Data Stewardship – Using Data to Transform Design, Delivery, and Decisions


Jeff Borden
Saint Leo University, Chief Innovation Officer

Kendra Tristi
Tristico, Instructional Design Consultant


In 2015, Saint Leo University began a large scale strategy which introduced a number of technology tools and digital infrastructure components that, when used appropriately and across the enterprise, would transform the learning story for students and faculty. The underpinning for this transformation was data. But of course, with great data, comes great responsibility…

In this interactive session, leveraging what data suggests a conference seminar should be like, participants will experience, “Do, Show, Tell, Review, and Ask” moments throughout, giving them the ability to start transforming learning with data immediately following. Attendees will see infrastructure options by which to aggregate, curate, visualize, and act on existing data, regardless of modality. This will include OER as well as commercial nods to give choices for learning architects, regardless of size or budget.

But most importantly, participants will see how to use data to actually transform actions and processes across stakeholder groups. Leveraging ‘Systems Thinking’ as a guide, this session will explore and suggest ways to create personalized learning, at scale, for any learner, faculty member, or institution. Participants will leave with a list of ways to extract data out of existing systems as well as meaningful assets, many of which are free, that can individualize delivery, instruction, and assessment while making it authentic, practical, and problem-based.

Along the way, attendees will see how to start thinking like an innovator and, more importantly, spreading that kind of thinking to the entire culture of their organization. With filters of culture, politics, teaching, learning, scale, persistence, and enrollment, Dr. Borden will give practical examples of how to impact multiple factors on the minds of educators today.

Finally, audience members will see multiple, real-world examples of successes to emulate and failures to avoid, in creating a data-driven learning strategy that both augments and even extends the reach of infrastructure.


Dr. Jeff D Borden is the Chief Innovation Officer at Saint Leo University. For two decades, Jeff has acted as a “trend spotter” to help his efforts to transform education. From 2002-2014, Jeff worked as a Vice President with eCollege which was acquired by Pearson Education, providing an academic vision and strategy that encompassed digital learning, neo-millennial instruction methods, authentic assessment, and beyond. In 2013, as Research & Innovation Network’s Center for eLearning Director, Jeff pursued rigorous research opportunities through a “think tank” of educational innovation. Now Dr. Borden is implementing almost a dozen strategy initiatives (concurrently) at Saint Leo University to create true “next generation learning” for students. In Dr. Borden’s current role at Saint Leo, he has led the charge in building a “Next Gen Learning (eco)System” (Lions SHARE), has established a learning innovation incubator, and led numerous projects promoting transformational, academically researched, and effective practices, all at scale. These strategies tie back to Jeff’s platform of “Education 3.0”, the confluence of neuroscience, learning design, and education technology. Through this lens, Dr. Borden is incorporating his extensive history consulting, teaching, and researching to provide a fertile bed of learning innovation. Jeff continues to blog for’s Innovation site, presents keynote addresses at numerous conferences each year, and promotes research / publications in Education, Technology, and Communication.

Dr. Tristi is an Instructional Design Consultant working throughout the Southeastern part of the United States with 20 years of education experience. Leveraging the most effective practices in cognitive science, learning research, and education technology, Dr. Tristi gives guidance and help to schools, design teams, and other organizations regarding how to deliver “best” learning