Academic Production Experience

Hollywood Production Backed by Academic Expertise

All Genius Academy content is developed in direct collaboration with subject matter experts (SME) and professional consultants from start to finish. Genius Academy is powered by Genius Produced, a full-service media and instructional design firm that has spent the past decade partnering with top-tier institutions and designing educational media experiential learning to transform pedagogy for higher education.
Writing: The SME reviews each version of the script in the writing phase to make sure that the DSM criteria are apparent and well-integrated into the character’s story.
Filming: The SME attends the filming session to give guidance and clarifications to the director and actors to ensure the most accurate portrayal of the criteria.
Editing: The SME does a quality control check to confirm that all elements of the diagnosis have remained vividly intact. The Hollywood experts make use of cinematic language and techniques to ensure that the film edits, sound, and music cues emotionally engage the viewer to enhance learning.
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Academic Expertise

Social Work Experts

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The learning objectives and academic content in each Genius Academy case study is designed under supervision of our Vice President of Curriculum, Dr. Gary J. Wood.

Dr. Wood is an accomplished educator and the former Vice President of Curriculum and Academic Relations at 2U, Inc., where he oversaw the curriculum conversion, development, and ongoing operations of the management system for the USC Suzanne Dworak-Peck School of Social Work’s web-based Virtual Academic Center.  

Dr. Wood also served previously as a Clinical Professor of Social Work at USC, where he was on faculty for 25 years.  In 2007, his course in psychiatric diagnosing was awarded a Best Practices Gold Award for Online Distance Learning Programming by the US Distance Learning Association.​
Genius Leadership

CEO K. Rocco Shields

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The brainchild of Genius Academy is founder and CEO K. Rocco Shields, who was recently named one of the Top 20 "Most Dynamic CEOS of 2021".  For more than a decade, Shields has collaborated with top-tier universities to create revolutionary immersive curriculum to heighten student engagement with experiential learning and narrative pedagogy.  From this vantage point, Shields saw a need to democratize online education, so she launched a revolutionary online e-learning media streaming service Genius Academy to provide affordable access to dynamic experiential learning assets for all learners.

Shields has received over two dozen awards internationally, but is most proud of the Certificate of Merit she received from the United States Congress for her work coupling cinematic arts and social change for her internationally acclaimed film "Love is All You Need?" Shields has developed a following as a thought-leader on the impact of media on the individual and on society, which has made her an in-demand public speaker on multiple topics including experiential education, cinematic engagement and anti-bullying.
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Team Genius

The diverse roster at Genius Academy includes award-winning producers, writers, editors, and directors with years of experience in the production of acclaimed entertainment and media projects. In addition, we have highly skilled, published educators on staff with years of experience at institutions of higher learning.
Proven Results

Transforming Mental Health Education

We believe online education is more than a zoom call or a talking head. It’s about experience. We’re a passionate group of teachers, educators, storytellers who have joined together to create education that is not only an immersive experience, but it also motivates learners by encouraging an emotional connection to the topic at hand and increases retention.
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Elevated Performance in the Field
Go the extra mile.
Increased learning and retention
…All while having fun.

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