Ari has recently joined the Minerva Project.
Ari was previously the Chief Learning Architect at Grockit, where he drew on techniques from a variety of related research fields to design, build, and evaluate social software systems for personalized learning.
Ari received his PhD in computer science from Brandeis University. As part of his doctoral work, he built and studied game-based mechanisms to motivate appropriate challenges in peer-to-peer online learning networks. Thousands of teachers participated in the study, and tens of thousands of their students actively engaged in the learning games.
Ari has been lucky to have had the opportunity to participate in a variety of highly-productive social learning environments -- including academic research labs and industry startups -- and he tries to imbue the best of these learning dynamics into the systems that the builds.