Maya Georgieva


Maya Georgieva is an EdTech strategist, futurist, author and speaker with more than 15 years of experience in higher education and global education policy. Maya is the Director, Digital Learning at The New School, where she leads innovation in the design of technology-enhanced learning and VR, AR, and Mixed Reality initiatives. She works to engage the community and provide strategic leadership in creating an institutional culture and capacity for innovative design with emerging technologies. Maya works closely with the CIO, the Vice Provost for Curriculum and Learning, university academic groups and faculty in the design, development, management and evaluation of new digital learning initiatives across the five colleges Parsons School of Design, Eugene Lang College of Liberal Arts, the College of Performing Arts, The New School for Social Research and the Schools of Public Engagement.

At the XReality Center, a new research center at The New School with the purpose to advance the study and design of emerging technologies in the field of virtual, augmented, and mixed realities, Maya leads in the areas of Immersive Learning and Research.

She is also the co-founder of Digital Bodies, a global consulting group focusing on the impact of immersive virtual reality and wearable technologies on education and society. She sits on a number of educational and corporate learning boards and is a member of the Expert Panel for the New Media Consortium Horizon Report for Higher Education. Maya has been instrumental in developing partnerships within and outside of higher education with startups, corporate and non-government organizations. Maya speaks frequently at national and international forums on innovation and the future of education and consult startups in this space.

Previously she was the Associate Director of the Center for Innovation in Teaching and Learning at the Stern School of Business, New York University. Maya provided strategic leadership to advance academic initiatives that transformed the teaching-learning environment. She spearheaded the implementation of instructional design and technology, learning space design, blended and online learning, digital storytelling, mobile and social platforms and faculty development initiatives. Her work and projects focused on design thinking and the innovative use of immersive and mobile technology  to foster higher levels of student engagement.

Maya is the recipient of the 2014 Campus Tech Education Futurist Award. Watch Maya’s Five Minutes of Fame talk on innovation in education delivered at the 2013 New Media Consortium. In 2014, Maya was invited to deliver her second Five Minutes of Fame talk at NMC with focus on the design of new learning experiences and the future of education. Her work has been featured at EDUCAUSE, ELI, New Media Consortium (NMC), Online Learning Consortium (OLC) , EdMEDIA, Campus Technology, GMAC, AACSB, SXSW, Google and Intel Engage Education. In 2010 – 2011, in partnership with XanEdu Publishing Maya lead the iPad pilot initiative at Stern. The project was recognized with the Campus Technology Innovator Award for designing a student centered iPad App.

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