Reporting directly to the President of Macmillan New Ventures, the President/GM will drive strategy for the i>clicker division of MNV and have direct P&L responsibility and accountability for execution of that strategy. He or she will be responsible for assessing market and competitive trends, educational trends, and customer needs, and translates these into product and service solution strategies that drive educational improvements and strong business growth. In addition, this executive will expand and operationalize an international strategy for i>clicker.
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MacMillan’s Higher Education Group is a leading publisher of textbooks, educational software, homework and assessment, and other content and tools for the post-secondary education market. The group is made up of Bedford/St. Martins, W.H. Freeman, Worth Publishers, Hayden-McNeil, and several small educational technology companies.
The Company has recently emerged as a leader in the delivery of digital tools and platforms. They established Macmillan New Ventures, a group dedicated to finding and exploiting emerging opportunities in education using digital technologies and disruptive business models. Today, New Ventures includes innovations such as Prep-U, an adaptive learning system; and i>clicker, a market-leading classroom response system business.
i>clicker began as an independent open wireless radio frequency system developed by members of the Physics Department at the University of Illinois, who wanted to reform their introductory classes. Their mission was to create an intuitive student response system that focused on formative assessment and pedagogy. Today their business is currently more than 90% higher education. Since the i>clicker response devices are compatible with any brand of interactive whiteboard and any software application, it is the perfect audience response system for the growing number of K-12 customers, corporate training environments, and tradeshows.
In 2005, Macmillan acquired i>clicker, allowing for significant investment in the company’s hardware and software. The inventors have remained active every step of the way, and every decision made at the company is based on what works in the learning environment, feedback from the user company, and ever-illuminating pedagogical research.
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