Barbara Means – Digital Promise

Barbara Means

Barbara Means

I love to learn by being part of a team of people with different kinds of expertise, all working together to tackle an important problem in education. Other people’s insights not only add to my understanding of the problem, but also energize me to think of potential solutions I’d never come up with on my own.

Dr. Barbara Means, Executive Director of Learning Sciences Research at Digital Promise, studies the effectiveness of innovative education approaches supported by digital technology. Currently, she is working with colleges and universities to redesign high-enrollment introductory courses to incorporate equity-minded pedagogy and digital learning technology in ways that enhance student engagement and course outcomes for low-income students and students of color. She also has been studying the equity impacts of the shift to remote instruction caused by the COVID-19 epidemic. Dr. Means has authored or edited more than a half dozen books related to learning and technology, including Learning Online: What Research Tells Us About Whether, When, and How. She has served on many study panels related to science education for the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine, including the panels that produced How People Learn I and How People Learn II. Dr. Means earned her undergraduate degree in psychology from Stanford University and her Ph.D. in educational psychology from the University of California, Berkeley.

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