Matthew Mugo Fields

52 minutes

Justin Reich is joined by Matthew Mugo Fields, the general manager of supplemental and intervention solutions at Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, a learning technologies company. Together they discuss Matthews career, the direction and values at HMH, and the responsibilities of designing and implementing effective educational technology.

“ can never be about the technology alone. It has to be about sort of more comprehensive instructional systems that leveraged technology, and that technology can play a key role, but if you're going to be serious about... instructional technology at scale, you've got to be as thoughtful about implementation and how you're going to support teachers and using it, how you're going to coach them, et cetera, as you are about what algorithms you are going to optimize.” - Matthew Mugo Fields


In this episode we’ll talk about:

  • Updates on education in their lives
  • Matthew’s edtech story -  “Tracked to the bottom” / Tutoring
  • Beginning of Redbird Advanced Learning
  • Work with Dr. Patrick Suppes
  • The importance of building relationships in education
  • Matthews work at Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
  • “Unfinished learning”
  • Designing for users


Resources and Links

Learn more about Matthew Mugo Fields

Check out the HMH podcast Shaping the Future

Check out Justin Reich’s new book, Failure To Disrupt!

Join our self-paced online edX course: Becoming a More Equitable Educator: Mindsets and Practices




Produced by Aimee Corrigan and Garrett Beazley

Recorded and mixed by Garrett Beazley


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