Mikhail Gershovich is a teacher, speaker and educational technology consultant currently based in Los Angeles. He is the former Executive Director of the Bernard L. Schwartz Communication Institute at Baruch College, City University of New York and has led many innovative curricular initiatives around writing, speaking, new media and free and open source digital tools. Projects include Blogs@Baruch (http://baruch.cuny.edu/blogs), one of the largest, most active academic open online publishing platforms anywhere; cac.ophony.org, an award-winning blog by the Schwartz Communication Institute’s Fellows, and VOCAT, a fully featured video assessment application (http://vocat.io). Mikhail is an early and active participant in the DS106 digital storytelling community, especially in DS106Radio, and has served the CUNY Academic Commons Advisory Committee, the CUNY Skunkworks EdTech R&D group, and on editorial councils of the Journal of Basic Writing and the Journal of Interactive Technology and Pedagogy (JITP). He holds a PhD in English from the CUNY Graduate Center and has taught many undergraduate and graduate courses in composition, literature, film and new media at Baruch College, CUNY Graduate Center, Northeastern University and SUNY Old Westbury.