How to Evaluate AIEd Solutions
  • Christopher Dede

    Timothy E. Wirth professor in Learning Technologies at the Harvard Graduate School of Education

    Chris Dede is the Timothy E. Wirth Professor in Learning Technologies at Harvard’s Graduate School of Education (HGSE). His fields of scholarship include emerging technologies, policy, and leadership. From 2001-2004, he was Chair of the HGSE department of Teaching and Learning. In 2007, he was honored by Harvard University as an outstanding teacher, and in 2011 he was named a Fellow of the American Educational Research Association. From 2014-2015, he was a Visiting Expert at NSF, Directorate of Education and Human Resources.
    Chris has served as a member of the National Academy of Sciences Committee on Foundations of Educational and Psychological Assessment, a member of the U.S. Department of Education’s Expert Panel on Technology, and a member of the 2010 National Educational Technology Plan Technical Working Group. In 2013, he co-convened a NSF workshop on new technology-based models of postsecondary learning; and in 2015 he led two NSF workshops on data-intensive research in the sciences, engineering, and education.
    Chris also was an International Steering Committee member for the Second International Technology in Education Study, and he has participated in technology-based learning initiatives for various Global South countries. He leads the adult capacity building strand of the Reaching Every Reader initiative at Harvard and MIT.
    His co-edited books include: Scaling Up Success: Lessons Learned from Technology-based Educational Improvement; Digital Teaching Platforms: Customizing Classroom Learning for Each Student; Teacher Learning in the Digital Age: Online Professional Development in STEM Education; Virtual, Augmented, and Mixed Realities in Education; Learning engineering for online education: Theoretical contexts and design-based examples; and The 60-Year Curriculum: New Models for Lifelong Learning in the Digital Economy.
  • Jim Larimore

    Chief Officer of Equity in Learning at Riiid

    Jim Larimore is the Chief Officer for Equity in Learning at Riiid Labs, where he leads strategy, programs and partnerships to leverage Riiid’s strengths in Artificial Intelligence (AI) to close gaps in educational opportunity, achievement and student success.
    Jim previously led ACT’s Center for Equity in Learning, served as deputy director for student success at the Gates Foundation, and has been a student affairs leader at campuses including Stanford, Dartmouth, Swarthmore, and NYU Abu Dhabi. Jim has served on the Gates Millennium Scholars Advisory Council, the Stanford Alumni Association Board of Directors, the International Student Affairs Advisory Board for the Universidad de Monterrey in the State of Nuevo Leon, Mexico, and the Advisory Board of the Hope Center for College, Community and Justice.
    He currently serves on the advisory councils of the Aspen Forum for Community Solutions, the Center for Postsecondary Readiness and Success at American University, the EdTech Advisory Council of the Educating All Learners Alliance, and the Dean’s Advisory Council at the University of Iowa’s College of Education. Jim also serves on the Stanford Associates Board of Governors, and on the Board of Directors of the Branch Alliance for Educator Diversity, which is based in Austin, and the NROC Project, based in Monterey, California, which works with educational organizations to promote student success in math and English at scale.
    Jim is a first generation college graduate with a Bachelor’s degree from Texas A&M University – Commerce (formerly East Texas State University), and a Master’s degree from Stanford.
  • Bart Epstein

    President and CEO of the Edtech Evidence Exchange

    Bart Epstein leads a movement to dramatically improve the effect of technology in schools. As the chief executive of the nonprofit EdTech Education Exchange and a research associate professor at the University of Virginia, he leads the Edtech Genome Project, which is working to discover and quantify which “edtech implementation variables” are most important to student achievement. He is also building a software platform that will collect contextually rich feedback from hundreds of thousands of educators. Over the previous 25 years, Epstein has been an educator, entrepreneur, investor, corporate attorney, and general counsel. He spent a decade helping to build the world’s largest online tutoring company, founded and ran an edtech accelerator, and managed an education-focused venture fund. In his time as a corporate attorney he edited a treatise on international data privacy regulations and advised clients on COPA, COPPA, and FERPA issues. Bart was an Olin Scholar for Law & Economics at the University of Virginia School of Law where he served as an editor of the Virginia Law Review before serving as a law clerk to the former chief judge of the United States Court of Appeals. In his free time, Bart is an instrument-rated commercial pilot, a volunteer pilot for Angel Flight, and civilian test pilot for NASA human factors research, and dad to twin boys. He has been published and/or profiled recently in EdSurge, Education Week, The Hill, Fast Company, and the Hechinger Report.
  • Olli Vallo

    CEO and Co-founder of Education Alliance Finland

    Olli Vallo is the CEO of Education Alliance Finland. EAF is an expert organization, specialized in evaluating the quality of learning solutions’. EAF method is globally recognized and hundreds of products have gone through the evaluation. Through the evaluation work and through working with Ministries and National Agencies for Education, Olli has gained significant insights on the educational products' market and the benefits of EdTech tools for learning.
  • Elizabeth King

    Senior Fellow at the Brookings Institution Former Director of Education and Vice President for Human Development at the World Bank

    Elizabeth M. King is a Senior Fellow at the Brookings Institution in Washington, DC. She was formerly Vice President for Human Development sectors(2013-2014), and Senior Spokesperson and Professional Head for Global Policy and Strategic Issues related to Education and Human Development(2009-2014) of the World Bank, Washington, DC.
    In these positions, she was the professional head for global policy and strategic issues related to education development and human development. She led the development of the World Bank Group’s education strategy for ten years.
    Based on these experiences, she has published several research papers and journal articles on topics such as household investments in human capital; the linkages between education, poverty and economic development. She exerts a huge influence on the education of girls and women and education finance. She has also taught special courses in economics at several universities, including in the Philippines, U.S., Japan, and France. She received her Ph.D. in Economics from Yale University.