About Richard Culatta

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Selected Publications

What if We Designed College Around Students. Chronicle of Higher Education. [Medium] (2016)

Agile Learning Network: A Mission Imperative. Galileo Award Finalist Papers. Washington: Director of National Intelligence. [PDF] (2007)



Richard Culatta is an internationally recognized leader in innovation and learning. His work has centered around using technology to accelerate innovation in education, corporate, and government settings. Culatta was the first Chief Innovation Officer for the State of Rhode Island and was appointed by President Obama as the Director of the Office of Educational Technology for the US Department of Education. In that capacity, he focused on expanding internet connectivity to schools across the country, promoting personalized learning, and developing a national ed tech plan. He also pioneered new ways to engage with citizens and policy makers to accelerate innovation in government.

Culatta is currently the CEO of the International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE) and serves as a senior fellow at NYU’s GovLab and as a design resident for the San Francisco-based innovation and design firm IDEO.


Selected Presentations & Keynotes

[Selected presentations after 2011 available on YouTube]

Plenary Panel Member, mLearnCon
June, 2011

Deisgning Social Interactions in Online Learning
Keynote Speaker, Florida International University
Miami FL, March, 2011 [video]

New Perspectives in Learning
Keynote Speaker, DevLearn 2010
San Francisco CA, Nov 3-5, 2010

Delivering Online Learning with Google and Twitter
Presenter, Innovations in eLearning Symposium
Fairfax VA, June 1-2, 2010 (Google Wave)

Mobile Learning in Government
Advisory Board Member and Invited Speaker, mLearnCon
San Diego CA, June 15-17, 2010

Learning about Learning from Amazon.com
Invited Speaker, DevLearn 2009
San Jose, CA, November 10-13, 2009

Creating a Mash-Up LMS
Invited Speaker, Sloan-C International Conference on Online Learning
Orlando, FL, October 28-30, 2009

Mobile learning: Are we there yet?
Panel Member, Annual Conference on Distance Teaching & Learning, Madison, WI, August 4-7, 2009

Using Web 2.0 Tools to Enable Learning
Keynote Speaker, American Society for Training & Development, Jan 15, 2009

Social Media and Learning: A Perfect Fit or a Close Encounter?
Panel Member, Booz Allen Hamilton, Washington, DC, Dec 16, 2008

The Future of Learning Systems
Interviewee, Educause, Orlando, Oct 30, 2008

Open-Source Me: A Tour of Free, Indispensable Learning Tools
Invited Speaker, Learning 2008, Orlando, Oct 27, 2008


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