Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Thursday Interview - Finkelstein on Virtual PD, Non-Traditional Learning Environments, and Badges

Join me Tuesday, June 12th, for a live and interactive FutureofEducation.com webinar with Jonathan Finkelstein, founder and executive producer of LearningTimes, the "global leader in creating innovative, interactive online learning solutions." Learning Times has produced live online conferences, webcasts, podcasts, and educational programs for more than 400 organizations and associations in technology, publishing, museums, libraries, K – 20 education, government, training and non-profits. Jonathan is also the director of the BadgeStack Project, the first system designed for badge-empowered learning and community-building, and the first to issue Mozilla Open Badges.

We'll talk about the changing nature of professional development (PD) in particular and learning in general with the rise of online meeting technology, and how informal and non-traditional learning environments are impacting how we think about education. We'll discuss peer-to-peer learning trends, and argue about the need for "micro-credentials and badge-empowered learning," which he is pioneering as part of major initiatives with groups such as the Smithsonian Institution, the New York City Department of Education, Yale University, and IMLS-funded programs for museums and libraries across the United States.

Date: Tuesday, June 12th, 2012
Time: 5pm Pacific / 8pm Eastern / 12am (next day) GMT (international times here)
Duration: 1 hour
Location: In Blackboard Collaborate (formerly Elluminate). Log in at http://futureofed.info. The Blackboard Collaborate room will be open up to 30 minutes before the event if you want to come in early. To make sure that your computer is configured for Blackboard Collaborate, please visit the support and configuration page.
Recordings: The full Blackboard Collaborate recording is at https://sas.elluminate.com/p.jnlp?psid=2012-06-12.1711.M.9E9FE58134BE68C3B413F24B3586CF.vcr&sid=2008350 and a portable .mp3 audio recording is at http://audio.edtechlive.com/foe/finkelstein.mp3.

Jonathan Finkelstein is author of Learning in Real Time (Wiley), contributing author to The Digital Museum, board member of the AAM Media & Technology Committee, and host of thousands of pioneering online events for education, museum, and library audiences.  A frequent keynote speaker, he is the moderator and producer of countless live webcasts, online conferences and virtual world events. With approximately 30,000 hours of live online facilitation experience to his name, Finkelstein leads the popular "Certified Synchronous Training Professional" program, which has trained hundreds on skillful live online facilitation.

Prior to founding LearningTimes in 2002, Jonathan was a co-founder at HorizonLive (now Blackboard Collaborate), and designed the first synchronous collaboration platforms for academia, associations and other non-profits. He also hosted a highly-acclaimed, interactive weekly live online talk show about the people, technology and business of learning.

The son of two New York City public school teachers, Finkelstein graduated with honors from Harvard University.


  1. Date above is incorrect ... it says June 14th .. that might mislead some to wait a couple more days!

  2. Thanks! It is tonight, the 12. I've corrected!


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