Toru Iiyoshi is Deputy Vice-President for Education and the Director and Professor at the Center for the Promotion of Excellence in Higher Education (CPEHE), Kyoto University. Previously, he was a senior scholar and Director of the Knowledge Media Laboratory at the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching (1999-2008), and Senior Strategist in the Office of Educational Innovation and Technology at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (2009-2011).
Dr. Iiyoshi has led research and development efforts that take advantage of emerging technologies to enable educational institutions, programs, faculty, and teachers to transform the knowledge implicit in effective practice and transformation efforts into ideas, theories, and resources that can be shared widely to advance teaching and student learning. His current work areas include educational innovation and technology, open education, technology-enhanced scholarship of teaching and learning, and future higher education systems.
He also works with various national and international initiatives, projects, and organizations in an advisory role to provide vision and leadership in the development and distribution of innovative educational technology. He has served as a juror for major international awards and competitions in the field of educational media and technology. He has served as a visiting professor at the University of Tokyo (Graduate School of Interdisciplinary Information Studies) and a member of the World Economic Forum's Global Agenda Council on Technology and Education.
Dr. Iiyoshi is a co-editor of the Carnegie Foundation book, "Opening Up Education: The Collective Advancement of Education through Open Technology, Open Content, and Open Knowledge" (MIT Press, 2008) and an author or co-author of three books including "The Art of Multimedia: Design and Development of The Multimedia Human Body" (1996, in Japanese) and numerous academic and commercial articles. He received the Outstanding Practice Award in Instructional Development and the Robert M. Gagne Award for Research in Instructional Design from the Association for Educational Communications and Technology.