About Jonathan Haber

Jonathan Haber is an educational researcher, writer and entrepreneur working in the field of technology-enabled learning. His Degree of Freedom One Year BA project, which involved trying to learn the equivalent of a BA in just twelve months using only MOOCs and other forms of free learning, was featured in The New York Times, The Boston Globe, The Chronicle of Higher EducationThe Wall Street Journal and other major media sources. His writing on education-related topics has appeared in SlateEdSurge and other publications.

Jonathan was the founder of SkillCheck, Inc., a provider of performance-based testing solutions to the employment and education industries. He recently served as Director of Learner Assessment, supporting the launch of a new graduates school of education.  He is the author of books on MOOCs and educational assessment and developed standards and certification exams for the Internet and Computing Core Certification (IC³), a curriculum used to teach and assess Digital Literacy skills worldwide.


Latest Projects


PCG Education is committed to making academic and technical standards an open resource for every educator.  With Jonathan's help, the organization created an open-source registry of every state ELA and Mathematics standard and cost-effective processes for high-quality cross-walking between state standards that will provide the infrastructure for data and resource sharing across the educational ecosystem. Jonathan also played the lead role in encoding the entire assessment-development resource library for the Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium.

After an abrupt move to online teaching in the middle of the spring term due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Professor Michele Pistone from Villanova Law School saw the need to turn ideas she had been presenting to legal educators for years into a training program to help law professors make the transition to remote teaching successful for the Fall term.  She reached out to Jonathan for his expertise in online education, assessment, and project logistics and together they put together a three-day bootcamp in less than three weeks which was successfully given twice to over 100 law professors from around the country.




Jonathan has been a thought partner and reliable source of impeccable work.


Jonathan is smart and thoughtful, brings deep knowledge and experience, and is simply a delight to work with.  We collaborated to design and create 3-day Bootcamp to teach law professors about teaching law online.  We had 15 days to pull it all together.  Jonathan was the perfect partner; we met the deadline, the final product exceeded my expectations, and he made the entire process really enjoyable and fun.  It was so successful, that we did it again and the second time was even better!  Grab a chance to work with him.

The educational non-profit ThinkerAnalytix has a vital mission: teaching all students to think logically using the research-proven method called argument mapping.  Jonathan helped the organization turn aspirations into concrete product ideas targeting identified market segments and contributed to the design and development of ThinkerAnalytix's online product line - all in less than a year.

With COVID cancelling schools across the world, educators have scrambled to create meaningful learning experiences students can do from home.  The Aldrin Family Foundation, working with PCG Education, decided to turn a classroom-based project on building a visitor center on the moon into a cutting-edge online learning experience that would enable students to do project-based learning from home.  Jonathan applied his background in MOOC development, curriculum design and assessment to the project, allowing PCG to build and launch an innovative and attractive product in less than two weeks.

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