Dr. Jasmin Bey Cowin

Currently, I am the Chief Marketing Officer for a start-up IT company, PeopleMovers®, a Community Networking Platform. As an experienced executive, both at a strategic and operational level, with strong track record in developing, driving and managing business improvement and development, change management and turn-around I worked with value-adding leadership. The main drivers have been branding, marketing and efficiency, improved customer satisfaction and retainment, customer service, product management, cross functional business improvements and development of sponsor presentations with sponsor meetings.

The Presidency of the Rotary Club of New York is dear to my heart. As the second woman to be elected in 109 years, I have a leadership role in shaping and directing the club’s programs and international strategic alliances. Part of this volunteer leadership position centers around cooperation and collaboration to do “Service above Self.” The Rotary network encompasses more than 1.3 million members worldwide. Currently, I am working on our International Breakfast Lecture series at the United Nations and a Harvey Relief event to increase visibility of the club’s Rotary branding. The International Breakfast Series is streamed live on Facebook with an audience of 5000+ international viewers. In addition, I am the US Ambassador of the Hepatitis Zero Campaign, a worldwide campaign for which I am part of the Media relations team. Through my volunteer position as the President of the Rotary Club of New York and host mother to international students from South Korea, Venezuela, Brazil, Saudi Arabia, Belgium, France, China, Kazakhstan, and Italy I am extremely knowledgeable about cultural differences and sensitivities, team work, plus meaningful cooperation and collaboration within a team structure. Due to my Rotary position, there is a strong national and international network available for outreach.

As a University Pathway facilitator at EF – Education First, I conceived, designed and developed multiple portfolios of face-to-face, online and blended curricula across a variety of disciplines. For EF’s Russian branch I hold interactive Adobe Connect webinars for Russian ESL university faculty at academic institutions such as Moscow University, St. Petersburg, and Siberia with practical applicability into real-life teaching scenarios. I successfully designed, implemented and taught 21st Century courses for international students which focused on educational technology literacy, assessments, activity paths, learning objectives and content for each course with a 100% paper-free learning environment. Excellent student participation and student ratings for my courses were achieved through online collaborative tools.

Realizing that Educational and Instructional Technology are pivotal in today’s fast changing education environment I completed this August a Masters Degree in Educational Technology at the Marlboro School of Graduate and Professional Studies, Vermont, with a GPA of 4.0. During my time at Marlboro College, I studied, analyzed and applied pedagogical best practices and supporting media and educational technologies needed to successfully execute online, f2f and blended learning and marketing environments.

I am a Fulbright Scholar, who holds a Doctorate in Education from Columbia University and a Masters in Educational Technology.

Curriculum Vitae – Dr. Jasmin Bey Cowin

cropped-cropped-20161013_094915.jpgTarrytown, NY 10591 

Skype: jasmin.bey.cowin

Blog: https://drcowinj-locationindependentteach.com

Mature, experienced, “Muttersprache” bilingual English/German professional with an extensive technology, research, and teaching background. Fulbright Scholar, who holds a Doctorate in Education and a Masters in Educational Technology completed August 2017 with a GPA of 4.0.

Core competencies include:

  • Expert ESL Facilitator
  • Instructional Design
  • Academic Research and Writing
  • Advanced Grammar
  • Research Databases
  • Webinars
  • E-learning, online learning
  • Web Design and Media Production
  • Social Media Integration
  • Agile Project Management
  • Not-For-Profit and Board Experience/Rotary Club of New York
  • Leading Change Management
  • Current knowledge of scientific and research institutions in Germany and in the US, and Canada
  • Legal and Ethical Issues of Copyright and Fair Use
  • Highly experienced and schooled in public speaking
  • Google+, Quizlet, Realboard, WIX, WordPress, PPT, Prezi, Blackboard, Canvas, Moodle, Storyline, PowToons, Quizlet, qzzr, Second Life, Instructables, Infographics, Screencast, SoundCloud, Arduino, GitHub, Marvel App, Assistive Technology


PRESIDENT 2017-2018

Volunteer leadership position with a domestic and international presence with access to 1.3 million fellow Rotarians globally. As the President, I communicate, schedule, book and host national and international speakers for both the luncheons and International breakfast meetings at the UN. Also, I am responsible for communication across borders and implementation of successful global partnerships with NGO’s and countries such as the Balkan States, Germany, South Korea, Greece, Kazakhstan, Italy, France, Belgium to name but a few.

First German-American voted by the membership to become President. First female President since 2002. Part of the leadership team of the New York Rotary Club with the directive to create a membership development plan in conjunction with 21st strategies and tools.  Designing and implementing recommendations for the club’s orientation program and membership orientation. Vetting, retaining and scheduling special events, speakers and developing a yearly calendar. Working on International Rotary grants, the New York Mayors Initiative, The United Nations Rotary Day and the New York City Marathon. Branding, large scale events, International Breakfast Meetings at the United Nations which are streamed live on Facebook to an audience of more than 5000.

Rotary Club home page https://portal.clubrunner.ca/3633



As the Lead Educational and Content Designer, stakeholder and administrator for PeopleMovers®, I am responsible for the design and substance of their e-Learning.  https://www.peoplemovers.com/about.  Contacted and set-up sponsor meetings with the German Center for Innovation and Technology, Fulbright, The United Nations Association, Leuven University, and The Boy Scouts.  Researched, prepared, created and written concise educational content, quizzes, and Instructables for the PeoplePrep App. Testing/piloting content and beta app through focus groups to assess clarity and impact before launching PeoplePrep live.

PeopleMovers Profile https://www.peoplemovers.com/drcowinj#/boards/all/profile/25132



Create, design, and present multiple portfolios for advanced business English and general English in-class, online, and blended curriculum within University Preparation Program for international students between 16 through 25. Develop and implement course curriculum. Work with students on e-portfolios, collaborative grammar activities which culminate in a grammar fair. Produce academic reading and writing documents. Prepare students for the TOEIC and TOEFL. Conduct academic research. Facilitate formal presentations and courses including but not limited to: College Freshmen Survival Course, The Language of Wall Street-Financial Literacy, College Application Essay, Critical Reading, Intercultural and Cross-Cultural Communications, and Diploma and Career Skills.  Create, design and deliver webinars for the Russian Territory of EF through Adobe webinars.



Conduct annual lecture combining music, psychology, opera, Jung, and Freudian concepts and connect them to classical Aristotelian concepts.



Oversee strategic plan for start-up, non-profit organization seeking to design interactive curriculum for emergent young global leaders. Facilitate ESL sessions at the Young Global Leadership Colloquiums. Designed College Preparedness Program (CAP). Represent foundation to board of directors. Helped create message and branding concept. Work with international speakers and students. Academic Reviews for “Calls for Papers.” Evaluate participant application essays. Design colloquiums. Served as a founding member of German charter.


LECTURER (2008-2012)

Lectured to the general public on music appreciation, music history, and opera history.



Created lecture series on archetypes in opera and their musical & stage representation and the Aristotelian concept of a cathartic “release” in plays. Delivered weekly lecture.



Created curriculum and taught classes on opera and the history of Western music. Received William C. Musham Award for Excellence in Teaching, 2002.



Prepared students for the Regents exam



Master in Educational Technology, January 2016- August 2017, GPA 4.0


Doctor of Education


Masters of Education


Advanced Music Studies


Fulbright Scholarship

MUSIKHOCHSCHULE, Karlsruhe, Germany

Diplom in Orchestermusik und Erziehung

Ethical, Legal, and Fair Use Issues in Copyright or Can I do this?

20160831_134638An overview of Copyright and Fair Use Issues for Students Preparing to enter College by Dr. Jasmin Bey Cowin

Copyright issues are nothing new under the sun.  The Statute of Anne; April 10, 1710, shows that fair use and copyright issues started almost simultaneously with the proliferation of printing presses: “Whereas printers, booksellers, and other persons have of late frequently taken the liberty of printing, reprinting, and publishing, or causing to be printed, reprinted, and published, books and other writings, without the consent of the authors or proprietors of such books and writings, to their very great detriment, and too often to the ruin of them and their families: for preventing, therefore, such practices for the future…” The Statute of Anne complete text.

I am fascinated with fair use issues which directly relate to linking to other sites.  The question is why CNN, or Time, or Ticketmaster, would object to a link to their page.

“Isn’t the whole point of having a web page to attract users? These hyperlinks are like referrals — and one rarely hears of one party suing another for sending customers to their store. What’s going on here? In a word — advertising (and advertising dollars). In both suits, plaintiffs are asserting that the way that defendants link to their page deprives the plaintiffs of advertising revenue that is properly theirs. TotalNews, for example, surrounds its web page with a “frame” — a border that appears on the screen that contains advertising sold by TotalNews (or other messages that TotalNews wants you to see). Things get interesting now: if, say, you click on the link to ABC’s web page, you will indeed see the ABC page — but the TotalNews border continues to sit there, showing you the advertising that TotalNews has sold (which squeezes any advertising that ABC may contain into a smaller area on your screen). Similarly, Ticketmaster asserts that Microsoft, by linking to the Ticketmaster website, “has gained revenue from advertising made a part of Microsoft’s website, depriving Ticketmaster of favorable advertising business” and that its actions constitute “electronic piracy.” An Introduction to Copyright Law 

Yet, a process can not copy written. So, is CPR a process? When IS something a process? But the questions go deeper.

Works for Hire

Let’s take a look at the idea and concept of  Work For Hire. In An Introduction to Copyright Law, it is stated, “copyrightable material created by an individual in the course of employment is considered to be a work for hire. Ownership of the copyright vests automatically in the employer.”

What does this mean? Who owns the lessons or any original works that were developed for classes?  Are these lessons and creative output the property of the school or district one was employed by? Or if one is a Masters student researching at a college, is that research now the universities property and if one changes programs does that research now becomes untouchable by its creator?  Is a student researcher who pays for the privilege to study not allowed to share or even quote their work? What happens if the student or teacher puts a Creative Commons license on their work?

Reading Understanding Copyright Law by Marshall A. Leaffer will help you to either become more confused or gain a better understanding of the complexities regarding copyright issues.

What is the Creative Commons?

“A Creative Commons (CC) license is one of several public copyright licenses that enable the free distribution of an otherwise copyrighted work. A CC license is used when an author wants to give people the right to share, use, and build upon a work that they have created.” Creative Commons license – Wikipedia

This infographic is an excellent way to get an overview of the traditional copyright process and the Creative Common Process.

The Creative Commons gives everybody the power to select their own license and tag their materials. 

The Creative Commons feature various ways one can legally control one’s work without taking the “extreme” route of completely denying remix or reuse of their content.

Digital Rights Management

How does Digital Right Management work?

Digital rights management, or DRM, is the term to try and limit the copying of music and movies. With new technologies, especially the digitization of movies and music, it is almost effortless to copy and distribute music and movies. This is a major issue regarding copyright issues, and millions of dollars are being lost by companies or creators of music, films, etc. Companies have tried to restrict the copying of their materials by putting code onto their CDs to confuse copying software. Instead of trying to find people who have violated the law, companies are seeking to make it harder to copy materials. The problem, of course, is the consumer might want to make copies of the material just for his/her own use. It is relatively easy to restrict the number of copies of a song, but what if the owner buys a new iPod. That owner has the right to that song, after all, they bought it! Sometimes the file can only be copied from the computer it was originally downloaded on to, but what if the computer got infected, or died?

Copyright issues are laws within a country, but the copying and distribution of materials happen across borders. International treaties, like the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA), try to address these complex issues.

Writing a paper and in need of public domain resources?

The  Digital Public Library of America (DPLA) offers plenty of resources and mimics some in-person museum experiences in a virtual setting.

The home page is divided into multiple components that help the viewer to get oriented to the site quickly and able to determine which option will get the viewer further into the website content. Drop down menus, and content links are well labeled and make choices clear and easily understood.

The central section on the HOME page in the top left is dedicated to advertising the newest exhibition which currently is the American Empire. It offers a scrolling slideshow of maps and other content that catch the viewer’s eye and encourage further exploration. Below it is a search box that boasts content of over 16,000,000 items. Currently, there are 32 different Exhibition topics to explore. The website states that:

“Digital Public Library of America (DPLA) Exhibitions are designed to tell stories of national significance using source materials from libraries, archives, and museums across the United States, including letters, photographs, posters, oral histories, video clips, sheet music, and more.” The Home page also offers News and Twitter feeds and provides examples of Apps that others have created using the data collections on the website.”

When looking for non-copyright pictures the following short video will help guide you:

Steven Davis Video: Finding “Free-to-Use” Pictures

Open Educational Resources – for everybody!

“Open educational resources (OER) are freely accessible, openly licensed text, media, and other digital assets that are useful for teaching, learning, and assessing as well as for research purposes. It is the leading trend in distance education/open and distance learning domain as a consequence of the openness movement.”
Open educational resources – Wikipedia

Erica Zimmer, a graduate student at Marlboro College for Professional and Graduate Studies explains OER’s in a short video.

Open Educational Resources Video by Erica Zimmer

Creative Commons – The more you know by Dr. Jasmin Bey Cowin

What does it all mean for Me? (The Student)

I believe everybody should make choices from Wikimedia and other CC sources. It is important to respect the work of others.   Taking the time and effort to use one’s own images whenever possible will add several layers of work.  Yet, the whole point of going to college is to create competency in writing, presentations, and knowledge. Copying others work is Plagiarism, not flattery!

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#RCNYRotaryWalks (around the world!)

Start: October 14th, 2017

Central Park, NY and around the world!

All RotarRCNY new designy Clubs, Rotaract Clubs, Interact Clubs are welcome – it’s a big world! Invite your friends, bring your family, activate your neighbors, reach out –  Let’s do a global walk to create better visibility of our Rotarian values and goals, increase visibility, see what other clubs are doing, and enjoy great fellowship!

# Rotary Walks – around the World, will be the common bond, goal, and outlet for Rotary members combined philanthropic energy waiting to be unleashed, creating global visibility to the Rotarian foundational core values. Each club picks their own time, route, distance and project they want to feature. THEN: Post your walk pictures, project and how far your Club walked so we can tally the miles – around the globe to this link: PeopleMovers, the Community Network

Slide Presentation!

-RCNY #RotaryWalks PeopleMovers

by Dr. Jasmin B. Cowin, President Rotary Club of New York, 2017-2018

Presidential Motto for 2017 – 2018
Cooperation + Collaboration = Transformation