Jennifer Chesney: Associate Vice-President, University of Alberta Digital Strategy

Jennifer G. Chesney is the Associate Vice-President of University Digital Strategy at the University of Alberta, the first University Digital Strategy unit in a Canadian university to focus on the convergence of the web, digital learning, mobile, and social media in student-centered products and experiences.

Her unit’s goal is for the University of Alberta to become Canada’s leader in interdisciplinary blended learning experiences enabled by web, mobile, social networks, and IT systems capabilities. Jennifer co-chaired the landmark joint-development, research-based relationships between online course providers, Udacity and Coursera and the University of Alberta. She serves as the co-Executive Producer of the world’s first paleobiology massive open online course (MOOC), Dino 101, that is also offered for credit to University of Alberta students.

Her previous business and technology strategy roles include creating a Customer Strategies unit and managing Retail Banking IT as Managing Director at ATB Financial, Edmonton, heading R&D and Product Development at Stockhouse, Inc. Vancouver, and managing Institutional Marketing online products as Vice President at Morgan Stanley, New York. Jennifer founded in 1998 one of the first open source virtual media companies, NewsTrolls, Inc. Born in Memphis, TN and working most of her life in New York City, Jennifer moved to Canada in 2006 and has been a proud Edmontonian since 2008. Her son, Joss Chesney, is in second grade at Greenfield School.



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