Rebecca Petersen

Rebecca Petersen

Rebecca Petersen’s work at edX is focused on managing sponsored research projects in addition to collaborating with edX partner schools on program development and faculty support needs.

Rebecca has worked in higher education IT and online program development for the past 15 years and is a professional development and eLearning professional with expertise in designing and developing face-to-face, hybrid, and online learning programs. She has a deep understanding of instructional design methodologies and a progressive thinker on how to apply emerging pedagogies and technologies into traditional and non-traditional learning environments. Rebecca has extensive experience working in both the k-12 and adult learning sector. Expertise in the use of social media platforms and their impact in formal and informal learning networks.While at Lesley University she was the founding Director of Academic Technology. Later she was appointed as the Director of eLearning Resources and Professional Development where she expanded faculty development programs to include online seminars and courses. She also led the implementation of an eAssessment and ePortfolio platform. She then joined Wentworth Institute of Technology (WIT) as their first Director of Faculty Development. While at WIT she created faculty programs that supported online and hybrid course development as well facilitating new faculty orientation and mentoring communities.


Keynote Address

Rethinking Education: MOOCs and the Changing Educational Landscape
In February 2012, MITx offered its first MOOC course, 6.002x Circuits and Electronics. The prototype course had over 150,000 registrants and paved the way for the formation of edX, a joint initiative between Harvard and MIT with the goal of bringing the best campus courses online, for free, to anyone in the world. edX Research Director Rebecca Petersen will discuss the evolving landscape of MOOCs, including the opportunities for blended and flipped classroom learning models that are currently being piloted by edX at community colleges and San Jose State University.

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