Forum on World Class IT - 281 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: MOOCs

Gary Beach, Publisher Emeritus of CIO Magazine

In this interview, Gary Beach, publisher emeritus of CIO magazine, discusses World Class IT principle one, People, with Metis Strategy. Some of the topics discussed include:

  • Discussion of Gary Beach’s bestselling book, The U.S. Technology Skills Gap, and the need for America to produce more IT talent
  • The technology skill gap in America, and potential education solutions to resolve the problem
  • The growing importance of emerging MOOCs, and their necessary emphasis on STEM subjects
  • The state of the CIO today in comparison to the last five years, and the stagnation of business perception of IT
  • Eye on the Trends:Positive potential of big data mining in relation to customer happiness and product development; downside of this data cache from the security point of view

Tom Reilly, CEO of Cloudera

In this interview, Tom Reilly, Chief Executive Officer of Cloudera, discusses World Class IT Principle One, People and Principle Four, IT-Business Partnerships. Some of the topics discussed include:

  • His organization, Cloudera, where it stands now, and the current priorities at Cloudera
  • The path to success for older organizations with large antiquated infrastructures and for Digital-native organizations
  • Industries that Cloudera is working with the most
  • How Cloudera maintains its competitive advantages
  • How he came to be at Cloudera after the founding of the organization
  • The way in which he has forged a strong relationship with the founders of the organization
  • How the organization thinks about remaining a private company compared to going public
  • The team at Cloudera and the methods he uses to build and retain the team
  • How he thinks about strategic planning and how the organization continues to pivot
  • The relationships that have been built with several MOOCs (Massive Online Open Courses)
  • Some industry-specific use cases

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

Sebastian Thrun, Chief Executive Officer and Co-Founder of Udacity

In this interview, Sebastian Thrun, CEO of Udacity, a for-profit education company offering MOOCs, discusses World Class IT principle one, People, principle four, IT & Business Partnerships, principle five, External Partnership, with Metis Strategy. Some of the topics discussed include:

  • The motivations and influences in launching the Udacity project
  • How Udacity aims to solve the real problem of “access” to higher education
  • The competitive landscape and business strategy for Udacity and other MOOCs
  • The metrics used to assess Udacity’s performance
  • Eye on the Trends: MOOCs will complement as opposed to replace the traditional university learning, which provides a fundamentally different experience to students

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

Simon Nelson, Chief Executive Officer of FutureLearn

In this interview, Simon Nelson, CEO of FutureLearn, a prominent MOOC, discusses World Class IT principle four, IT-Business Partnerships, with Metis Strategy. Some of the topics discussed include:

  • Simon’s vision for FutureLearn, and how he started the company
  • How he has leveraged his non-academic background to run a MOOC
  • FutureLearn’s revenue model, and what Simon thinks about his company’s position vis-à-vis traditional educational institutions and other MOOCs
  • How FutureLearn engages cultural institutions to enhance its product
  • Eye on the Trends: Mobile learning, changing technology to make MOOC learning more conducive to non-STEM subjects

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

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