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Guest of the Week (2/10/17): Alfred Essa, McGraw-Hill Education

Guest of the Week (2/10/17)

Alfred Essa, Vice President of Analytics and R&D, McGraw-Hill Education

Congratulations Alfred! You are theCUBE Guest of the Week.

There is a large readiness gap for U.S. high school seniors preparing to go to college. Nearly 70 percent of students entering a community college need to participate in a remediation class for math or English. However, one company is using technology to reshape the one-size-fits-all approach to education.

McGraw-Hill Education, the 150-year-old textbook publisher we all grew up with, is transforming education, as well as its business model, by reinventing itself as a learning science company.

“What that means is we try to understand: How do people learn and how they can learn better? There are a number of domains — cognitive science, brain science, data science — and we begin to understand what are the ‘known-knowns’ and apply it to education,” revealed Alfred Essa, vice president of analytics and R&D at McGraw-Hill Education.

Essa spoke with Dave Vellante (@dvellante) and George Gilbert (@ggilbert41), co-hosts of theCUBE, SiliconANGLE Media’s mobile live streaming studio, at Spark Summit East 2017 in Boston, MA, about how the company is using software and analytics to improve teaching and learning models.

Read more about our Guest of the Week here and here.

Follow Alfred on Twitter (@malpaso), and check out all of our coverage of the Spark Summit East 2017 Boston.

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