A few words I use to describe O'Reilly School of Technology's Executive Director, Scott Gray: Brilliant.
Of course, I may be a bit biased, after all, I am married to the guy, but in my defense, we were just colleagues when I learned that he
embodied these qualities.
In the early 90's I managed the Calculus&Mathematica Distance Education Program at the University of Illinois Math Department, while Scott was a PhD candidate at the Ohio State Math Department.
I was floored by this revolutionary program, as was Scott
That's when fate intervened.
walked into my U of I lab to do some research for a similar Distance Education Program he
hoped to start at Ohio State
Undeterred by our earlier obstacles, Scott
proceeded to incorporate his
ideas into the Web Workshop, which taught students simple HTML by allowing them to type into a web form and then display the results in a pop-up window.
Scott's free tutorial attracted thousands of enthusiastic students who contributed 25,000 web creations within a month; he
had created the original MOOC.
But a MOOC is not a full-fledged educational system.
Having struggled with ADHD throughout his
knew all too well that the way a subject is taught can mean the difference between a student experiencing the life changing spark of understanding or the heartbreaking disenfranchisement of being left behind.
In STEM education, the practical application of theoretical concepts is a large component of the constructionist learning experience, but so are properly guided discovery, Socratic coaching, and formative assessment.
With all of his
in mind, Scott
and I embarked on our life together building UserActive, the online education system that would eventually become the O'Reilly School of Technology
Crafting the student-centric experience became his
mission, even as he
built an innovative, viable business model to support that experience, and all within a world that was (and in many ways still is) decades behind in online education.
has been loyal to this mission since its inception.
Together with the passionate team he's built over the years, he founded the O'Reilly School of Technology, as well as a visionary constructionist platform called Making Math that is poised to disrupt and revolutionize the educational market.
is the constant champion of a fully-integrated system for instructors, as well as cutting-edge Sandbox systems for students, specialized coaching for expert course authors, and a second-to-none Student Services team.
continually monitors, analyzes, and evaluates educational and market trends, while avoiding short-lived fads to ensure outcomes that are built to last.
persisted in pursuit of his
vision despite all manner of resistance and he's
come out stronger on the other side, all for the love of student-centric constructionism.
Anyone who's met Scott
knows the depth of his
commitment to education.
sincerely believes in the pedagogy we use at OST
, and he
wants to share that excitement with anyone willing to listen and learn.
educational message and argues his
supporting data as only a foresworn academic can, a few glaze over, stunned by the amount of energy he
can generate when he
talks about online learning.
Still others may mistake his
conviction and passion for fanaticism-they simply don't get it and sadly, they probably never will.
But just like in school, there are those students and teachers who do get it, whose minds are opened, and where new pathways to knowledge are forged.
Those students are gob-smacked with that life-changing spark of understanding and become inspired, and they in turn, inspire us.
has connected with the OST
team and our students in a profound way.