Randy Hansen, Ed.D., is an educator with more than two decades of experience teaching and leading educational initiatives. He began his career in 1996, teaching English for speakers of other languages to K-6 students. His previous experience includes roles as a district technology coordinator, faculty of the Maryland Technology Academy and PT3 grant manager at Johns Hopkins University. While at Discovery Education, he initiated Discovery’s ISTE Seal Of Alignment project as well as collaborations with teacher preparation programs related to integrating digital media into methods courses. In 2007, Randy returned to higher education as assistant professor and program director at National Louis University in Chicago.
Dr. Hansen is a collegiate professor and program chair at the University of Maryland University College where he leads two programs; the MS in Learning Design & Technology - developing the next generation of Learning Designers to create personalized online learning experiences, and the edX Instructional Design and Technology MicroMaster’s program. In 2015 Dr. Hansen was selected by the Center for Digital Education’s as a Top 30 Technologists, Transformers and Trailblazers. In 2016, the International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE) awarded him a 2016 Making IT Happen award. In 2017, he was elected to the International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE) Board of Directors, where he currently leads their Linkage committee.
In 2015, Randy was named to the Center for Digital Education’s list of Top 30 Technologists, Transformers and Trailblazers. In 2016, he was awarded ISTE’s Making IT Happen award.
Randy lives in Columbia, Maryland, with his wife, Shannon, a nurse and doctoral student at University of Maryland Baltimore; son, Anderson and daughter, Cheryl.