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Enacting Impactful Research Methods in Our Educational Process and Practice

Session Overview

This video was part of the July 2021 REMOTE: The Connected Faculty Summit

This session will examine research methods and continuous improvement strategies faculty are using right now, particularly as it relates to improving student engagement and increasing academic success through innovative teaching and learning strategies using digital tools and courseware. Join Megan Tesene, PhD and Julie Neisler, PhD as they review the current landscape of digital learning research methodology and continuous improvement, the work that they are doing through APLU and Digital Promise for the Every Learner Everywhere Network, and how you too can implement these research methods and strategies in your own work.


Julie Nesler

Quantitative Researcher | Digital Promise

Julie Neisler, Ph.D., is a quantitative researcher and data scientist at Digital Promise, a nonprofit focused on accelerating innovation and equity in education to improve opportunities to learn.

Megan Tesene, Ph.D.

Director | Personalized Learning Consortium | Association of Public and Land-grant Universities

Megan Tesene, Ph.D., is the Director for the Personalized Learning Consortium at the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities. Megan directs the Adaptive Courseware for Early Success grant for the Personalized Learning Consortium. In this role, she supports and collaborates with academic leadership from a variety of four-year universities to effectively adopt and implement adaptive learning technologies. Her work centers on enhancing pedagogy, closing achievement gaps, improving accessibility, and ensuring that students from all walks of life have the support and resources necessary to graduate.

Prior to joining APLU, Megan served as the Adaptive Learning Program Manager at Georgia State University. Based in the Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning, she managed an interdisciplinary research project leveraging adaptive learning technologies across several gateway undergraduate courses. Megan is a social scientist by training, with expertise in qualitative and mixed-method research. She has taught introductory and upper-level courses at the University of Northern Iowa and Georgia State University. In addition to project management and sociological research, she has extensive experience in program evaluation, faculty development, instructional support, and active learning communities. She has a Ph.D. from Georgia State University and a M.A. from the University of Northern Iowa.