Rob Stephenson is an educator, eLearning architect and consultant living in San Francisco. He is Community Manager of the Global Education and Learning Community (GELC) on java.net. In his spare time Rob is Assoc. Prof. of Biological Sciences at Wayne State University in Detroit, MI, where he has taught an online physiology class for the last seven years. Rob is a pioneer of the "open course" movement: applying the principles of openness and collaborative development to create interactive learning materials. He founded the first open course project, the Harvey Project, an international collaboration to build free learning objects for physiology (about half of them Java applet simulations). He is the organizer of OpenCourse.Org, an NSF-funded platform to support open course projects (think CollabNet or SourceForge for learning object developers). Rob holds an A.B. in physics from Princeton, a Ph.D. in neurophysiology from MIT and Java programming certification from Sun Microsystems.