Meet the Team
Learning Science Leadership
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.
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.
Dr. Kara McWilliams
VP 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.
VP of User Experience
Alicia Nachman is a leader in User Experience design and strategy for edtech. She brings over 15 years of experience in software product development and design and is passionate about bringing better technology experiences to instructors, learners, and institutions. She holds a Masters in Human-Computer Interaction from Georgia Tech.
Science + Empathy + Data Insights
The result of this empathetic and scientific approach are learning solutions that are practical, deeply intuitive, highly impactful, and help students, instructors, and institutions to achieve their very best outcomes.