Valerie Landau

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Valerie Landau is an American designer, author, and educational technologist. She managed the Center for Innovation and Excellence in Learning and was formerly Director of Assessment at Samuel Merritt University where she designed a software application that facilitates analysis and assessment of how effectively an organization is meeting their goals and objectives at course, program and institutional levels.

She worked with Internet pioneer Douglas Engelbart on creating educational networked improvement communities.[1] Landau also collaborated on writing the book "The Engelbart Hypothesis: Dialogs with Douglas Engelbart" along with co-author Eileen Clegg.[2] Her article "How Douglas Engelbart Invented the Future" was also featured in The Smithsonian Magazine.[3]

She also is author of the seminal book on online education "Developing an Effective Online Course".[4]

Landau, created educational multimedia projects at Round World Media[5] was associate professor at California State University, Monterey, where she taught project studying and applying the Engelbart Hypothesis.[6] The students created an online archive of Engelbart related events and videos.[7][8]

She is an instructional and interaction designer and has worked on many award-winning[9][10][11] projects, educational games and online courses.

In addition, she leads high-level research delegations to Cuba.[12]

Early life[edit]

Landau's parents are poet Nina Serrano and filmmaker Saul Landau. She attended some elementary school and high school in Cuba and worked alongside her father on three documentary films about Fidel Castro and the Cuban Revolution. She also worked with other documentary TV crews including German TV, and CBS show 60 Minutes with Lowell Bergman and Harry Reasoner. She co-founded Round World Media. Her brother is multi-Grammy nominate music producer, Greg Landau and her son, Camilo Landau is a Grammy Award-winning musician.

She began her career working under the legendary Brazilian educator Paulo Freire while working on the literacy campaign in Nicaragua. [13]

She graduated from the Harvard Graduate School of Education from the Department of Human Development and Psychology with an emphasis in Technology in Education in 1996.


  1. ^ Landau, Valerie. "How Douglas Engelbart Invented the Future". Smithsonian. Retrieved 2019-11-16.
  2. ^ "Published by NextPress, Berkeley, 2009".
  3. ^ Landau, Valerie. "How Douglas Engelbart Invented the Future". Smithsonian Magazine. Retrieved 2020-12-10.
  4. ^ Published by McGraw Hill, 2001
  5. ^ "Valerie Landau".
  6. ^ "student".
  7. ^ "archive".
  8. ^ "R o u n d W o r l d M e d i a - Engelbart".
  9. ^ Parents' Choice Gold Award Seal of Excellence
  10. ^ Newsweek Editor's Choice Award 1997 indelibleNews!
  11. ^ Oppenheim Toy Portfolio, Platinum Award, 1996
  12. ^ "Landau Travel". Landau Travel. Retrieved 2019-11-16.
  13. ^ The Sandinista Literacy Campaign by Dr. Ulrike Hanemann, UNESCO, Institute for Education, Hamburg, Germany

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