Corporate Partners

Next Event
Thursday – Friday
May 18-19, 2017
Carnegie Mellon University

 Registration is CLOSED.

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Our 7th annual LearnLab Corporate Partners Meeting will be held on Thursday, May 18 and Friday, May 19, 2017 at Carnegie Mellon University. This year’s theme is “Carnegie Mellon University’s Learning Engineering Ecosystem” with the underlying goal to accelerate technology transfer from our university into industry. We would welcome you and your colleagues to join us.

We are pleased to announce that our two keynote speakers for the event are:

  • Larry Rudman, Vice President of Instructional Design and Research at Kaplan. Larry Rudman received his BA from Yale in 1989, and as a member of the first Teach for America class received a first-hand education in teaching in Brooklyn middle schools. He then pursued his doctorate in Human Development and Psychology at the Harvard Graduate School of Education. Previously employed by educational software company Sunburst Technology, Larry has been with Kaplan for the past eight years, overseeing asset development and leading the Learning Sciences Team. He was appointed VP of Instructional Design and Research in November 2013, and continues to work closely with top-flight international researchers.
  • Alfred (“Al”) Essa, Vice President, Analytics and R&D at McGraw-Hill Education.  (Sep. 2013 – present).  Alfred chairs the Learning Science Research Council, which has oversight of the company-wide learning science research portfolio. He has many years of leadership experience in innovation management, research, analytics, technology strategy. and operational excellence and is currently working on book on Enterprise Analytics for De Gruyter Press. Alfred is a High Honors, Phi Beta Kappa, and Magna Cum Laude graduate of Haverford College. He also holds Masters degrees (MA, MPhil) from Yale University, where he was an instructor in the selective Directed Studies honors program. In 1982 he served as a Thomas J. Watson Fellow.


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The scheduled agenda is below:

Continuous Improvement of Learner Outcomes through Evidenced Based Resources & Tools

Corporate Partners Meeting Agenda


May 18, 2017
Bridges Restaurant
Wyndham Hotel

6:00 PM Meet and greet Carnegie Mellon University researchers, METALS students, and other industry professionals in an informal setting with light dinner
8:00 PM End

May 19, 2017
300 South Craig Street, Room 172
Carnegie Mellon University

8:30 AM Overview of the Day, Introductions – Michael Bett
8:45 AM University-Industry Collaborations: Applying Learning Science for a Competitive Edge – Ken Koedinger
9:30 AM The Simon Ecosystem, Carnegie Mellon University’s OER & Tools – Norman Bier
10:15 AM Mirror LearnSphere, the World’s Largest EdTech Repository – John Stamper, Ken Koedinger
10:45 AM Break
11:00 AM METALS Student Showcase – Learn about their professional interests and experience – METALS Students
11:40 AM PhD/Graduate Student Showcase- Learn about their professional interests and research
12:00 PM Working Lunch: Interact with peers, METALS & PhD students/Post-Docs
12:45 PM Invited Speaker: Larry Rudman, Vice President of Instructional Design and Research at Kaplan
1:45 PM Gaps Between Research and Real World Practice – Mark Potter, Learning Designer at Pearson Education and METALS 2014 Alumni
2:15 PM Invited Speaker: Al Essa, Vice President, Analytics and R&D at McGraw-Hill Education,  “Verifying Bloom’s Radically Egalitarian Theory of Education”
3:15 PM Break
3:30 PM Computer Supported Collaborative Learning- Carolyn Rose
4:00 PM Role of Technology in Learning in the 21st Century – Amy Ogan
4:30 PM Opportunities for Collaboration – Ken Koedinger, John Stamper, Norman Bier, Michael Bett
5:00 PM End of Day


We are also very excited that Remake Learning Days will be May 15-19. It is a week-long celebration of activities and events showcasing everything that makes the Pittsburgh region a recognized national leader in innovative teaching and learning. Over 150 events are currently scheduled. You can find out more about this event at

At the corporate partners meeting, you will learn about the latest learning science and educational technology research underway at Carnegie Mellon University. Attendees will also have the opportunity to meet and recruit our current graduate students and post docs in the learning sciences as well as our Professional Masters in Educational Technology and Applied Learning Science (METALS) students. For those who are interested in possible collaborations, we would welcome discussions with our faculty.