Building Lasting Connections With The Open Technology And Data Science Communities

Published May 4, 2015

By Communications Team

McGraw-Hill contributes to a growing ed-tech culture through active participation

As the world's foremost learning science company, we know that being a champion of open learning technology cannot be done in isolation. At McGraw-Hill we're focused on cultivating close relationships with the people who depend on our digital solutions as well as the broader ed-tech community. We've recently launched an open learning initiative with global leaders in technology and research, helped judge ed-tech start-up competitions, and regularly advocated for issues that affect the future education.

We're continuously seeking opportunities -- at the organizational and individual level -- to expand our knowledge of technology and become more connected with the IT community. Here are some of the ways you'll find us contributing to the open technology and data analytics industry in 2015 and beyond.

Learning Analytics & Knowledge Meetup (LAK15) | March, 2015
Hosted by the Society for Learning Analytics Research (SOLAR), the 5th International Learning Analytics & Knowledge Meetup focused on helping developers use the power of "big data" to positively impact large-scale learning in higher education. McGraw-Hill was a platinum sponsor and provided a kickoff presentation on the value and impact of learning analytics in ed-tech development. LAK15 was held this March at Marist College in Poughkeepsie, NY.

OpenVis Conference | April, 2015
The OpenVis Conference is a two-day learning event that focuses on best practices for visualizing data through processing, design, coding, and storytelling. McGraw-Hill was a platinum sponsor for the event, which was held in Boston in April.

Open Data Science Conference | May 30-31, 2015
Open Data Science connects the open source and data science communities with learning sessions and presentations focused on the most popular tools and languages in data science. McGraw-Hill is a Gold sponsor, and Al Essa, our vice president of Analytics and Research and Development, will provide a conference opening keynote as well as a topic-specific learning session.

Educational Data Mining Learning Analytics | Meetups -- Ongoing
Started by McGraw-Hill's own Ani Aghababyan and Sharin Mojarad and hosted out of our Boston offices, EDM/LA is a group designed for collaboration, knowledge sharing, and practical competition between professionals involved in educational data mining, data science, analytics, and learning sciences. A recent EDM Hackathon Series challenged competing teams to create a product to help give educators insight into their funding requests. The winning team developed a predictive model to show the likelihood of projects gaining funding.

Mobile Tea | Meetups -- Ongoing
Mobile Tea is a community-driven series of events and meetups for technology developers and mobile device aficionados interested in networking, programming, and music. It is run in part by Giorgio Natili of our Digital Platform Group (DPG).

New England Software Engineers | Group and meetups
Focused on bringing together engineers and IT professionals from the northeastern U.S., the New England Software Engineers group meets every two months for IT discussions, workshops, and delicious food that reflects the many different cultures and people that make up the region.