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Ellen Wagner is a learning technologist with a passion for learning innovations and student success.


Ellen Wagner is a learning technologies activist. She is currently employed as Vice President, Research at Hobsons. Hobsons recently acquired the learner analytics project she co-founded as a not-for-profit provider of learner analytics as a service. The proceeds from the sale of the PAR Framework have funded the Foundation for Student Success to provide research grants exploring predictive analytics and student success measurement.

The PAR Framework was one of several projects managed by Ellen Wagner and Beth Davis, partners of Sage Road Solutions, LLC between 2008 and 2015. Other major projects include the restart of the Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education's Cooperative for Educational Technologies. Sage Road Solutions wound down its operations as a condition of the Hobsons acquisition of the PAR Framework, Inc.

Ellen is the former senior director of worldwide eLearning, Adobe Systems, Inc. and was senior director of worldwide education solutions for Macromedia, Inc. Prior to working in software solutions marketing, Ellen was Chief Learning Office and Director of Education for Viviance new education, a Swiss-based elearning company with offices in 10 North American and European countries. She was chief learning officer and VP of Consulting Services for Informania, Inc. prior to its acquisition by Viviance.

Before joining the private sector, Ellen was a tenured professor and chair of the educational technology program at the University of Northern Colorado, and held a number of administrative posts, including Director of the Western Institute for Distance Education and Coordinator of Campus Instructional and Research Technologies, Academic Affairs. She worked as Visiting scholar and Project Director at WCET, Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education, while on sabbatical leave from UNC.

Her Ph.D. in learning psychology comes from the University of Colorado - Boulder. Her M.S. and B.A. degrees were earned at the University of Wisconsin - Madison.