Marisa Bluestone

Macmillan Learning Adds Data Science Executive to Learning Science Team

Blog Post created by Marisa Bluestone on May 22, 2019

New York, NY; May 22, 2019 -- Macmillan Learning announced today that Alfred Essa will join the company's Learning Science and Insights team to lead and grow the Analytics and Data Science Group. This addition is part of the company's considerable investment in a comprehensive learning science program driving the company's next-generation of learning and retention products.


Macmillan Learning's Chief Strategy and Learning Officer, Dr. Adam Black said, "We can help students, instructors, and other college staff achieve more by designing experiences with them, that are engineered with Learning Science, and that provide formative, data-driven insights. Al's experience and expertise working both for major academic institutions and companies developing educational technology will help us accelerate that vision."


The Learning Science and Insights group Essa joins includes expert teams in experience, human-centered design, learning research, impact research, and analytics. Those teams work hand-in-hand with Macmillan Learning's product, engineering, and editorial teams to develop teaching and learning solutions that materially improve outcomes. The group's findings have bee presented widely at academic conferences and published in a variety of white papers and Learning Science Foundations under a Creative Commons license to help educators apply the best of learning science.


"Students and educators can be significantly more successful when they have the right insights at the right time, which is why we're focused on designing products that generate unique and powerful data," said Macmillan Learning CEO Ken Michaels. "We are thrilled to have Al joining at this exciting phase for our company and for education."


Essa previously held positions in education and educational technology including leading the analytics and R&D group at McGraw-Hill, leading innovation and analytics strategy for Desire2Learn, and driving enterprise infrastructure at Minnesota State Colleges and Universities as Associate Vice Chancellor and Deputy CIO.