Dr. Jacob Burdis

Co-Founder and Head of Product Strategy at Emmersion
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Jacob is passionate about helping people improve their lives through education. He has dedicated his education, career, and volunteer service to using technology to make learning more effective and accessible. Having lived in Russia and Kazakhstan as a volunteer and tutor, Jacob saw firsthand the effect that education can have for individuals around the world. He received a dual bachelor’s degree in Russian and linguistics and a master’s and doctorate in educational technology from Brigham Young University. He first worked as a learning designer and language product manager for the Missionary Training Center in Provo, Utah. He was later recruited to join Pluralsight, a unicorn EdTech startup, as the product manager for academia.

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  • I founded Emmersion together with my cofounders with a very specific, lofty mission in mind: to close the global communication gap. I believe that language is the key to connecting the world and breaking down communication barriers. Even before founding Emmersion, I have dedicated the majority of my education, research, and career to accomplishing this mission. Today, we are making huge strides toward realizing our vision of closing the global communication gap by introducing our fully-adaptive speaking assessment. Tomorrow, we will continue innovating and building toward a better, more affordable, and more scalable personalized language assessment and learning engine.

    18 July 2021
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