Jonathan Finkelstein, Founder and CEO, Credly
Jonathan Finkelstein is founder and CEO of Credly, a leading digital credential service provider which enables organizations to recognize, reward and market skills, competencies and certifications. Previously, as founder of LearningTimes, Jonathan helped mission-driven organizations produce and launch innovative online programs, products and platforms that impacted the lives of millions of learners. Jonathan was also a co-founder and led product strategy at HorizonLive (acquired by Blackboard). He is author of Learning in Real Time (Wiley), co-author of a report for the US Department of Education on the potential for digital badges, and a frequent speaker on digital credentials and the future of learning and workforce development. The son of New York City public school teachers, Jonathan graduated with honors from Harvard University.
Fiona Hollands, Associate Director and Senior Researcher at the Center for Benefit-Cost Studies of Education at Teachers College, Columbia University
Fiona Hollands is the Associate Director and Senior Researcher at the Center for Benefit-Cost Studies of Education at Teachers College, Columbia University. Fiona has conducted research and evaluation in education for almost 20 years, primarily on the impact of technology on teaching and learning. More recently she has been studying the costs and cost-effectiveness of a variety of educational interventions including online and blended learning. Recent studies focused on MOOCs, on automated detectors of affect and engagement, and on EdTech decision-making in higher education. She also led a team that recently launched a free online tool, CostOut, to help other researchers and education decision-makers estimate the costs and cost- effectiveness of educational programs. Fiona earned a B.A. Honours Degree in Pure and Applied Biology from Oxford University, England, an M.A. Degree in Sociology and Education, and a Ph.D. in Politics and Education, both from Teachers College, Columbia University.