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Ahrash N. Bissell


Ahrash Bissell is currently project manager for the Monterey Institute for Technology and Education, as well as a consultant for open education and innovation in science, currently working with the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, Peer to Peer University, the Mozilla Foundation, and the Alexandria Archive Institute. Ahrash was formerly the Executive Director of ccLearn, the now-defunct education division of Creative Commons (CC). In that capacity, he focused on the legal, technical, and social barriers to the growth of the open education movement, broadly speaking. Prior to the position at CC, Ahrash was at Duke University (Durham, NC) where he was a Research Associate in Biology and the Assistant Director of the Academic Resource Center. He received his BS in Biology in 1994 from UC San Diego, followed by a Ph.D. in Biology in 2001 from the University of Oregon, where he pursued research on animal behavior and evolutionary genetics. Ahrash maintains an active research and teaching program in biology, but the bulk of his time in recent years has been focused on educational research and technology, pedagogical and curriculum development, assessment (with a focus on critical-thinking skills and metacognition), and facilitating interdisciplinary research, especially via open dissemination, data sharing, and web-based “communities of expertise.”