The Board of Directors for the Data Interoperability Standards Consortium (DISC) brings together a multi-disciplined team of diverse, international talent committed to realizing a world where data works for individuals and the many organizations that rely on individual talents.
AARON E. SILVERS
President & Executive Director
Aaron E. Silvers (@aaronesilvers) is a designer, technologist and strategist. He’s helped learning technologies like SCORM and the Experience API (xAPI) find massive adoption. Through MakingBetter Aaron helps companies make full use of xAPI. He is the co-founder and co-organizer of the seminal community, “Up to All of Us.” Aaron led the IEEE Learning Technology Standards Committee researching how to best standardize xAPI. The result is the creation of the Data Interoperability Standards Consortium (DISC) – a consortium to steer xAPI’s growth and evolution, its associated specifications and best practices, of which Aaron is a founding member on its Board of Directors.
Executive Director, Interaction Design Association (IxDA)
Brenda Sanderson (@brendamontreal) is Executive Director of the Interaction Design Association (IxDA), a global community of 80,000 with 170+ local groups in 49 countries. She was previously the Managing Director for the International Council of Design (ico-D). Brenda oversees operations, builds strategic partnerships that further IxDA’s objectives and works closely with the Board of Directors and volunteer leadership to deliver IxDA’s programming. More than 15 years as a practising designer took Brenda through design studios, print shops, daily newspapers, publishing companies and the advertising industry. She has been recognized internationally for her design work and for her writing on technology’s impact on the creative field. Brenda is a member of the American Society of Association Executives (ASAE) and a certified member of the Graphic Designers of Canada (GDC). Brenda is a founding member on the Board of Directors for the Data Interoperability Standards Consortium (DISC).
Senior Lecturer, University of Technology Sydney
Kirsty Kitto (@kirstykitto) is a Senior Lecturer at the University of Technology Sydney (UTS). She models the ways in which humans interact with complex information environments, paying special attention to the interdependencies between language, attitudes, memory and learning. She works in the Connected Intelligence Centre (CIC) where she is seeking new ways of using data to help people navigate an increasingly connected world. She is the International Coordinator for the LASI-Local Network. On the research front, she is currently leading a project funded by the Australian government which is developing xAPI based solutions for instructors who want to teach “in the wild” beyond the LMS, and a grant funded by Graduate Careers Australia which is seeking to use xAPI to use learning analytics to help university students work towards developing evidence about their skills and capabilities in a chosen career. In past roles, Kirsty has worked on many projects in partial secondments to QUTs Learning and Teaching Unit, including the Learning Futures project, the creation of a new generation of teaching performance metrics, and the REAL employability project. Kirsty is a founding member on the Board of Directors for the Data Interoperability Standards Consortium (DISC).
Megan Bowe (@meganbowe) is a learning technology product manager, turned standards evangelist and data strategist. Megan works on projects that need a wide angle lens to focus on learning, data portability, and formative analysis.Through MakingBetter, Megan helps people design reporting, data strategy, and products. At Knewton, Megan managed APIs and integration strategies bringing adaptivity into various learning applications. At Rustici Software, Megan helped to launch the Experience API working with the earliest of adopters on design and implementation. She co-created “Up to All of Us,” a community focusing on advancing learning, design, and technology. In 2014, Megan helped launch the Connections Forum with Aaron Silvers to bridge the gaps for practitioners between learning & education, design, data and technology. Megan is a founding member on the Board of Directors for the Data Interoperability Standards Consortium (DISC).
Chief of Staff to VP of AdWords, Google
Eric Nehrlich (@generalist) is the Chief of Staff to the VP of AdWords at Google. There he provides strategy and operational support for the search ads team, including monitoring overall business metrics and projecting the future of the ads business. Eric spent ten years in several industries designing and deploying software solutions that matched technology resources with end-user needs. From there, he shifted to a business track to develop his financial and business modeling skills. With his technology background and his business expertise, Eric brings a unique, cross-functional perspective to developing organizations.
Captain, Learning Invention, LLC
Robert has spent the past twenty years finding new ways to combine learning and invention. He developed innovative learning technology products, services, and platforms for students, corporations, and consumers. He helped establish technology standards that increase interoperability and collaboration. He served on the boards of IMS, ASTD, and the SF Multimedia Institute. He built and lead inspired and innovative teams at San Francisco State University, DigitalThink, Convergys, McKinsey & Co, ?What If! Innovation, and LinkedIn. Today, Robert helps his clients find new ways to combine learning and invention as Captain at Learning Invention, LLC.