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John Donovan

John is the managing director for Europe, Middle East, Africa and Asia-Pacific for VitalSource. He has extensive experience in publishing and technology, most recently serving as director of global sales and business development for Epigeum, an online courseware provider with roots in Imperial College, London. Prior to this, John had a 14-year career with McGraw-Hill Education, where he held multiple leadership positions. In his last role as managing director of Europe and South Africa, he led the acceleration of McGraw-Hill's transition from a print publishing company to a provider of technology-enabled and data-driven solutions in the higher education, medical, and K-12 markets.

John holds a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from University College Dublin and a Master of Arts in Social Psychology from the London School of Economics and Political Science.

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Widening student participation through technology

Posted by John Donovan on December 07, 2017

Widening students participation through technologyNo two students are the same. It has long been discussed as to why students, who have performed equally well through their school careers and put the same amount of work into their university degree, might complete their course with drastically different results.

Differential attainment is most commonly associated with students entering university from different backgrounds, or having disparate schooling experiences. However, despite socio-economic factors having received attention in this area, what has potentially been less explored is the impact the actual learning environment at university has on student accessibility and success.

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Meeting the needs of today's student

Posted by John Donovan on October 10, 2017

This post appeared in its entirety in University Business.

Meeting the needs of today's studentThere is no doubt that today we live in a digital age, with our lives seemingly governed by the provision of connected, mobile devices. Reports indicate that teenagers check their mobile phones 150 times a day, interacting with each other all day but almost entirely through a screen. To say there is a daily reliance on digital technology would not be an over-statement.

Students of today have been brought up with online learning, with children as young as seven telling us they prefer learning on tablets. It should come as no surprise then, that as the world of higher education grapples with attracting and retaining students in an increasingly commercial environment, the provision of cutting edge digital services like eTextbooks will play an important role in keeping the traditional university relevant and engaging to a modern cohort.

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Deploying tech for the modern student

Posted by John Donovan on August 10, 2017

The piece originally appeared in Tech and Learning UK on July 7, 2017 

Deploying tech for the modern studentToday’s university students are digital and mobile. The smartphones they carry around in their pocketsare more powerful than the desktop computers available five years ago. We know that students are using technology to stay connected to each other, but also to help with their studies. 

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Learning: Harnessing the power of mobile

Posted by John Donovan on April 21, 2017

Post originally ran in SmartChimps on April 7, 2017

Everyday our university students head to lectures with a staggering amount of computing power in their hands. In fact, the latest iPhone or Galaxy could guide 120,000,000 Apollo spacecrafts (the one that the US space programme landed on the moon in 1969) simultaneously. If the guidance system was available as a download from the App Store or the Google Play Store – and you had the time and inclination – you could put 64,000,000 copies of the programme on a 256-gigabyte mobile device. And they easily fit in a coat pocket or a rucksack.

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