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Innovators in Residence

ASU ShapingEDU Innovators in Residence are education changemakers with a track record of bringing to fruition impactful learning innovations. During this year-long role, Innovators in Residence will be facilitating learning experiences and the creation of openly licenced resources that support learning int he digital age through the ShapingEDU LIVE/CoAction Learning Lab series. They will also be leading specialized projects that help advance ShapingEDU's 10 Actions.

Emory Craig

Emory is the Cofounder and Partner at Digital Bodies, a consulting group and a popular website for news and analysis of immersive technologies. He has worked with educational institutions, libraries, and international organizations to implement innovative learning environments and spark creative transformation. He has spoken at conferences around the world and recently served on an expert panel for the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) to develop preliminary policy recommendations for the use of AI in learning environments. As a futurist and writer, he is fascinated by the ways VR and AI will transform human experience and concerned by the potential ethical challenges. He focuses on the personal and organizational strategies we will need to learn and live in the future where experiences are available on demand, and the boundary between the real and the virtual disappear. An active participant in the NYC startup community, his background spans business, higher education, and the art world.


Maya Georgieva

Maya is a futurist, educational strategist, and an immersive media designer. Her work in immersive media and the future of learning is featured in education and industry forums and publications across the globe. As the Director of Digital Learning and XReality Center at the New School, Maya works to engage the community and provide strategic leadership in creating an institutional culture and capacity for innovative design with emerging technologies, XR and AI. She is the co-author of the EDUCAUSE-ELI Transforming Higher Education Immersive Learning Series and has authored white papers and research studies on the future of Higher Education and Immersive Learning in EDUCAUSE Review, The Chronicle of Higher Education, EdTech Magazine, EdSurge, and Edutopia among others. Maya is the co-founder of Digital Bodies, an award-winning website focusing on VR/AR/MR, and their impact on media and society. She has worked with Google, HP, Microsoft, Intel, and various education and non-profit organizations on developing immersive experiences and strategy. She has provided insights to the United Nations and the European Commission on policy recommendations on the future of learning and work.

Nancy Rubin

Dr. Nancy Rubin is a recognized expert in online learning, higher education and instructional and curriculum design. Dr. Rubin is the Dean of Continuing and Distance Education  at Northwestern Health Sciences University in Bloomington, Minnesota and also leads a consulting firm that helps institutions customize and implement online learning programs. Prior to working at Northwestern Health Sciences, Dr. Rubin led the University of Northern Colorado Extended Campuses and Online Learning at Columbia University. Dr. Rubin holds a Ph.D. in Comparative Studies from Florida Atlantic University, an MS in Information Systems from Marist College and a BS in Marketing from Syracuse University.