Measuring What Matters: Quantifying Returns on Digital Learning

Concurrent Session 9
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Brief Abstract

Despite the promise that digital learning can expand access, improve outcomes, and decrease costs, institutional data on the impact of digital programs is limited. With support from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Arizona State University and the Boston Consulting Group conducted a study of six institutions with the goal of understanding and quantifying the impact of digital learning on institutional priorities (e.g., enrollment growth, student outcomes, and financial returns). In this session, Lou Pugliese of ASU will discuss insights from the study and best practices from across a diverse cross-section of institutions and programs. 


Michael is the interim Dean of Instructional Technology & Support at Rio Salado College in Tempe, Arizona. He oversees the Instructional Design, Instructional Media, Course Production, and Course Support departments. Michael has been at Rio since 2007 as an instructional designer, director, and more recently as the Associate Dean. He has served as a subject matter expert for eLearning Design and English Courses. He is the Principal Investigator of Rio’s First In The World Grant, a research grant that includes designing adaptive courses and providing student coaching support for new students pursing a degree or intending to transfer to a university.

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Lou Pugliese is a Senior Innovation Fellow and Managing Director for the Action Lab at EdPlus. As former CEO of Blackboard and director of strategy at ETS, Lou has more than 25 years of experience developing a wide variety of technology solutions to radically improve teaching and learning outcomes. He also serves as an Advisory Board Member for Educate Global Fund, an impact fund investing in social businesses that significantly improve educational outcomes for disadvantaged children. His expertise leads ASU’s efforts to understand, advocate for and enhance the digital learning environment.

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