The IMS Technical Advisory Board Executive Committee is responsible for identifying and prioritizing the technical work of IMS Global. As technical leaders, their expertise impacts the future direction and priorities IMS takes to transition education to digital.
Members of the TAB Executive Committee
Brent has more than 20 years' experience in publishing and education technology. In his current role as Director, Technology Strategy, he provides technology expertise and leadership to Elsevier's Education division. He has been developing e-learning courses, products, and platforms since 2002 and was part of the original team behind Elsevier's Evolve education platform and the integration of the HESI high-stakes testing platform. His work covers learning management and content delivery platforms, content development tools and processes, metadata strategies, content structuring standards, learning analytics, and adaptive learning. Brent has represented Elsevier in the IMS since 2005 and was part of the early work on Common Cartridge. He is now part of the Learning Analytics working group and is active in the EduPub Alliance.
Gary Driscoll is a Senior Strategic Advisor for ETS. He is engaged in a wide variety of key strategic ETS assessment technology efforts that encompass: scoring, item banking, test assembly, natural language essay scoring, web based constructed response scoring, state-of-the-art score reporting, automated Score Report QC, statistical analysis, and computer based test delivery. These technologies touch virtually every test that ETS creates, administers, and scores. Gary has been awarded three educational technology patents in these areas. He also works closely with the ETS Center for Advanced Technology and Neuroscience to anticipate developments in technology beyond the existing planning horizon to use such insights to better prepare ETS for the changes and opportunities stemming from those developments.
He is a member of the IMS Global Technical Advisory Board and co chair of the IMS GLC Accessible Portable Item Protocol (APIP). Gary was a Learning Impact 2007 Platinum Award winner. He has served as an expert judge for the Learning Impact Awards in 2009, 2011, and 2012 and was a Learning Impact 2010 Panelist for "Moving from Information Technology to Useful Information". He was an Expert Panel member at alt-i-lab 2003 and a Demonstrators Evaluation Committee judge at alt-i-lab 2006.
Alfred Essa is VP of R&D and Analytics in the Digital Platform Group at McGraw-Hill Education. He leads a team of data scientists and engineers responsible for product innovation in learning analytics. He has extensive experience in industry and academia, including serving as Director of Analytics Strategy at Desire2Learn and CIO at MIT's Sloan School of Management.
Initiative strategy, integration and product development for the Higher Education market. Linda has over 20 years of experience in database server and applications product development. While at Oracle, Linda successfully managed the development of Oracle's Spatial Data Option technology, integrating it into the Oracle 7 server architecture. Her work with this project earned her a patent for multidimensional indexing techniques present in Oracle's Spatial Cartridge today. Linda has also guided numerous application development projects ranging from Oracle Public Sector Financials to Oracle Student Systems. In the last several years, she served as co-chair of the IMS Global Learning Initiative Learning Information Services Working Group, helping to bring a new Enterprise interoperability standard to market.
David Gappa, Software Architect, SAFARI Montage®
David has 20 years experience in software development, the past 12 years in the K-12 market. He currently leads the design and development of all software products, manages custom projects, researches new technologies, and works closely with the hardware team to bring products to enterprise environments. Prior to joining SAFARI Montage®, David developed vehicle emission testing software based on EPA standards for SPX Corporation. David has a Masters of Science degree in Computer Science from Western Michigan University.
As senior vice president of global architecture, Brian works with product management, IT, services, and our Collaborative partners to assure that our solutions are aligned with common technology architectures and processes. By designing a global architecture to support our products and services, Brian and his team help Ellucian bring the right solutions to market faster and help all of our customers build a better unified digital campus.
Mostly recently, Brian was senior vice president at SunGard Infinity where his primary responsibility included building the company's Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) offering and transforming legacy products into solutions and services that could be delivered via the Infinity platform.
Brian has been with Ellucian for more than 20 years working in technology research and product development. He has extensive management experience in both the higher education and financial services software industries.
Liz Pisney is Director of Product Management at Follett Higher Education Group (FHEG), a division of Follett Corporation. Follett brings together capabilities of retail operations, e-commerce and software development to create a unique platform of support for their customers. Currently at Follett, Liz’s work is centered on FHEG’s Academic Tools and Utilities, which service faculty and students across multiple FHEGs channels, including campus stores and e-commerce sites such as efollett.com, skyo.com and Follett Virtual Campuses. As an advocate for digital learning, Liz is focused on developing products and services that make teaching and learning an easy proposition, the core of which is interoperability.
As Vice President of Blackboard’s Core Services Product Development group, Tim leads the company’s development of cloud-based and cross-LMS product initiatives, including Blackboard Analytics and Blackboard xpLor, a cross-platform learning object repository based on open standards such as IMS LTI and Common Cartridge.
Tim formerly led the Program Management team for Blackboard’s Learn product division, and previously served as Director of Software Development for ANGEL Learning. His career encompasses nearly 20 years of experience developing software products and leading development teams. Tim is a graduate of the Kelley School of Business at Indiana University.
Chris is a software product and technology leader with proven experience as a visionary innovator in defining the strategic technology and product direction, underlying architecture, and development of next generation highly innovative and disruptive software solutions spanning the web, mobile and cloud mediums focused in the EdTech, web/mobile and enterprise software industry sectors. In addition, Chris is a leading educational software technology spokesperson, who is very active as a leader and contributor in the edtech industry standards and interoperability initiatives.
After several years as a middle school and high school teacher in a traditional classroom setting, Jennifer Whiting joined FLVS in 1997. FLVS had just been created, and needed experienced teachers who could both develop and teach new courses. Her chemistry course was the first science course offered by FLVS. Over the years, Ms. Whiting has assumed many roles such as an instructional design specialist, project manager of large instructional technology projects, director of information systems responsible for her school’s information technology infrastructure, and Chief Academic Officer overseeing curriculum development.
Today as the Senior Manager of Product Development, she develops new lines of business with innovative companies, bringing opportunities to FLVS in mobile learning, game based learning, and other emerging areas. Jennifer also works with FLVS Global, the division of the school that provides high quality FLVS courses and products outside the state of Florida. She heads the team that delivers FLVS solutions to learning management systems, and knows the importance of interoperable content well.
Ms. Whiting earned her Masters of Science degree in Instructional Technology and Distance Education from Nova Southeastern University. Her Bachelor of Science degree with Honors in Physics Education was awarded by the Florida Institute of Technology. Jennifer has worked with IMS Global Learning for many years, lending her secondary school knowledge to several work groups. She served as the co-chair for the Technical Advisory Board for 2 years.