Photo source: engaeli
Let me introduce… Dr Daphne Koller
Dr Daphne Koller is a highly regarded Computer Sciences professor at Stanford University who focuses on biomedicine and machine learning (Daphne Koller, n.d.). She is the founder of insitro, a company that focuses on machine learning and drug discovery/ development (insitro, n.d.). In our class book club chat on September 16, 2022, a facet of the conversation discussed the gap in ed tech being pedagogically driven and the lack of adoption by educators. This led to a discussion about the need for interdisciplinary collaboration, sharing resources, and educators’ involvement in ed tech development to encourage adoption. I chose Dr Koller because, besides AI and biomedicine, she is an educational forerunner developing quality ed tech that is open, accessible, and engaging.
Her list of achievements and publications is long. Notably, she was listed in 2013 on Time Magazine’s list of 100 most influential people because, with her business partner, they founded Coursera, an open learning platform. According to Koller (TED, 2012), they recognised a gap between degree programs and employability; additionally, various access challenges (monetary and otherwise). The platform provides high-calibre, interdisciplinary, open courses in collaboration with various educational institutions.
“We wanted to create the best quality education for as many people as possible. So, we formed Coursera, whose goal is to take the best courses from the best instructors at the best universities and provide to everyone around the world for free.” (TED, 2012, minute 3:27)
Within the video (Ted, 2012), she demonstrates how students use the platform that encourages innovation, creativity and problem-solving through active learning.
In 2020, Dr Koller founded engaeli. This platform is designed for higher education and corporate environments with active learning principles (engageli, n.d.). The secure platform can integrate with many learning management systems (LMS) and other collaboration tools while offering face-to-face, online and hybrid learning options (engageli, n.d.). It has recently won awards (pictured above). It appears to be an exciting development in ed tech because it was built from the ground up with engaged, active education and learning theory practices as the foundation of the design. I would be interested to know more about analytics and data collection; however, what I find essential about Dr Koller’s work is that she is an educator who designs meaningful ed tech for educators that can be quickly and widely adopted across disciplines and formats. The gap we acknowledged in our class session.
Daphne Koller. (n.d.). Home [LinkedIn page]. LinkedIn. Retrieved September 16, 2022, from https://www.linkedin.com/in/daphne-koller-4053a820
engageli. (n.d.). Engageli: Where engaged learning happens. Retrieved September 16, 2022, from https://www.engageli.com/
insitro. (n.d.). insitro. Retrieved September 16, 2022, from https://insitro.com/
TED. (2012, August 1). Daphne Koller: What we’re learning from online education [Video]. YouTube. https://youtu.be/U6FvJ6jMGHU