Learning Objects Announces Deborah Everhart to Lead Product Design and Strategy

Innovation Leader Brings Expertise and Vision to Long-Term Product Strategy and Execution

WASHINGTON—April 20, 2016 – Learning Objects, part of Cengage Learning, today announced the appointment of Deborah Everhart, Ph.D., as Vice President of Design and Innovation. In this role, Everhart will design and manage product strategy for delivering competency-based, personalized and adaptive learning to institutions and other education providers.

“Deborah’s significant academic history paired with her expertise on emerging technologies, learning analytics, competency-based education and the future of learning and teaching will be invaluable as we work to deliver a comprehensive set of offerings to support students, instructors and administrators across many adoption models,” said Derek Hamner, SVP, Learning Objects.

An expert on competency-based learning and credentialing, Everhart brings more than 20 years of experience to Cengage Learning. Most recently, she served as an Associate Vice President at Blackboard Inc., where she provided thought leadership and business strategy for the development, delivery and marketing of software systems and consulting solutions. She has served as a strategic advisor to the American Council on Education, and she is currently an adjunct assistant professor at Georgetown University, where she teaches a competency-based medieval studies course in liberal arts.

Everhart’s research has been featured in a variety of publications and industry outlets.  She recently co-authored Communicating the Value of Competencies and Quality Dimensions for Connected Credentials, both published by the American Council on Education. She earned her Ph.D. from the University of California, Irvine.

Learning Objects powers innovative, customized and adaptive online learning programs and courses to higher education institutions through its learning platform and instructional design services.  With Learning Objects, institutions are able to quickly create both competency-based and traditional online programs and courses integrating publisher content, open educational resources, faculty content and other ed tech vendors’ tools.

About Cengage Learning

Cengage Learning is a leading educational content, technology, and services company for the higher education and K-12, professional, library and workforce development markets worldwide. The company provides superior content, personalized services and course-driven digital solutions that accelerate student engagement and transform the learning experience. Cengage Learning is headquartered in Boston, MA with an office hub located in San Francisco, CA. Cengage Learning employees reside in nearly 40 different countries with company sales in more than 125 countries around the world. www.cengage.com.

About Learning Objects

Learning Objects is a learning innovation partner with higher education and learning science expertise. We design and build innovative programs, courses and learning experiences.  Using Difference Engine®, our next generation learning environment and tools, we collaborate with institutions and other education providers to deliver competency-based, personalized and adaptive learning at scale.