Digital Literacy & AI Webinar Series #1: Data Analytics and Adaptive Learning

Session description:

What role might data analytics and adaptive learning solutions play in shaping the future of higher education’s drive to support students globally? In this webinar, our expert speakers will share ongoing work and emerging trends related to data analytics and adaptive learning solutions, as well as their connections to and implications for digital citizenship education.


  • Develop deeper understanding of how data analytics solutions have been implemented and evaluated across institutions.
  • Gain insights into the use cases for data analytics and adaptive learning solutions that are driving student success.
  • Identify emerging trends related to data analytics and adaptive learning solutions.

Intended audience: 

Higher Education Administrators, Higher Education Faculty, K-12 Administrators, K-12 Faculty, Online Education Directors, Instructional and Educational Technologists, Learning Experience Designers, Education Policy Makers, Educational Futurists, International Community

Please note: This webinar will be recorded and all registered participants will receive a link to the recording after the webinar.

Speaker Bio

(Moderator) Alex Case
Associate Vice President, Strategic Partnerships and Grants – Online Learning Consortium

Alex Case was named OLC Associate Vice President of Strategic Partnerships and Grants in November 2020. His responsibilities include growing OLC’s reach in the areas of grants, strategic partnerships, and consulting, particularly in the growing international and K-12 sectors. Prior to joining the OLC, Alex served as the Interim Director of Student Services (Dean of Students) and Associate Director of Instructional Design and Development for the Northern Virginia Community College (NOVA) Online program. At NOVA, Alex oversaw an online portfolio of 400 online asynchronous courses spanning all academic pathways and serving 23,000 students per year. Alex completed his B.A. in history, political science, and secondary education from the University of Mary Washington, instructional design coursework from George Mason University, and a M.Ed. in Education Leadership from the University of Virginia. He is presently completing a dissertation towards a Ph.D. at George Mason University.
Karen Vignare, Ph.D.
Vice President, Digital Transformation for Student Success & Executive Director, Personalized Learning Consortium (PLC) – Association of Public and Land-grant Universities (APLU)

Dr. Vignare is a strategic innovator leveraging emerging technologies to improve access, success, and flexibility within higher education. As Executive Director for the Personalized Learning Consortium at the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities, Karen manages a network of universities committed to student success through personalization. She also oversees the adaptive courseware grant providing leadership and support to eight pioneering universities which are scaling adaptive courseware in introductory level courses. Karen previously served as a Vice Provost at the University of Maryland University College, the largest online public open access institution, where she led innovations in adaptive learning, student success, and analytics. She has a Ph.D. from Nova Southeastern University and an M.B.A from the University of Rochester, William Simon Business School.

Barbara Means, Ph.D.
Executive Director – Digital Promise

Dr. Means founded the Center for Technology in Learning research group and served as its co-director for many years. Her research examines the effectiveness of innovative education approaches supported by digital technology. Her recent work includes evaluating the implementation and impacts of newly developed adaptive learning software. She is also studying the long-term effects that attending an inclusive STEM-focused high school has for students from underrepresented minorities. Dr. Means is a fellow of the American Educational Research Association and has served on many study committees. She has advised the U.S. Department of Education on national educational technology plans and authored or edited more than a half dozen books related to learning and technology. Barbara earned her undergraduate degree in psychology from Stanford University and her Ph.D. in educational psychology from the University of California, Berkeley.

Julie Neisler, Ph.D.
Quantitative Researcher – Digital Promise

Dr. Neisler is a quantitative researcher for the Learning Sciences Research team. After several years as a practitioner in student affairs in higher education, Julie sought to pursue her passion for research by earning her doctorate in Measurement, Quantitative Methods, & Learning Sciences from the University of Houston. She is excited to apply her knowledge of rigorous data collection methodologies, analytic techniques for institutional data, and collaborative relationship building to support the efforts of institutions, educators, and students. Additionally, she has authored numerous peer-reviewed journal articles that focus on areas of homelessness, health disparities, and social justice, intersectional topics that influence education and society nationwide. Julie earned her Masters in Higher Education from Florida State University and double-majored at UNC Chapel Hill for a BA in Psychology and Management & Society.