Claudia Urrea, PhD (Download CV)

Claudia Urrea has over 20 years of experience in the field of Education and Technology. After completing her graduate studies at the Massachusetts Institute Technology, Urrea worked for 1 year at the Interamerican Development Bank as a consultant in the Education Sector, and 5 years at One Laptop Per Child organization as Director of Learning. At OLPC, she was in charge of designing, developing, and implementing a learning vision for the organization. Claudia Urrea is currently working at the MIT Office of Digital Learning doing research on residential learning experience with online educational materials and blended learning models from theoretical, empirical, and policy perspectives Claudia Urrea is a senior consultant and project manager, with expertise in a wide range of education and technology areas. Her areas of interest include online learning and assessment, curriculum design, k-12 and higher education, education for developing countries, teacher professional development, educational programming and robotics, and maker education.

Claudia Urrea was born in Colombia, where she received an undergraduate degree in Computer Science from EAFIT University. In the mid 90s, she moved to the US, where she received her Master's degree in Educational Media and Technology from Boston University, and her doctorate degree from the MIT Media Laboratory. Her PhD thesis studied the implications of one to one learning in a rural setting in Latin America. She has helped multiple governments and non-government agencies to empower and support schools and communities of learners to evolve from traditional teaching methods into progressive learning environments. 

Dr. Urrea also holds a visiting research position with the Lifelong Kindergarten group at the MIT Media Lab. She has taught several classes at the Harvard Summer Program and Early Childhood Development program at Tufts University. She has consulted with international and multi-sectoral organizations such as the Inter-American Development Bank and Schlumberger Excellence in Education Development-SEED.