Forum on World Class IT - 311 Interviews and Podcasts

Welcome to the Forum on World Class IT podcast series, a collection of exclusive interviews with Chief Information Officers and other IT industry thought leaders. Learn from the experts on how best to establish a truly World Class IT organization.

Podcast tags Archives: Education Technology Innovation

Daphne Koller, Co-Founder and Co-Chief Executive Officer of Coursera

In this interview, Daphe Koller,co-founder and co-CEO of Coursera, discusses World Class IT principle four, IT & Business Partnerships, with Metis Strategy. Some of the topics discussed include:

  • The genesis of the idea behind Coursera
  • How Coursera differentiates itself from other MOOCs by facilitating a “social” aspect to learning
  • The competitive landscape, business strategy, and KPIs for Coursera
  • The promise that education technology and MOOCs have in transforming education around the world
  • Eye on the Trends: Internationalization of content and enabling of mobile solutions so students have access to the material even if they are not in class 24/7. Coursera intends to expand internationally, given only a third of its current students are from the US

Mike Feerick, CEO and Founder of ALISON

In this interview, Mike Feerick, Founder and CEO of ALISON, discusses World Class IT principle four, IT & Business Partnerships, with Metis Strategy. Some of the topics discussed include:

  • The strategy behind ALISON’s focus on corporate and vocational training content online
  • ALISON’s revenue model and and key performance indicators used
  • How ALISON functions as a filter for the content that exists online in the vocational space
  • The promise that education technology and MOOCs have in transforming education around the world
  • Eye on the Trends: There will be great emphasis on skills-based hiring in the future, a departure from the traditional route that heavily weights an applicant’s college or university name, and ALISON is positioning itself to provide employers with such candidates

Salman Khan, Executive Director and Founder of Khan Academy

In this interview, Salman Khan, Executive Director and Founder of Khan Academy, a leader in online education, discusses World Class IT principle four, IT-Business Partnerships, with Metis Strategy. Some of the topics discussed include:

  • The genesis of the idea behind Khan Academy
  • Khan Academy’s aim to fill skill and knowledge gaps but not to compete with or replace the physical classroom
  • Khan Academy’s revenue model and examples of performance metrics used
  • How Khan Academy scales and develops its team
  • Eye on the Trends: Khan Academy, like other MOOCs, will further enable access to the best education and push for a competency based education and hiring system – a departure from the current setup that give excessive importance to an institute’s brand name

Anant Agarwal, President of edX

In this interview, Anant Agarwal, President of edX, a prominent MOOC, discusses World Class IT principle four, IT-Business Partnerships, with Metis Strategy. Some of the topics discussed include:

  • The genesis of the idea behind edX
  • Four aspects that make edX different from the other MOOCs
  • How edX benefits both its university partners and other universities unaffiliated with edX
  • edX’s KPIs
  • edX’s new strategic forays in to content for Advanced Placement (AP) tests and corporate training
  • Eye on the Trends: Increasing focus on research at MOOC-partner universities, blended courses at universities that combine online and traditional learning

Daniel Huttenlocher, Dean and Vice Provost of the Cornell NYC Tech Campus

In this interview, Dan Huttenlocher, Dean and Vice Provost of Cornell’s new NYC tech campus, discusses World Class IT principle one, People and principle four, IT-Business Partnerships, with Metis Strategy. Some of the topics discussed include:

  • Cornell Tech NYC’s mission
  • Why Cornell chose to locate the school in New York City
  • The school’s matrixed learning structure and three organizing themes, which focus on customer-centric technology
  • How the school is building a culture that equally values real-world engagement and academic accomplishments
  • Dan’s definition of success for the school
  • Eye on the Trends:Innovation in educational content delivery, MOOCs, IT as an increasingly user-centric field

Umar Saif, Vice Chancellor of Information Technology University, Pakistan

In this interview, Umar Saif, Vice-Chancellor of Information Technology University in Pakistan, discusses World Class IT principle four, IT-Business Partnerships, with Metis Strategy. Some of the topics discussed include:

  • How he leveraged experiences at Cambridge and MIT to bring back lessons to Pakistan
  • How LUMS first responded to the entrepreneurial ethos that Umar brought to the table
  • Umar’s innovations and projects that have had real social and private sector impact in Pakistan
  • Cultural and logistical constraints faced by tech entrepreneurs in Pakistan, including a murky intellectual property legal space
  • The rise of citizen journalism
  • Eye on the Trends: Fundamental changes occurring in the education and media fields, which create great opportunities for entrepreneurs like Umar in Pakistan

Nic Borg, Chief Product Officer and Co-Founder of Edmodo

In this interview, Nic Borg, Chief Product Officer and Co-Founder of Edmodo, a privake K-12 classroom communication tool, discusses World Class IT principle one, People, and principle four, IT & Business Partnerships with Metis Strategy. Some of the topics discussed include:

  • Revolution of the distribution model utilized by Edmodo and other virtual education platforms
  • The significance of focusing exclusively on as pre-K to grade 12 audience, and the challenges of reaching those of a younger age
  • The need for a digital platform in education
  • How Edmodo is designed primarily from the teacher’s point of view
  • Eye on the Trends:The growing importance and power of a global education network

Peretz Lavie, President of the Technion - Israel Institute of Technology

In this interview, Peretz Lavie, President of the Technion – Israel Institute of Technology, discusses World Class IT principle one, People, and principle four, IT & Business Partnerships, with Metis Strategy. Some of the topics discussed include:

  • The Technion’s mission and its role in driving entrepreneurship and engineering success in Israel
  • The innate entrepreneurial nature of Israelis as an immigrant nation and their unique geo-political context
  • What degree entrepreneurship can be taught to students, and what innate traits future entrepreneurs bring with them to the Technion
  • How alumni contribute in the classroom and providing business opportunities to Technion students
  • The Technion’s successful partnership with Cornell University to establish the Jacobs Technion-Cornell Institute in New York City and the contribution of JTCI to the city
  • Faculty’s involvement in the companies that Technion’s students develop, and how the Technion financially encourages faculty’s start-ups
  • Lavie’s own research on sleep and an individual’s peak creativity and alertness
  • Eye on the Trends: Nanotechnology’s role in monitoring health and automatic translations capacity to globalize education

Anne Margulies, University CIO of Harvard

In this interview, Anne Margulies, University Chief Information Officer of Harvard discusses World Class IT Principle One, People, and Principle Four, IT & Business Partnerships. Some of the topics discussed include:

  • Her role as the CIO of Harvard University
  • The strategic plans and future priorities of the IT organization
  • The IT Academy and how she builds new skills for her staff
  • How the IT Academy is administered, and how it functions
  • The toolkit of every IT professional and how she determines what skills are necessary within IT teams
  • Her history with massive open online courses (MOOCs) including edX and HarvardX
  • Eye on the Trends: The Internet of Things, Online Learning

Andrew Ng, Co-Founder & Co-Chairman of Coursera

In this interview, Andrew Ng discusses World Class IT Principle One, People, and World Class IT Principle Five, External Partnerships. Some of the topics discussed include:

  • Andrew’s unique, evolving, and passion-driven career path
  • The impact of AI on existing industries
  • Recommendations for CIOs and CEOs starting their AI journey
  • Advantages of implementing a centralized AI org structure
  • Opportunities for smaller organizations to leverage AI
  • How lifelong learning can minimize jobs displaced through AI
  • The importance of building strong teams and cultures
  • Key cultural components for success: work ethic and lifelong leaning
  • Chinese verses US business culture