Vijay Kumar

Dr. Vijay Kumar provides leadership for sustainable technology-enabled educational innovation at MIT. Vijay is actively involved in efforts globally to advance the use of Open Educational Resources for improving educational access and quality. He was the Principal Investigator of O.K.I (Open Knowledge Initiative), the MIT-led collaborative project to develop an open architecture for enterprise educational applications. He has been a member of the Faculty Advisory Committee of MIT OpenCourseWare (OCW) since its inception. Vijay has served as advisor to India’s National Knowledge Commission as well as to UNESCO on their strategies for open educational resources, open technology and policy. He is a co-editor of a Carnegie Foundation book “Opening Up Education” (MIT Press, August 2008).
Vijay’s experience also includes programs for teacher education and planning for technology integration in k-12 education in Maine and Massachusetts. He has developed and taught courses in educational computing and Future Studies at the University of Maine, Machias and at UMass, Amherst. Vijay has served on the Applications Strategy Council for Internet2. He currently serves on the Infrastructure and Sustainability subcommittee of the Massachusetts STEM Council.

Vijay’s research, as well as his extensive engagement as advisor and consultant with academic and professional institutions, is directed toward strategy, planning and implementing technological innovations for education. He is an advisor to the Open University of Catalonia, the Singapore University of Technology and Design, the Qatar Foundation International and the Lumina Foundation. Vijay also serves on the board of the New Media Consortium and is a Trustee of EDC, an international educational development organization.

Vijay received a bachelor’s degree in Chemical Engineering and a master’s in Industrial Management from the Indian Institute of Technology, Madras, which has recognized him as a Distinguished Alumnus (2011). He received his Doctorate in Education from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. USA.