Leadership Series: OER and the K-12 Classroom - Where's the Data?

Leadership Series Webinar
Wednesday, November 30
2:00 - 3:00 pm EST

Cuts in school budgets have made using openly licensed materials more attractive, but the national call for accountability has also brought challenges when teachers need to show that the resources they use is contributing to individual student achievement. So whether the material is openly licensed or comes from a more traditional publisher, there is one feature that all educational resources must have now: evidence. The resources need to provide information on both individual student and class performance so educator sand parents are able to track how students are doing on individual assignments and across entire subjects.

At this webinar you’ll hear from companies working with OER developers to provide teachers with performance data and learn how they are trying to marry openly licensed content and a data-driven world.



Chad Dorsey, The Concord ConsortiumChad Dorsey
President and CEO
The Concord Consortium

Chad Dorsey is President and CEO of the Concord Consortium, which has been an innovation leader in researching and developing STEM educational technology for the past twenty years. Chad's experience ranges across the fields of science, education, and technology. In addition to overseeing a wide variety of STEM projects at the Concord Consortium, he serves as a leader in educational technology across the field on numerous advisory groups and professional workshops. Prior to joining the Concord Consortium in 2008, Chad led teacher professional development workshops as a member of the Maine Mathematics and Science Alliance. Chad has also taught science in classrooms from middle schools through college and has guided educational reform efforts at the district-wide and whole-school levels. While earning his B.A. in physics at St. Olaf College and his M.A. in physics at the University of Oregon, Chad conducted experimental fluid mechanics research, built software models of Antarctic ice streams, and dragged a radar sled by hand across South Cascade Glacier. He first met computers when his family hooked an Apple II to their fancy new color TV set, and he's been a shameless geek ever since.

Dee Kanejiya, CogniiDee Kanejiya
Founder and CEO

Dee Kanejiya is founder and CEO of Cognii, a leading provider of Artificial Intelligence technology to education industry. Cognii’s award-winning Virtual Learning Assistant provides automatic assessment of students' open-response answers along with personalized tutoring. 

Dee has 16 years of experience in AI, speech recognition, consumer web and the education industries. He was part of the core technology team at Vlingo (now Nuance) that pioneered the virtual personal assistant technology for smartphones. He studied PhD in Electrical Engineering at IIT Delhi and post-doc research at CMU. 

He is passionate about improving the quality and affordability of education with the help of advanced technologies.

Doug Stein, metacogDoug Stein
Chief Technology and Business Development Officer

Doug has been working on creating and scaling technology-enabled personalized learning for the better part of the past 22 years. The tools didn’t really exist in 1994 when he established an interactive software simulation business unit at Pearson Addison-Wesley aimed at higher ed math, economics, and hard science. They existed (only if you were Amazon or a similar behemoth) in 2003 when he built a team at Learning.com to create a multi-publisher learning and assessment platform. From 2007 to 2013 he consulted to a number of leading adaptive learning companies and was also a board advisor to DreamBox Learning.

For the past three years, he’s been focused on building the metacog (short for metacognitive) learning analytics platform as an internet-scale utility for ingesting, analyzing, and visualizing detailed learner behavior – not only to score open-ended learning games and experiences, but also to detect learner affect (boredom/engagement, deep/shallow learning, clueless vs. transgressive play, etc.).

Doug has been a physicist, high school teacher, developer on large scale computational systems (Mathematica), CTO for a quantitative asset manager with $5 billion in pension funds, and other things. He keeps coming back to education (the “coal face”) to keep chipping away and make it what it could be.

Denise Wydra, Branch IdeasDenise Wydra
Branch Ideas

Denise Wydra is the principal at Branch Ideas, where she works with publishers, schools, edtech companies, and other innovative organizations to make effective change in education. 

Denise’s educational publishing experience includes almost two decades at Bedford/St. Martin’s (part of Macmillan Learning), a highly successful publisher for college and AP courses in writing, literature, history, and other skill-based and humanities disciplines. As editorial director and then president she oversaw the development and launch of new generations of digital and print/digital products, many of which became bestsellers in their markets—and also oversaw the evolution of the internal teams and digital platforms from traditional publishing to 21st-century media company.

In her business development role at leading edtech companies and now at Branch Ideas, Denise has worked with publishers, assessment companies, and others interested transforming their content, products, and business models to take full advantage of the new interactivity and data-generation possibilities afforded by digital innovations.