effective digital courses that enhance the ability of teachers to teach, and of learners to learn. The University of Alberta is a leading post-secondary institution in integrating in-person classroom presentation with emerging digital teaching and learning techniques. It is widely recognized for excellence in teaching and has a keen interest in formulating and advancing new pedagogical frameworks.
The University of Alberta supports the principle that creation of successful spinoffs is a university objective, and envisions that Onlea’s forward-thinking tools and digital learning experiences will be for use by the University and for other post-secondary, industry, community service, and K-12 clients in Canada and internationally.
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