Doug Stein, metacog

Doug Stein
Doug Stein

Making Student-Centered Learning Sustainable: Identifying technologies critical to creating successful solutions
Wednesday, May 24
9:00 am – 4:30 pm

Doug has been working on creating and scaling technology-enabled personalized learning for the better part of the past 22 years. The tools didn’t really exist in 1994 when he established an interactive software simulation business unit at Pearson Addison-Wesley aimed at higher ed math, economics, and hard science. They existed (only if you were Amazon or a similar behemoth) in 2003 when he built a team at to create a multi-publisher learning and assessment platform. From 2007 to 2013 he consulted to a number of leading adaptive learning companies and was also a board advisor to DreamBox Learning.

For the past three years, he’s been focused on building the metacog (short for metacognitive) learning analytics platform as an internet-scale utility for ingesting, analyzing, and visualizing detailed learner behavior – not only to score open-ended learning games and experiences, but also to detect learner affect (boredom/engagement, deep/shallow learning, clueless vs. transgressive play, etc.).

Doug has been a physicist, high school teacher, developer on large scale computational systems (Mathematica), CTO for a quantitative asset manager with $5 billion in pension funds, and other things. He keeps coming back to education (the “coal face”) to keep chipping away and make it what it could be.