Jonathan Finkelstein, CSTP
Jonathan Finkelstein is the founder and Executive Producer of LearningTimes and Director of the BadgeStack Project. He is well-regarded as a pioneer and innovator in developing and leading online events and gatherings. With over 25,000 hours of live online facilitation experience to his name, Jonathan leads the event production and online programming team at LearningTimes.
Jonathan is author of Learning in Real Time (Wiley/Jossey-Bass), which translates 15 years of experience facilitating online learning into a practical resource guide for anyone facilitating or teaching online. He also authored the chapter on live online outreach in the The Digital Museum: A Think Guide, published by the American Association of Museums (AAM). As the founder of the first online certification program on real-time online instruction, Jonathan shares his expertise leading effective events and building community with education professionals around the globe. The program is offered in association with Training magazine.
Jonathan can be seen as the host of the Real Time Minute, MuseumTimes, and the Online Teaching and Learning podcast series, and is the executive producer of the LT Green Room. A frequent keynote speaker, he is the moderator and producer of countless live webcasts, online conferences and 3D virtual world events for museum and education professionals. Jonathan also serves on the board of the AAM Media and Technology committee (M&T).
Prior to founding LearningTimes in 2002, Jonathan was a co-founder and senior vice president of product strategy 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.
Jonathan, the son of two New York City public school teachers, is a Certified Synchronous Training Professional (CSTP) and received his AB degree with honors from Harvard University.
Presenter for the Following Session
- Giving Credit Where and When It Is Due: Adventures in Digital Credentials and Badges
Groups not traditionally in the degree-granting realm are upending how (and by whom) credit is issued. We will look at how programs outside higher education—as well as some pioneering projects in the postsecondary sphere—are adopting digital credentials and badge-empowered learning.