Short Bio

Brandon Muramatsu

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Brandon Muramatsu

Brandon Muramatsu works at the intersection of learning, innovation and scale. His work focuses on online and digital learning to improve teaching and learning with a focus on open education. He has been involved in the development of learning technologies and education technologies, open education / opencourseware and educational digital libraries over the last 25+ years. His work focuses on STEM education, both nationally and internationally, and at all education levels.

Brandon Muramatsu leads the design and implementation of local, national and international strategic education initiatives at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) for MIT Open Learning. He manages learning technology and curriculum development projects, including the design of web applications and software tools for educators and learners to develop/author, use, reuse and share digital learning resources. He also works with faculty to implement learning technologies in their classes and with their students. And he organizes conferences and events to bring together educators in open education / opencourseware, and in learning technologies.

Brandon Muramatsu earned his B.S. (1993) and M.S. (1995) in Mechanical Engineering from the University of California, Berkeley.

Extended Bio

Prior to joining MIT, he helped found the Center for Open and Sustainable Learning at Utah State University where he worked on tools and services to promote open content and open education. Before that, he worked at the University of California, Berkeley on the development of two educational digital libraries (NEEDS and smete.org), and his work was instrumental in the development of the National Science Foundation’s National Science Digital Library program. He also worked at MERLOT, through the California State University Office of the Chancellor, to develop national and international alliances and partnerships.

He was involved in the development of international learning technology standards and specifications with the IEEE Learning Technology Standards Committee and the IMS Global Learning Consortium.

Personal Interests

I am fortunate to be able to travel quite a bit through my work and have gotten to visit a wide range of places. While traveling I dabble a bit in photography and use my photos annually on holiday cards at the end of the year. When I get the chance (who am I kidding?), I also enjoy outdoor activities including cycling, hiking, rock-climbing and skiing. (I’m not nearly as good, dedicated, nor crazy as some of my friends are at these activities!) However, most of the time you can find me playing World of Warcraft or Diablo III. I’m still undergoing withdrawals from game night with the crazy guys from COSL.