Valerie Landau

Valerie Landau is Director of Assessment at Samuel Merritt University where she designs tools and methodologies for continuous improvement for teaching and learning. From 2002-2008 she worked closely with Douglas Engelbart running an international Educational Networked Improvement Community and is co-author of book “The Engelbart Hypothesis: Dialogs with Douglas Engelbart." Based on her work with Engelbart she created a learning analytics platform for assessment of educational effectiveness .The result, an engaged faculty committed to continuos improvement in teaching, learning and assessment at organizational change at “Mach speed” according to accreditors. She spent her early years in Cuba and Nicaragua and was trained by Brazilian educator, Paulo Freire, to be Regional Director of the National Literacy Campaign in Nicaragua. She is co-authoring a research project on assessment of medical education in Cuba and has led multiple high-level research delegations to Cuba. She designed award-winning educational games and videos and in 2001 wrote the seminal book in online learning “Developing an Effective Online Course.” She received an MA in Education and studied Human Development and Psychology with an emphasis in Technology in Education at the Harvard University Graduate School of Education.