Learning Science & Insights

Meet Our Team

The Learning Science & Insights

Leadership Team at Macmillan Learning

Adam Black

Dr. Adam Black

Chief Strategy & Learning Officer

Adam is a recognized pioneer in improving learner outcomes. From identifying promising applications of learning science, through directing the development of market-leading digital products (used by more than 25 million learners, at the time of writing), to spearheading novel approaches to assessing and improving impact, Adam has been dedicated for 25 years to helping instructors and institutions to improve student success. Adam holds a BSc in Physics from the University of Edinburgh and a PhD in Astrophysics from the University of Cambridge, has a patent for predicting learners at risk, and has won national and global awards for digital product innovation.

Rasil Warnakulasooriya

Dr. Rasil Warnakulasooriya

VP of Analytics & Data

Rasil studied physics at the University of Colombo, Sri Lanka, at Rice University, and at The Ohio State University. He spent his postdoctoral days at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology researching online learning with Professor David Pritchard. He has enjoyed building and leading analytics divisions in several companies, taking novel approaches to data analytics including predicting learners at risk in science using a fractals-based approach (for which he was awarded a patent), to researching the micro impact of individual learning activities, to identifying empirical differences of English- language learners around the world. Throughout, Rasil is driven by a passion for extracting meaningful insights into the subtleties of learning from complex and messy data.

Jeff Bergin

Dr. Jeff Bergin

VP of Learning Research & Design

Jeff has led curriculum, instructional, and learner experience design for various educational technology companies for the past 20 years. Currently, Dr. Bergin is the Vice President of Learning Research & Design at Macmillan Learning, where he leads a team of learning researchers and experience designers. Previously, he was the Vice President of Learning & Experience Design for Pearson’s Global Product Organization, and his team designed more than a dozen product models that included personalized and adaptive systems, online courseware, e-books, lab-based interventions, and handheld products. Dr. Bergin holds a Ph.D. from Arizona State University and has presented and published on topics including learning design, online learning, and technology-augmented instruction.

Kara McWilliams

Dr. Kara McWilliams

Senior Director of Impact Research

Kara is passionate about researching the impact of digital technologies in higher education, and how insights can inform teaching and learning in the classroom.  She brings ten years of experience conducting qualitative and quantitative investigations of how classroom interventions can improve learner outcomes and influence learning gains.  She holds a doctorate in Educational Research, Measurement and Evaluation and a master’s degree in Curriculum & Instruction from Boston College.