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Corey Pressman 13 November 2012

Former anthropology professor turned educational app consultant and speaker

Corey taught anthropology for 12 years before founding Exprima Media, a software design and development company that partners with content providers to envision, design, and develop compelling and effective interactive experiences. Corey consults and delivers presentations on a variety of topics including the future of publishing, interaction design, and what he terms ‘armchair apps’.

Corey Pressman is an elder among the world’s first generation of ‘digital natives’. Some of his fondest childhood memories are of playing ‘Pong’ on a wood-grain-clad Atari 2600 console in 1978. These early experiences with novel forms of human social connectivity sparked Corey’s later interests in Cultural Anthropology. Pressman received a BA in Anthropology from SUNY Oneonta and an MA in Anthropology from Washington State University in 1991. He remembers being among the only people in graduate school to use email or even have a computer, for that matter (an Apple IIe).

Corey went on to teach Anthropology at Mt. Hood Community College for ten years, serving three of those as Social Science Department Chair. As a professional educator, Pressman was disappointed with the cumbersome design of emerging educational technology. Convinced that more could be done to create effective computer-based educational tools, Corey contracted with Allyn & Bacon (now Pearson Education) to produce their Anthropology Experience website. This 2001 web site represented an early successful integration of textbook content, web video, and interactive activities. Soon after, he produced the Prentice Hall Digital Art Library Art History – a suite of impressive Art History instructional DVDROMs.

Fueled by a belief that well-made educational technology can realign and empower the teaching and learning process for today’s student body, Corey left academics to start Exprima Media – a software company dedicated to creating fun and engaging learning opportunities for the web and mobile platforms like the iPad. Most recently, he was instrumental in launching Anatomy & Physiology REVEALED in conjunction with McGraw Hill Higher Education and the University and Toledo, which is the first of a genre of ‘armchair apps’ designed to foster the improvement of our collective intelligence. He lives in Portland, Oregon with his wife and two daughters. Portland offers the range of technical and creative specialists required to complete projects on time and within budget, not to mention the coffee.

What are you up to?

Currently, I’m working with publishers to channel existing content to new markets and publicly presenting observations and best practices in immersive UX, accessible tech and content development.

Why Portland?

Pure and simple – the quality of talent. The entire near east side industrial district is so conducive to collaboration, productivity and community that I really can’t imagine living anywhere else.


Tags: #informationphilanthropist #keynotematerial #immersiveuxdesigner #pdxentrepreneur

Now that Portland has met Corey, they would like to meet you.

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