Deanna Raineri is the Chief Academic Strategist at Coursera. In this role she works closely with top universities to create learning opportunities for people around the world. Deanna joined Coursera in May 2016 from the position of Associate Provost for Education Innovation at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC), where she provided leadership for innovations in classroom and online education. 

“I am interested in exploring innovative approaches to making higher education more accessible to learners around the world by using the internet to create a global virtual classroom. By its very nature, this new shape of higher education involves international cooperation and communication. I was attracted to the Educators’ Challenge because it is an initiative to seize opportunities arising out of a globally connected learner network to develop mechanisms to address the human population›s looming challenges.”