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Expert Interviews interviews professors and academicians, business and organizational leaders, researchers and policy experts, and others who can offer relevant insights, expert opinions, and an insider’s perspective on a wide array of professional fields of practice and study. These interviews are published in Q&A form and are meant to complement our research and reporting on distance learning programs, trends in online learning, and careers in many of the fields we cover on the site, such as analytics, cybersecurity, and data science.

Interview with Jared Stein – Canvas by Instructure

Jared Stein, Vice President of Research and Education for Instructure’s Canvas learning management system, discusses emerging trends in online learning technologies and instructional methods.

Interview with Lauren Singer Trakhman, Ph.D. – University of Maryland, College Park

Dr. Lauren Singer Trakhman is an Assistant Clinical Professor and Director of Outreach at the University of Maryland whose research focuses on assessing reading comprehension and calibration in digital and print media.

Interview with Lachlan Turner – Ark Infosec Labs Inc.

Lachlan Turner is a Certified Information Systems Security Professional and founder of the cybersecurity consultancy firm Ark Infosec Labs. He specializes in testing and evaluating IT products to insure they meet Common Criteria and FIPS140-2 standards for security. Socially engineered hacks, defense-in-depth cyber strategies, and cryptography are three key cybersecurity concerns he discusses in detail in this interview.

Interview with Karen Vignare, Ph.D. – Association of Public & Land-grant Universities (APLU)

Educational researcher and administrator Dr. Karen Vignare discusses the applications of adaptive learning technologies in the context of her work as Executive Director of the APLU’s Personalized Learning Consortium.

Interview with Chris Wetherill – SafeAuto

Christopher Wetherill is a Data and Decision Science Analyst at Safe Auto Insurance Company, where he analyzes data in order to solve problems or help business leaders make more informed decisions. In this interview, Mr. Wetherill discusses the challenges of working in analytics and provides insights into the skills and aptitudes needed to be successful in this field.

Interview with Martin Zinaich – City of Tampa

Cybersecurity risk management, information governance, and the importance of aligning information security concerns with organization goals are some of the topics Martin Zinaich emphasizes in this interview. An Information Security Officer for the City of Tampa’s Technology and Innovation Department, Mr. Zinaich also offers his perspective on the day-to-day work of cybersecurity, and the value of professional certifications in the field.