University Dialogue: George Mason University

AAP’s Higher Education Committee held its first University Dialogue on December 3, 2013 at George Mason University in Fairfax, VA. Co-sponsored by the University’s Division of Learning Technologies and Virginia Delegate Eileen Filler-Corn, it marked the first time the Committee had co-sponsored an event with a public official.

GMU President Emeritus Alan Merten welcomed the participants, marveling at the rapid pace of technological change in higher education. Merten applauded AAP for recognizing that “things have changed and we have to listen to each other.” He also recognized AAP’s initiative: “we can watch change or lead change and what AAP is up to now is to lead change.”

David Anderson, AAP Executive Director for Higher Education, formally convened the session by saying it was the hope of learning companies to use forums like this to help higher education adopt new technologies to promote “transformative” rather than “disruptive” change.

Each AAP member company then presented its viewpoints, followed by a robust and vigorous discussion about the current state of educational technology and where it should go in the future. The goal was to create a venue where an open conversation could occur concerning using technology to control cost and increase quality. AAP agrees with President Merten that we must listen to each other and will find new venues for dialogue.

Photo Credit: Hilary Schwab Photography

Event Program | University Dialogue Brochure


  • Virginia Delegate Eileen Filler-Corn
  • David Anderson, Executive Director for Higher Education, Association of American Publishers
  • Karen Allman, Executive Director, Pearson Learning
  • Tori Olson Alves, Senior Director, Enterprise and Learning Solutions, McGraw-Hill
  • Keith Collins, District Sales Manager, McGraw-Hill
  • Lisa Culhane, Director, Program and Channel Development, Global Education, John Wiley & Sons
  • Stephen Hochheiser, Vice President, College Stores and Public Affairs, Cengage Learning
  • Chris Tine, Director of Product Solutions, Macmillan
  • Sonja Visser, Director of Sales, Cengage Learning
  • Nada Dabbagh, Professor and Director, Division of Learning Technologies, George Mason University
  • Anne Driscoll, Education Liaison Librarian, George Mason University
  • Kim Eby, Associate Provost for Teaching Excellence, George Mason University
  • Goodlett McDaniel, Associate Provost for Distance Education, George Mason University
  • Ioulia Rytikova, Associate Professor, Applied Information Technology, George Mason University
  • Lesley Smith, Associate Professor, New Century College, George Mason University
  • Beverly Covington, Policy Analyst, State Council on Higher Education
  • Richard Sebastian, Director of Learning and Teaching Technologies, Virginia Community College System
  • LeaAnn Eanes, Project Manager, Fairfax County Public Schools
  • Craig Herring, Director, PreK-12 Curriculum and Instruction, Fairfax County Public Schools
  • Derek Kelley, Instructional Technology Integration, Fairfax County Public Schools
  • Rose Moore, Math K-12 Coordinator, Fairfax County Public Schools