Are you curious—or anxious—about machine learning and artificial intelligence EdTech? Do you want to know what the research does and doesn’t tell us about how data science tools help with student retention, success, and learning? Want to talk data ethics? Or about equity and economic theory? Or open-source in EdTech? Or the history of the LMS? Or Jorge Luis Borges?
My good friend Al Essa can talk about all these topics and more. I’ve known Al for about 20 years, from back when he was CIO of MIT’s Sloan School and we were both working on an early open-source LMS that was built on something like what we call microservices today (although I don’t think the term had been invented at the time). More recently, Al has run data science-related R&D programs at McGraw-Hill Education, Macmillan Education, and D2L. He is currently a Simon Fellow at Carnegie Mellon University.
Al is going to be our special guest in this week’s Blursday Social on March 11th from 4 PM to 5:30 PM ET. Come chat with us!