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Pearson presents: Big Data in Education


Thursday, December 12, 2013 from 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM (EST)

Pearson presents: Big Data in Education

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Join Pearson, the leading learning provider in the world, for a panel on how Big Data and related new technologies are rapidly changing the landscape of education. Hear from thought leaders and gain a better understanding of emerging data and analytics trends that will shape the future of the industry.


6pm- Registration, Networking, Light Appetizers and Beverages

6:30pm-7:30pm- Panel Discussion 

7:30pm-8:00pm- More networking 


Pearson- Diana Stepner, Head of Future Technologies

Her focus is building prototypes using new digital devices and technologies.  She also helps business units accelerate innovation by working with developer communities, incubators and startups.


Connections Education- Barbara Dreyer, President and CEO

Barbara is a serial entrepreneur who has started three companies, the most recent being Connections - which was acquired by Pearson in November of 2011.  

Blackboard Analytics- Jim Hermens, General Manager

Jim manages the product strategy, direction and vision for the Blackboard Analytics Platform. Most recently, Jim was VP of Product Management at Spectrum K-12 School Solutions, a leading provider of comprehensive management solutions in K-12.

American Public University System- Dr. Phil Ice, VP of Research and Development

Phil's research is focused on the impact of new and emerging technologies on cognition in online learning environments. 

Pearson- Andy West, VP Analytics and Adaptive Learning Technology

Andy is responsible for software services used across Pearson products. Prior to joining Pearson, he was the co-founder and original architect for Terma Software Labs, makers of a predictive analytics application for corporate job scheduling.

 Starfish Retention Solutions- David Yaskin, CEO and Founder

Since its inception, David has managed Starfish Retention Solutions,  a leading provider of enterprise student success platforms for higher education. Previously, David was the vice president of product strategy for Blackboard during its rapid growth from 1999 through 2007.

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Pearson is the world’s leading learning company, providing educational materials and services, and business information through the Financial Times Group. Pearson serves learners of all ages around the globe, employing 48,000 people in more than 70 countries. For more information, visit www.pearson.com and watch our video here. Follow @PearsonLabs to get the most up-to-date news about Pearson Catalyst.
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1133 15th St NW
Washington, DC 20005

Thursday, December 12, 2013 from 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM (EST)

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