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Barbara Means, Ph.D.

Executive Director, Learning Sciences Research

Digital Promise

Dr. Barbara Means, Executive Director of Learning Sciences Research at Digital Promise.

Dr. Means has been studying the equity impacts of the shift to remote instruction caused by the COVID-19 epidemic. Prior to joining Digital Promise in 2017, she was at SRI International where she founded SRI’s Center for Technology in Learning research group and served as its co-director for many years. Her current  work includes supporting colleges and universities in implementing continuous improvement research as part of their efforts to integrate learning technology into high-enrollment gateway courses in ways that support better and more equitable student outcomes. A fellow of the American Educational Research Association, Dr. Means has served on many study committees of the National Academies of Science, Engineering, and Medicine, including the panels that produced How People Learn I and How People Learn II. She has advised the U.S. Department of Education on national education 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. You can reach Barbara at: