Schocken is a former dean at Interdisciplinary Center (IDC) Herzliya, a
new Israeli private university which he helped found in 1995. He's also taught
at NYU, Harvard and Stanford. Together with Noam Nisan he developed a freely
available, open-source, self-paced program for learning applied computer science: The
Elements of Computing Systems. Offered in 2005, this led to one of the first
successful open online courses. Now, courses based on the approach are offered
by traditional universities as well as in crowd-sourced settings, and have been
taken freely by thousands of self-learners over the web. Registration, lecture
and project schedules are managed by volunteer course coordinators, and student
questions are answered by the course alumni community.
His current project focuses on developing instructional materials for early-age
math education, which he thinks can be transformed using low-cost tablet
computers. He uses his other life passion, mountain biking, to teach adolescent
boys in Israel's juvenile detention centers valuable life lessons through
challenging bike rides in remote locations.
When Speaking Minds was founded in 2007 in New Zealand, little did we envisage that this would grow into an international brand with offices in India and London in less than a decade. We set up the business to share what we had learnt, from the privileges we have had in our jobs – of access to knowledge.
Bringing India to the rest of the world was our driving force.
The dna of our business is genuinely about sharing knowledge with the
world, from thought leaders and experts who are notable achievers in
their field. Raga D'silva quit her highly successful corporate career in
New Zealand in 2007, to set up a dream business of connecting
knowledge, insights, motivation from exceptional talent with the
corporate world, globally.