Kaavya Krishna

Kaavya Krishna

Work History

Work History
Aug 2009 - Present

Manager, Digital Content

The Center for Civic Education
  • Conceptualize, produce, and manage content for the Center’s website on a daily basis.
  • Responsiblefor the evolution of the Center’s digital strategy, including improvements to website architecture,navigation, and content as well as the development of new features and applications that advance the Center’s mission.
  • Development of educational materials designed to enhance the Center’scurricular programs and streamlining the content development process from concept toimplementation.
  • Plan, develop, and manage the Center’s use of online courses, seminars,social networking tools, webcasts, podcasts, user-generated content, and other means of interactive online communication.

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Sep 2007 - Present

Senior sub-editor

The New Indian Express

The New Indian Express is India's third largest English language newspaper.

  • Qualitative analysis of a 40-page weekly feature supplement including journalism and critique various social and political issues.
  • Development of page 1 stories.
  • Responsible for final editing and proof of over 10 pages including.
  • Youngest sub-editor within the organization with over 50 coverstories to credit.
  • Still continue to work for the organization as a foreign correspondent.
Jul 2006 - Jul 2007

Qualitative analyst/ Web content editor

Sify Limited

Point person for the conceptualization and production of videos, podcasts and live web streaming on thechannel. In charge of overseeing video distribution, online page views, and analysis of siteeffectively. Page views increased 60% within 6 months and self directed videos were consistently onthe top 10 ‘most viewed’.

Education

Education
Jun 2008 - Jun 2009

Masters of Technology, Innovation and Education

Harvard University

The Technology, Innovation, and Education Program (TIE) is multidisciplinary in nature and has taught me to  contribute to the thoughtful design, implementation, and assessment of educational media and technology initiatives.  Graduates of the program typically fill leadership positions in  areas of including design and production, policy development and analysis, technology integration and administration, research and evaluation, and teaching with new technologies.

Areas of Focus: Social media for education and leadership, multiple Intelligence, virtual brand identity, new media strategy.

GPA 3.8/4.0, Studied and researched topics such as Leadership and Entrepreneurship, Adult Development, The Power of Networked Learning, Negotiation and Competitive Decision Making, and Formative Evaluation.

Member - The Social Entrepreneurship X-lab incubated at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government, The Society for Social Enterprise in Action (SEIA), and Bridge club for Leadership in Education.

Active participant of ‘After Mumbai’ – An organization focused on improving awareness on terrorism, raising funds for and rehabilitating victims of the recent Mumbai attacks.

Jun 2003 - Jun 2006

Bachelor of Science

The University of Madras

Communication strategy through visual aid and conveyance of ideas and information in forms that can be read or looked upon.

Area of Focus: Advertising, brand building, film production

Technical skills: Photography, 3D animation

GPA 4.0/4.0, University/ College gold-medalist and record holder for highest grades in the communication stream holding University ranks in English and French.

Winner of University Fellowship for excellence in design, Best Technology Project and Best Social Imaging Project – ‘Through India’s Eyes’ - everyday images of the Indian grassroots population.

Founder President, Talking Heads – The College Debating Society

Student Editor-in-Chief of the Department journal - Cynosure.

Co-chair – English Literature club

Executive Head – College student union.

Skills

Skills

Technical and film skills

Professional diploma in Maya 3D Animation Professional certificate in 3D Special Effects   Advanced training in various animation and graphic design software, including professional certification in Maya (3D animation software), 3D Studio Max, Flash and a comprehensive knowledge of Adobe Creative Suite. Proficient in several editing software packages including After Effects, Final Cut Pro.

Curriculum Development

The Center for Civic Education Head of the Curriculum Design Team for the Center for Civic Education's upcoming Academy of Civic Education.     The MOP Vaishnav College ( University of Madras) Consultant – Academic Affairs ( School of Media and Communication)   Link real world industry experience to curriculum in undergraduate course in the School of media. Supplement discrepancies by arranging suitable guest lectures, workshops, research colloquiums. Point person between student council and college administration. Proposal and implementation of new academic projects. Assist in creating revised curriculum to meet growing academic standards.

Qualitative Evaluation

Harvard Division of Continuing Education Research Assistant   Analyze and decode data relevant to teaching and learning experiences at the Harvard School of Distance Education. Use decoded and evaluated data to suggest innovative solutions to minimize discrepancies in knowledge transcription both within and outside the framework of web or new-media traditional classroom. Observe how students from various cultural backgrounds react to and transcribe knowledge from educational podcasting and live classrooms and use data to help improve their experience.

Networking

Founder – President, MOP-ed An organization for the past, present and future students of the MOP Vaishnav College in Chennai, India. We organize various pep rallies, blood donation camps, self improvement workshops etc. aside from three formal meetings during the course of the year.   Across Borders ( Under construction) Currently working on a networking web-site to connect teachers from different countries. I am developing a medium where teachers can exchange ideas, curriculum and experiences. This is a research project from two classes taken at the Harvard Graduate School of Education – The power of networked learning, and Software project design.

Crisis Management

Coordinated and organized several rehabilitation workshops post the 2004 Tsunami in Chennai, India. Part of several initiatives including food, clothes, shelter drives and charity fund-raisers. Member of the team that put together ‘What they need’ – a 12 minute documentary on how to give emotional support to Tsunami victims.

Capacity Development

Core member, Virgo Event Management – A for-profit venture with over a decade experience in grooming women and children through various skill-development workshops and events. Public-speaking, fitness, family health and hygiene, cancer awareness, AIDS awareness, rally for gender equality, fitness for pregnant women, basic nutrition are some of the most popular issues addressed. Head coordinator, V-Kids - A sister non-profit organization aimed at child development dealing with sensitive issues such as understanding physical and verbal abuse, post-tsunami stress, examination anxiety and peer pressure.

Summary

Result-oriented, self-motivated, advanced education degree holder with excellent academic andprofessional record, and a strong desire to make a difference to the life of children.

  • Significant exposure in print media and visual communication with over 3 years editorial experience.
  • Passion for capacity development at a grassroots level with proven success rehabilitating women and girl children in post traumatic circumstances.

Major strengths include efficient leadership, excellent oral and written communication skills, strongnetworking skills, competent team player, and attention to detail.

Thorough knowledge of educational practices in both developing and western countries with a keen interest in gender equality issues.

Sound technical and new-media skills with a thorough knowledge of a repertoire of design and editing softwareincluding Adobe Creative Suite, Corel Graphic Suite and Microsoft Office.

Interest

Blogging, bollywood, oil-painting, gourmet cooking and comic illustration

Custom

Publications

112 articles in national and international, new-media and print publications on socialentrepreneurship and education. Also authored a college research journal - Game plan –The futureof video games in education.