Valerie Landau

valerie_landauValerie Landau is an American designer, author and educator. She serves as 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 project, program and institutional levels.

She has filed two patents along with her colleague and mentor Douglas Engelbart. [1] Their most recent patent (filed April 2010) describes multitouch interface for chorded text entry. The new patent is inspired by Engelbart’s early work developing the Chorded keyboard. They also released an application for the iPhone for chorded texting called “TipTapSpeech”.[2]

Engelbart and Landau also collaborated on writing the book “The Engelbart Hypothesis: Dialogs with Douglas Engelbart” along with co-authorEileen Clegg.[3]

Landau is also a co-founder of Program for the Future, a non-profit organization that promotes Engelbart’s vision of Collective Intelligence. She also is author of the seminal book on online education “Developing an Effective Online Course” [4] and earned the “Online Pioneer” award.

Landau, also known for her work in multimedia at Round World Media [5] and for her work mentoring students in a three-year project studying and applying the Engelbart Hypothesis. [6] and created an online archive of Engelbart related events and videos [7]

She is an instructional and interaction designer and has worked on many award-winning [8][9][10]projects, educational games and online courses.