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Follett’s 1,200 campus stores will offer students more affordable choices for Macmillan content to drive student preparedness and course success

 

New York, NY, July 19, 2017.   Macmillan Learning, a premier educational content and digital solutions company, today announced a new partnership with Follett Higher Education to provide more affordable rental options of popular Macmillan Learning solutions. Beginning this fall, some of Macmillan Learning’s popular textbooks and digital solutions will be available for consignment rental at more than 1,200 nationwide campus stores managed by Follett. This content, which will only be available to students to rent, will deliver significant savings for students compared with most rental pricing currently available or compared to the cost of purchasing a new textbook.  This partnership also enables Follett stores to offer students print plus digital bundles at substantially lower rental prices than previously possible.

 

Commenting on the partnership, Macmillan Learning CEO, Ken Michaels stated, “Affordability is a significant concern for students. At Macmillan Learning, we are evaluating everything we do to ensure we can provide students with access to the most affordable options for high quality course materials. This partnership with Follett enables us to offer lower priced options for content through all of their campus stores.”

 

Macmillan Learning's consignment rental program with Follett will not only provide students with direct savings, but also give them an option for continued  access to the digital content after the rental period ends at a substantially reduced price.

 

“Making college education more affordable and accessible to students by providing the widest range of course material options is our core mission at Follett, which is why we are pleased to offer Macmillan rentals at our campus stores,” said Clay Wahl, President of Follett Higher Education. “This partnership expands the number of physical and digital rental options available through Follett, the best source for students looking for course material solutions that match their individual learning and financial needs.”

 

“Central to Macmillan’s mission of improving lives through learning is to ensure that students can access the materials that they need to thrive,” said Mr. Michaels. “Until now, students have generally been forced to choose between inexpensive print rentals or grade-enhancing digital bundles. And that’s a shame because student’s success requires  a variety of resources and solutions to maximize learning. We’re pleased to launch this partnership with Follett to combine the cost savings of print rental with the learning outcome advantages of digital study aids and supplements.”

Both companies intend to expand this rental-only program and partnership in coming months. To learn more about all of Macmillan Learning’s affordable content and digital solutions, visit macmillanlearning.com. To learn more about Follett, visit http://www.follett.com.

 

About Macmillan Learning:

 

Macmillan Learning improves lives through learning. Our legacy of excellence in education continues to inform our approach to developing world-class content with pioneering, interactive tools. Through deep partnership with the world’s best researchers, educators, administrators, and developers, we facilitate teaching and learning opportunities that spark student engagement and improve outcomes. We provide educators with tailored solutions designed to inspire curiosity and measure progress. Our commitment to teaching and discovery upholds our mission to improve lives through learning. To learn more, please visit http://www.macmillanlearning.com or see us on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIN or join our Macmillan Community.

 

 

About Follett Corporation:

For more than 140 years, Follett has been a trusted partner to preK-12 schools, colleges and campus stores, taking care of the critical details that make it easier for schools to run, teachers to teach, students to learn and fans to celebrate. A leading provider of education technology, services and physical and digital content, Follett currently works with 70,000 schools and operates more than 1,250 local campus stores and 1,600 virtual stores. With the 2016 acquisition of Baker & Taylor, LLC, Follett's reach also extends into the public library and global retail markets. Today Follett Corporation is the world's largest single source of course materials, books, entertainment products, digital content and multi-media for libraries, schools and retailers. To learn more visit www.follett.com.

Company offers new options for students to access learning materials

 

New York, NY, July 17, 2017

 

It goes without saying that affordability is a significant concern for students. As such, at Macmillan Learning, we are evaluating everything we do to ensure we can provide students with the most affordable options for course materials. We are pleased to announce a number of new initiatives geared towards offering more affordable and flexible learning solutions for students.

 

Lower eBook Prices

 

Beginning in fall 2017, we are reducing the cost of most of our eBook titles. By opting to use an eBook, students will gain immediate access to course materials, which studies have shown enhance outcomes. eBooks represent the most affordable way to access course content. On average, the cost of a Macmillan Learning eBook will now be less than $50, making one of our most affordable options even more affordable.

 

“Central to Macmillan’s mission of improving lives through learning is to ensure that students can access the materials that they need to thrive,” said CEO, Ken Michaels. “Rather than offer lip-service to calls for more affordable learning materials, we’re proud to take action to provide students with the resources necessary to maximize learning.”

 

New Student Store

 

This summer, we are launching a new way to purchase course materials via the Macmillan Learning Student Store. The Student Store will be the 1-stop-shop for all materials, including print and digital purchases, as well as print rentals. Unlike other online retailers, the Macmillan Learning Student Store will offer ALL formats and varieties of content, as well as a robust mix of content combinations. By bundling printed texts, loose-leaf materials, as well as digital learning tools, students will have maximum flexibility to make the choices that make most sense for their learning needs. The Student Store is set to launch in time for the back-to-school season. Visit macmillanlearning.com for more information.

 

Rental Options

 

Increasingly students are opting to rent their course materials rather than buy. In fact, many studies indicate that rental is the preferred method of purchase for today’s students. While the rental of learning materials is not a new phenomenon, we are pleased to offer rental directly on the Macmillan Learning Student Store beginning this fall. We will offer rental of standalone course materials, as well as attractively-priced rental packages with our many digital learning solutions.

 

Students who rent from the Student Store are always guaranteed a new copy of the book with each rental and an unused digital access code.  As such, students can always be certain that the digital supplements and study tools are included with each rental. To learn more about the Macmillan Learning Rental Program, visit macmillanlearning.com.



Partnerships

 

A critical component of offering the highest-quality learning materials at the most attractive prices is partnering with key players in the education industry. We recently announced our partnership with market-leading eBook provider, Vital Source, in which we will offer mobile, responsive, and accessible digital tools for all learners. On Wednesday, July 19th, we announced a partnership with Follett Corporation to offer affordable learning materials at Follett's 1200 campus bookstores. Read more here.

 

Stay tuned for more partnership announcements! You can follow news about Macmillan Learning here.

 

About Macmillan Learning:

 

Macmillan Learning improves lives through learning. Our legacy of excellence in education continues to inform our approach to developing world-class content with pioneering, interactive tools. Through deep partnership with the world’s best researchers, educators, administrators, and developers, we facilitate teaching and learning opportunities that spark student engagement and improve outcomes. We provide educators with tailored solutions designed to inspire curiosity and measure progress. Our commitment to teaching and discovery upholds our mission to improve lives through learning. To learn more, please visit http://www.macmillanlearning.com or see us on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIN or join our Macmillan Community.

I come from a family of instructors. I believe there are few richer ways to contribute to the world than to help students to achieve their potential.

 

I’ve been incredibly lucky to have had a career that’s taken me all around the US, and all over the world - to meet all kinds of students and to witness passionate instructors, novel instructional techniques, and effective educational technologies in action. I’m always inspired by what I learn, and continually energized to create better ways to help students and instructors to succeed.

 

I’ve developed digital learning products for many years. At last count, they’ve been used by more than 25 million learners. That’s both thrilling and a humbling responsibility. Yet looking forward, I think we’re entering into a particularly exciting chapter in digital education. Here’s what we’re employing at Macmillan Learning and why I’m so excited by what we can contribute to learners and learning:

 

  • Digital technologies are finally sufficiently flexible and ubiquitous that we can develop learning products that really are personal and connected.

 

  • Design thinking has revolutionized how to co-create with students and instructors education solutions that solve fundamental challenges with compelling and intuitive experiences.

 

  • Learning Science is an evolving field, but much is well understood about how to apply it to design effective and impactful learning experiences. Blended with User Experience Design, we can now engineer better learning into digital products.

 

  • Agile development (from software, to content, and beyond) allows iterative, continuous improvement which is critical in turning a good learning experience into a great one.

 

  • Implementation science is emerging as a means to research how different instructors in different situations can achieve different results with the same learning tools, and to use these insights to help more of their peers to get better results.

 

  • Engineering digital products to capture specific interaction data is revealing entirely new, empirical insights into how students behave and learn. Combined with contextual “small data” from on-the-ground observations, we can now research at the local and national level - from how effective a product is in improving learner outcomes and how it can be refined, to how instructors can be guided to get the very best results for their students.

 

With this innovation toolkit to hand, it’s been a lot of fun to build an entirely new Learning Science and Insights team from the ground up at Macmillan Learning. We certainly don’t claim to have all the answers, but we do believe that the blend of learning science (what works), user-centered design (empathy and understanding), and insights from big and small data (empirical trends and local context) are helping us to design a next-generation of learning products that will help more learners to reach their goals.

 

We are energized by the opportunity to help learners and instructors to succeed, and humbled by the responsibility. We’ll be regularly sharing our approach, findings, successes and failures. We hope you’ll accompany us along our journey and contribute to it.

 

Providing instructors with reliable and practical evidence about what digital educational tools will improve learner outcomes for their courses is critical to improving student success. But the complexity and variety of their educational ecosystems makes measuring the impact of educational tools difficult.  

Instructors and institutions are increasingly asking for evidence of how a digital educational tool may perform for their student body, educational context, and course goals as part of their buying decision. Impact Research attempts to answer these questions by exploring the impact of a tool on educational outcomes. However, traditional approaches to Impact Research face significant challenges, including the complexity and variability of educational ecosystems, and the speed of innovation and continuous evolution of digital educational tools.

To address this, we at Macmillan Learning are excited by the opportunity to develop an innovative framework for researching the effectiveness of digital learning tools that incorporates a life-cycle of testing through all stages of development and as tools mature in market.  We believe that agile research methods that incorporate implementation science and rapid-cycle evaluations repeated in varied educational environments and use cases will lead to a continuously growing body of evidence that will provide more useful and actionable insights for instructors and institutions into how a product will be effective and under what circumstances.

Macmillan Learning partners with leading researchers

The development of a rigorous and practical approach requires expert input from many fields.  To help guide our approach, provide ongoing feedback as the framework is refined, and critique our reports and claims, the Learning Science and Insights Team at Macmillan Learning has formed an Impact Research Advisory Council.  These expert academics will support our efforts to make our research and evaluation insights meaningful to instructors and identify opportunities for optimizing the design, development, and use of tools and resources that we develop.

 

The Impact Research Advisory Council is made up of experts in the areas of using technology to enhance learning, practically measuring the impact of digital tools, modeling and evaluating learning performance, establishing standards for measurement in education, communicating results to increase utility, data security, and protecting the privacy of human subjects.  

 

Meet the Macmillan Learning Impact Research Advisory Council 

 

Dr. Christopher Dede; Timothy E. Wirth Professor in Learning Technologies, Technology Innovation, and Education Program at the Harvard Graduate School of Education  

Dr. Dede’s research focuses on developing new types of educational systems to meet the opportunities and challenges of the 21st Century.  His work spans emerging technologies for learning, infusing technology into large-scale educational improvement initiatives, developing policies that support educational transformation, and providing leadership in educational innovation.  He has conducted externally funded studies to develop and assess learning environments based on virtual worlds, augmented realities, transformed social interaction, and online teacher professional development.  He is a leader in mobile learning initiatives and has developed a widely used Framework for scaling up educational innovations.

 

Michael Feldstein; Partner at MindWires Consulting, Co-Publisher of e_literate, Co-Producer of e-Literate TV

Feldstein is a prominent figure in the educational technology space who regularly provides strategic planning and program management consulting for universities, publishers, educational technology companies, and financial services companies.  His research focuses on the development and provision of eLearning and knowledge management products and services, with a special emphasis on software simulations.  Feldstein is a frequent invited speaker on a range of e-learning related topics including; usability, the future of the LMS, ePortfolios, and edupatents for organizations ranging from the eLearning Guild to the Postsecondary Electronic Standards Council.  

 

Dr. Sara Finney; Professor, Department of Graduate Psychology and Associate Director in the Center for Assessment and Research Studies

 Dr. Finney’s work spans issues and techniques broadly related to measurement and statistics in psychology and education. Her scholarship focuses on the presence of less-than-ideal conditions for research, quality of measures, the measurement of academic entitlement, and test-taking motivation for students. As part of Dr. Finney’s work at the Center for Assessment and Research Studies she designs and leads impact research around campus initiatives.  Focused on actionable insights, the program of research is developed around gathering a body of evidence of effectiveness and impact using novel approaches to research and evaluation.

 

Dr. Suzanne Lane; Department Chair Research Methodology, University of Pittsburgh

Dr. Lane is a recognized measurement methodologist who has published extensively on technical and validity issues associated with educational measurement.  Her work is published in journals such as the Journal of Educational Measurement, Applied Measurement in Education, and Educational Measurement: Issues and Practice. She was the President of NCME, Vice President of Division D of AERA, member of the AERA, APA, and NCME Joint Committee for the Revision of the Standards for Educational and Psychological Testing, and member of the Management Committee for the next revision of the Standards. 

 

Dr. Thanos PatelisResearch Scholar, Fordham University and Principal Scientist, Human Resources Research Organization

Dr. Patelis has worked over 25 years in education as an applied researcher, statistical analyst, and measurement expert. His scholarship focuses on measuring learning progressions, constructing valid metacognitive measurements, multivariate statistical analysis, program evaluation, structural equation modeling, and applied psychometrics. His extensive experience and achievement is reflected in over 70 publications and 125 presentations. He is a fellow of the American Psychological Association (APA) Division 5, Qualitative and Quantitative Methods, has served as chair of APA’s Committee on Psychological Tests and Assessment, is head of psychology for the Athens Institute for Education and Research, and is associate editor for Applied Measurement of Education.

 

Dr. Elana Zeide; Yale Law School Visiting Fellow, Information Society Project; Princeton University, Associate Research Scholar, Center for Information Technology Policy

Dr. Zeide is an attorney, scholar, and consultant focusing on student privacy, predictive analytics, and the proverbial permanent record in the age of big data. Dr. Zeide examines the law, policies, and cultural norms emerging as education and human evaluation become increasingly data-driven. This includes exploring how innovation alters the assumptions underlying traditional and new approaches to data protection and creating cross-disciplinary conversations to better align privacy conceptualization and regulation to today's technology. Dr. Zeide is an affiliate at the Data & Society Research Institute, and an Advisory Board member of the Future of Privacy Forum.

 

We thank the expert Advisers working with us, and look forward to on-going engagement with the educational community as we learn and evolve our framework for measuring the effectiveness of digital learning tools.

This week, the Software & Information Industry Association (SIIA) named the 2017 CODiE Award Finalists. We are thrilled to have several nominated solutions this year!

 

Macmillan Learning - Intellus Learning
Best Digital Aggregation & Sharing Solution

Macmillan Learning - FlipIt 

Best Social Sciences or Social Studies Instructional Solution

 

Macmillan Learning - Sapling Learning

Best Science Instructional Solution

 

Finalists represent applications, products, and services from developers of educational software, digital content, online learning services and related technologies across the PreK-20 space. The SIIA CODiE Awards offer 93 categories that are organized by industry focus of education technology and business technology. The three nominated Macmillan Learning solutions are one of 160 finalists across the 34 education technology categories.

 

Winners will be announced during a CODiE Award Winner Ceremony in San Francisco on July 26 at the Education Impact Symposium, hosted by the Education Technology Industry Network (ETIN), a division of SIIA.

Details about each finalist are listed at: http://www.siia.net/codie/Finalists.

Company maximizing powerful opportunity to blend learning research, human-centered design, analytics, and impact research to help educators and learners reach full potential.

 

New York, May 10, 2017 – Macmillan Learning, a leading education solutions company, announced significant investments in expanding their learning research and design capabilities to leverage emerging research and insights to drive future innovation.

 

Chief Executive Officer, Ken Michaels stated, “We know more about how students learn than ever before. We have an unprecedented opportunity to help students to achieve their academic goals by utilizing the science of learning.  And in this rapidly changing education landscape, instructors and administrators are seeking partners able to provide holistic, actionable, data-based insights.”

 

This commitment is embodied in Macmillan’s Learning Science and Insights division. Led by Chief Learning Officer, Dr. Adam Black, the team’s mission is to forge a synthesized, end-to-end approach to the research, design, development, evaluation, instructional support, and continuous improvement of all learning solutions.

 

Macmillan’s Learning Science and Insights division brings together a formidable group of industry-leading researchers, analysts, and faculty advisors with Macmillan’s User Experience Design team. Senior leaders include: Dr. Jeff Bergin, VP of Learning Research and Design; Dr. Rasil Warnakulasooriya, VP of Analytics and Insights; and Dr. Kara McWilliams, Senior Director of Impact Research. Leveraging the considerable experience of the team, Macmillan’s unusually broad portfolio of learning tools, and the growing body of learning science, is helping Macmillan Learning to redefine a learner-centered strategy.

 

A lot is known about how to engage each learner at the right cognitive level, through to coaching them with effective study strategies during a course and through their college career,” described Dr. Black. “Codifying this research into practical design principles, and co-evolving solutions with learners and instructors through user-centered design enables us to develop innovative solutions that are deeply intuitive and engineered to improve learning outcomes.”

 

Dr. Black went on to describe their process. “Designing data capture and feedback loops into our learning solutions enables us to continuously improve and is already revealing fascinating empirical insights into learners that are driving our future innovations,” he noted.

 

Commenting on the new Learning Science and Insights division, Managing Director Susan Winslow said, “It doesn’t get more exciting than helping learners, instructors, and institutions achieve their best outcomes. We are applying educational research to the design of our products, continuously evaluating the impact of our solutions, and utilizing insights from big and small data, as we prepare to roll out the first solutions informed from this work in 2018. We are passionate about the opportunity to make a significant difference in the teaching and learning process. This is what drives us each and every day.”

 

Macmillan has a rich history of continuous innovation in education tied directly to enhancing the learner’s experience and ultimate success, including the recent acquisition of several educational technology companies.

To learn more about Macmillan Learning’s Learning Science and Insights team and the journey we are on, visit macmillanlearning.com

 

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About Macmillan Learning

Macmillan Learning improves lives through learning. Our legacy of excellence in education continues to inform our approach to developing world-class content with pioneering, interactive tools. Through deep partnership with the world’s best researchers, educators, administrators, and developers, we facilitate teaching and learning opportunities that spark student engagement and improve outcomes. We provide educators with tailored solutions designed to inspire curiosity and measure progress. Our commitment to teaching and discovery upholds our mission to improve lives through learning. To learn more, please visit our website or see us on Facebook, Twitter, or join our Macmillan Community.

Educational technology has the potential to dramatically improve learner outcomes, but only if instructors are helped to understand what works for their students and classrooms.

 

Measuring the efficacy of ed tech is difficult because of the complexity and variety of educational settings. Arriving at a clear approach begins with collaboration between developers, researchers and the instructors using these technologies.  

 

To work toward making efficacy research results more actionable, the University of Virginia’s Curry School of Education, in partnership with Jefferson Education Accelerator and Digital Promise, invited 275 researchers, entrepreneurs, district and university leaders, and teachers and professors to the EdTech Efficacy Research Academic Symposium in Washington D.C. The two-day meeting provided a forum for collaboration and the development of an action plan - to clarify what is meant by the efficacy of ed tech, and to develop more systematic approaches to measuring efficacy within complex and differing educational contexts.  

 

One of the clearest and most widely supported recommendations was that in order to better support instructors, a paradigm shift is needed in research - away from standalone statements of efficacy and toward the development of a body of evidence of a tool’s effectiveness. There was also consensus that building this sort of evidence takes time, and needs to be done collaboratively between researchers and educators.

 

Three key themes are driving the need for a paradigm shift in efficacy research

 

1.) The Counterfactual model is useful, but may not meet a university or instructor's needs

 

There was a strong message that researchers should resist the race up the ladder of evidence to randomized controlled trials (RCT), and instead rightsize study designs to provide insights that will help instructors.  During a panel discussion, Linda Roberts, Founding Director of the United States Office of Ed Tech suggested that the “Gold Standard” of RCTs cannot be the only model for measuring effectiveness in ed tech, noting that digital tools are often continually evolving.  Susan Fuhrman (Teachers College) echoed these comments by reminding us that RCTs should only be conducted when a product has been in use for at least a year and so aren’t useful for providing insights earlier in product development when significant changes could be made. And Brandon Busteed from Gallup shared from personal experience that many ed tech products won’t survive the (about) seven years it takes to fully communicate the results from an RCT, and that many adoption decisions are already made in absence of evidence.

 

The take-away: Conducting rapid-cycle studies that meet the standards of their design and provide actionable insights in a timely manner would better serve the needs of instructors and learners than would a rigorous RCT.

 

2.) Context and use cases are significant factors to consider when measuring impact

 

How an ed tech tool is used and in what context are critical to impacting learner outcomes.  There was consensus that systematically examining instructor implementations should be priority, as well as an understanding of the challenges.  Karen Vaites (OpenUp Resources) noted that, in general, edtech companies have a desire to explore context, but many can’t afford to conduct on-the-ground studies in multiple institutions and explore multiple implementation models.  Researchers and educators should work together to identify methods for measuring local impact and aggregating those results across multiple settings.  Results would help instructors to understand whether the edtech will work in a classroom like theirs. And, a meta-analysis of studies would be useful add to a product’s overall efficacy portfolio.

 

The take-away:  A tool’s efficacy research must start with a keen understanding of it’s users and use cases, and meaningful classifications of institutions and implementation models.  Then, a representative sample can be identified to conduct rapid, scalable implementation studies across contexts.  

 

3.) Providing instructors with the right information and at the right time to make informed decisions

 

Instructors often rely on a game of “telephone research” when making ed tech adoption decisions, asking friends and colleagues for advice - in part because research results are often not helpful to them.  In a lightning round presentation, Richard Culatta (ISTE) also reminded us that research results that emerge after adoption decisions have been made are useless.  Instructors can become more informed decision makers if the research community can evolve practices to provide more clear and timely communication about what works, for who, and why.  Linda Roberts suggested that if it takes three to five years to communicate research results, then current research should be focusing on the questions instructors will have three to five years from now!  These themes suggest that research should consider two parallel work streams: one providing immediate insights to instructors about current ed tech, and a second looking three to five years out, to set up studies to answer future questions.

The take-away: In the near term, instructors could benefit from intuitive dashboards that provide insights into their learners’ performance.  Rapid evaluations during the development of a product can deliver immediate, actionable results in brief, consumable reports.  Taken together, these artifacts can answer instructor’s immediate questions and build a body of evidence that will help to frame their future questions.

A call to action

The symposium concluded with a call to collaborative action - as Aubrey Francisco (Digital Promise) commented, “No one stakeholder [is] to blame for evidence not being [the] key driver of ed tech decision making, but it is everyone’s burden”.  Attendees committed to evolving the bridge between research and practice, and to partnering to grow a body of evidence that more effectively answers the questions emerging in schools and universities.

A job well done

 

A huge thank you to the University of Virginia’s Curry School of Education, the Jefferson Education Accelerator, and Digital Promise. And, to each of the Working Groups who spent the past six months tackling these tough topics, conducting important research, and sharing their findings throughout the two-day symposium.  All of the presentations were informative, insightful, and inspiring.

 

For more of my insights from the Symposium follow me on twitter at @karamcwilliams and join the conversation at #ShowTheEvidence.  

Also, be sure to stay tuned for my forthcoming blog series “Impacts to Insights” on the Macmillan Community 

Known by many names—mentor, instructor, professor, or teacher—you’re driven to action by one force: to inspire and educate the future. This is an immense task and, in our Information Age, it is one that is constantly changing. Yet, you persevere.

Over the course of my career in education, I’ve encountered many teachers who not only passionately instruct and educate, but strive to adapt to the increasing rate of change in technology and methodology. All of this is done in the name of student success.  

In fact, I remember a professor from my undergraduate days whose forward-thinking methods changed my worldview and her class marked a turning point in my maturity. This professor challenged my core beliefs, stretched my awareness, and encouraged me to use critical thinking and argument theory long before these methods were in vogue.

Looking back, it’s easy to see that the skills she taught in that class are critical in life. They not only strengthen a person’s approach to complex problems, but can shape the character of who that person will become.

With this in mind, I wanted to take the time this Teacher Appreciation Week to express our gratitude and admiration for everything it is that teachers do.

The work you do is an invaluable asset on the road to progress.  Make no mistake, you are affecting change and shaping the future of civilization every day, but the good news is that you’re not in it alone.

We’re here with you—ready to support your needs, tackle your challenges, and ease your burdens—every step of the way.  

All the best,

Ken Michaels

Appointment Signals Accelerated Innovation for Education Company

New York, NY & Austin, TX, April 27, 2017 - Macmillan Learning, a leading education solutions company, today announced the appointment of Chelsea Valentine as Chief Technology Officer. Ms. Valentine will play a key role in shaping the company’s technology agenda and future digital vision. She will report directly to Macmillan Learning Chief Executive Officer, Ken Michaels.

“We continue to see increased demand for more personalized teaching and learning pathways, data-driven decision making, and open architecture on college campuses,” said Mr. Michaels. “Chelsea brings a unique blend of skillsets and experience to drive innovative, flexible solutions for today’s educational challenges. She has the foundational discipline for the governance and scale necessary in our increasingly digital world.”

Ms. Valentine brings over 20 years of experience in technology, publishing, and education. As a published author of over a dozen books on web application development and a former adjunct professor, she brings a unique perspective as both an educator and technology leader. Ms. Valentine joined Macmillan in 2013 to lead product development for Sapling Learning, a division of Macmillan. In 2015, Ms. Valentine took leadership of the technology and engineering vision for the Macmillan team and has since revolutionized the company's architectural approach and roadmap.

“Chelsea’s expertise has been a game-changer,” said Managing Director, Susan Winslow. “Her collaboration with our Learning Science and Insights and Product Development teams has been instrumental to the creation of tools that most effectively drive positive student outcomes.”

Speaking about the importance of working in education, Ms. Valentine noted, “I have spent my career focused on education. I am thrilled to join this team and honored to support Macmillan Learning’s vision. This company has an impressive history of innovation and educational leadership. There is tremendous room to maximize the opportunities in education with our digital solutions. Most importantly, at Macmillan, our teams are not only working on bleeding-edge innovation every single day, we also all understand that what we do here every day matters.”

“Chelsea’s appointment is a key component to our strategy at Macmillan Learning as we continue toward our goals of innovation, operational excellence and improving lives through learning,” said Mr. Michaels. “She will be a key high impact player for our customers moving forward.”

Ms. Valentine will be based in the company’s Austin, TX office.

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About Macmillan Learning
Macmillan Learning improves lives through learning. Our legacy of excellence in education continues to inform our approach to developing world-class content with pioneering, interactive tools. Through deep partnership with the world’s best researchers, educators, administrators, and developers, we facilitate teaching and learning opportunities that spark student engagement and improve outcomes. We provide educators with tailored solutions designed to inspire curiosity and measure progress. Our commitment to teaching and discovery upholds our mission to improve lives through learning. To learn more, please visit our website or see us on Facebook, Twitter, or join our Macmillan Community.

Macmillan Learning has offices in Austin, TX; Boston, MA; Hamilton, NJ; Los Altos, CA; Plymouth, MI; New York, NY and Springfield, MO.

On April 25, Macmillan Publishers CEO John Sargent was honored with the PEN Award for Publishing, for "his fierce advocacy for the right to publish and for serving as a defender of publishers' and authors' intellectual property rights." (via pen.org. Read more.) Other honorees included acclaimed filmmaker Oleg Sentsov, The Women's March, and Stephen Sondheim, who won the PEN/Allen Foundation Literary Service Award.

 

“A pillar of the publishing world, John Sargent personally embodies the intellectual rigor, integrity, and public-mindedness that make publishing a noble profession. His leadership in the industry has served editors, writers, and booksellers alike, bolstering the strength of our community for more than three decades.” —Suzanne Nossel, Executive Director, PEN America via PEN.org

For more information, see coverage via Publishers Weekly (below) or at PEN.org.

 

At PEN Gala, Sargent Speaks to the First Amendment

By John Maher | Apr 26, 2017 | Publishers Weekly

 

The 2017 PEN Literary Gala, held on April 26 at the Museum of Natural History in New York, saw the publishing and nonprofit worlds come together in support of free speech. PEN president Andrew Solomon said the fundraiser was PEN's most successful to date, with nearly $2 million raised.

 

The publisher honoree was Macmillan CEO John Sargent, who spoke about the importance of the First Amendment to a room filled with authors such as Zadie Smith, Neil Gaiman, and Salman Rushdie. "For those of us who have made a living [in publishing]...defending the First Amendment, our choices are, by necessity, personal," Sargent said, adding that the amendment only referred to Congress's obligation to "make no law...abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press," and that it does not even define what free speech is. "There is no guidance, and the obligation to follow the amendment is only moral."

 

In his address, Sargent stressed the importance of maintaining freedom of speech in an industry that is built upon its principles—even when the speech needing protection or publication does not align with publishers' personal politics. The argument touched on an issue that has proven divisive in publishing of late, especially surrounding the now-abandoned book deal between alt-right provocateur Milo Yiannopoulos and Simon & Schuster, but also applies to Macmillan imprint Henry Holt's decision to continue to publish the works of former Fox News anchor Bill O'Reilly after the network let him go in the wake of numerous sexual harassment allegations.

 

Sargent noted historical examples as well, pointing to how "demoralized" he was after Simon & Schuster pulled American Psycho in the 1980s and "the great respect" he felt after Rushdie and his publisher, Viking, "withstood the onslaught" of anger and threats from portions of the Islamic world over the publication of Rushdie's novel The Satanic Verses.

 

"There are fewer and fewer of us who decide on what to publish, not to publish or, very occasionally, what book to pull," Sargent said. He added that simply deferring to self-publishers and expecting them to publish works rooted in speech or ideology that those in the book industry don't agree with isn't enough—despite his personal political inclinations. "There is a steady drumbeat asserting that lines should be drawn...but unfortunately, the very act of drawing a line and making that decision runs counter to our obligations to defend free speech."

 

Others honored last night included Stephen Sondheim, who actress Meryl Streep presented with the PEN/Allen Foundation Literary Service Award; the 2017 Women's March, awarded with the PEN/Toni and James C. Goodale Freedom of Expression Award; and the imprisoned Ukrainian filmmaker and writer Oleg Sentsov, who was awarded the PEN/Barbey Freedom to Write Award.

In this article, Dr. Walter Bortz II describes his inspiring visit with Albert Bandura, author of our recent title, Moral Disengagement: How People Do Harm and Live With Themselves (2016) and his earlier work with Macmillan, Self Efficacy (1997) . At age 91, Dr. Bandura is an inspiration to us all!

 

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/dare-to-be-100-a-gem-retrieved-albert-bandura_us_58d18c14e4b0537abd9575ae 

Macmillan Learning is partnering with media partner, EdSurge, and NY EdTech Meetup to host an edtech job fair! We are thrilled to welcome early stage start up companies and job seekers to our Manhattan headquarters on Thursday, April 27th from 7-10pm. This unique networking event is designed to help qualified individuals find their next job in the education technology industry. So, if you're a former teacher, developer, or passionate marketing or business development leader, this is the event for you!

 

For more details and to register for the event, click here.

 

If you have any questions, email: nikki.jones@macmillan.com.

Nikki Jones

New Support Community!

Posted by Nikki Jones Employee Apr 5, 2017

Attention customers! 

 

We are thrilled to launch our new Digital Product Support Community! In this new community, you can read knowledge articles, create support cases, view product tutorials, and more.

 

How is this better?

 

  • You can easily get answers to simple questions and known issues at the touch of a button.
  • You can create a support case, and follow it through our support system until the issue is resolved.
  • You can request additional articles or make suggestions to improve our existing articles.
  • This new support community is already a part of the Macmillan Learning communities that you already know and love, making one stop shopping even easier.

 

Add a comment or question on the new support community to let us know what you think!

What hot topics will have everyone at SXSWedu talking? We have a few predictions on the popular themes and trends that might take shape over the course of the week.

Of course, the team here at Macmillan Learning will be hosting several events that you won’t want to miss—but this conference will be full of interesting lectures and discussions that have the power to rock the education world as we now know it.

So, without further ado, here are our predictions on what’s likely to set this conference abuzz:  

Diversity and equality

Not only is this a hot topic in education, but the world at large, so we fully expect to see topics on diversity and equality woven throughout the SXSWedu. From lectures and panels to discussions in networking lounges, this is our chance to open up the dialogue and address the very real concerns we have in terms of making education accessible and equal for all.

Harnessing the power of data

As education continues to go digital, the amount of online student data will only continue to grow. The challenge facing many educators is what to do with all of that data—what are the best ways to process, analyze, and secure it? We expect to hear personal success stories regarding data from educators and entrepreneurs across the country.

The merging of arts and science

For years, it’s been STEM on one side of the coin and humanities and liberal arts on the other. As we move forward, however, we’re noticing a trend that weaves arts and science together. This theme will likely present itself throughout SXSWedu this year.

Maker culture

The maker revolution will be alive and well at SXSWedu. This tech-based branch of DIY culture can help improve classrooms simply with its think outside-of-the-box approach. There will be lots of discussions on maker ideology that can help educators do much more with less. In fact, the Macmillan Learning team hosted a session workshop, Design Your Own Learning App (in Just 2 Hours!), that provided participants with the tools needed to DIY a learning app catered to their classroom.

Virtual reality (VR) in the classroom

2016 was a banner year for VR as several new devices hit the market—from the affordable HTC Vive to the pricey Oculus Rift. 2017, however, will be the year where we find new and inventive ways to apply this technology to the classroom—and SXSWedu will be an open platform for brainstorming ideas with fellow educators.

So, whether the above topics turn out to be a hit or not, they are certainly themes worth exploring in the classroom. We’re eager to learn more about these topics so we can continue to provide high-quality educational content for educators.

In the meantime, if you have any questions or concerns about where to find us at SXSWedu, send us a note. We hope to see you there!

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Macmillan Learning's legacy of excellence in education informs our approach to developing world-class content with pioneering and interactive teaching tools. Through deep partnership with the world's best researchers, educators, administrators, and developers, we facilitate teaching and learning opportunities that spark student engagement and improve outcomes. We provide educators with tailored solutions designed to inspire student curiosity and measure progress. Our commitment to teaching and discovery upholds our mission to improve lives through learning. Learn more by visiting our website.

It’s the final countdown until SXSWedu! We’re putting all the final touches on our jammed-packed schedule—and can’t wait to see you at the conference in March.  

For those who may not be familiar, the SXSWedu Conference & Festival is a part of the world-renowned SXSW family of conferences and festivals held annually in Austin, TX. SXSW is known for its cutting-edge innovation in the interactive, film, and music industries—and SXSWedu is no different. This education conference was created to foster “innovation in learning by hosting a diverse and energetic community of stakeholders across a variety of backgrounds in education.”

We’re eager to continue to lend our expertise and developments with a forward-thinking community that’s as passionate about the progress of education as we are. We have some must-see events you’ll want to check out. Here’s where you can find us throughout the conference:

Design Your Own Learning App (in Just 2 Hours!)

Monday, March 6
1:30PM - 3:30PM
JW Marriott - Room 203-204

Have you ever wanted to create and design a learning app catered to your specifications? In this one-of-a-kind event, participants will engage in a learner-centered design process to conceptualize, design, and test their own learning app.

Our presenters—who are experienced, credentialed learning designers—will take participants through a six-step design process that incorporates the following:  

  • Learning problem exploration and analysis
  • Learning sciences consultation
  • Prototyping
  • User testing

This process is based on user-centered design and design-based research methods. Participants will leave this lecture with a deeper understanding of learning design and will be able to adopt or adapt the design model for use in their own settings. Add this session to your schedule today!

SXSWedu Startup Showcase

Tuesday, March 7
6:00PM - 8:00PM
JW Marriott - 3rd Floor Prefunction

We’re hosting the SXSWedu Startup Showcase this year. This networking event works to spotlight the education startups participating at the conference. The cocktail-style reception will provide attendees the opportunity to demo products and offer valuable, real-time feedback in a fun and casual atmosphere.

#TAPSXSWEDU 5th Annual Ed Tech Cocktail Party

Contact us for details

We're especially excited about our #TAPSXSWEDU Ed Tech cocktail party on Tuesday night! This is our fifth annual Ed Tech happy hour that will tap into the innovative spirit of SXSWedu. Edtech startups, entrepreneurs, and business investors will all get together to enjoy food, drink, music, and conversation.

This is an exclusive, invite-only event, so if you’d like to learn more, please contact us directly for details.

SXSW Job Market Exhibitor

Saturday, March 11 – Sunday, March 12
10:00AM – 5:00PM
Austin Convention Center, Exhibit Hall 1, Stand #418

You can find us at stand #418 at the Job Market on Saturday and Sunday. We’ll be more than happy to share information on careers at Macmillan Learning, as well as details on the recruiting process and the education industry.

We’re looking forward to connecting with you at SXSWedu! If you have any questions between now and then, feel free to send us a note.

See you in Austin!  

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About Macmillan Learning:

Macmillan Learning's legacy of excellence in education informs our approach to developing world-class content with pioneering and interactive teaching tools. Through deep partnership with the world's best researchers, educators, administrators, and developers, we facilitate teaching and learning opportunities that spark student engagement and improve outcomes. We provide educators with tailored solutions designed to inspire student curiosity and measure progress. Our commitment to teaching and discovery upholds our mission to improve lives through learning. Learn more by visiting our website.