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President Megahed To Gates Foundation Panel: Use Data for Higher Quality, Lower Cost NLU's president tells how data can also help students complete their degrees


Chris Bustamante of Rio Salado College, from left; Daniel W. Rasmus, Serious Insights; Nivine Megahed, National Louis University; Suzanne Walsh, Gates Foundation, and Jean Floten, WGU Washington, are pictured at the Gates Foundation Education Forum, 2015.

NLU President Nivine Megahed told Gates Foundation conference participants that she “test-drove” NLU’s new Adaptive Learning platform by teaching the first course herself, writes Daniel Rasmus in

Rasmus served as the facilitator of the breakout session on personalized learning at the recent Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation U.S. Education Learning Forum, which attracted leaders of the nation’s universities most plugged in to digital learning.

“Megahed, who describes herself as a data geek, has slowly transformed National Louis into a data-driven institution that simultaneously addresses cost, quality and completion,” Rasmus wrote.

As part of her emphasis on having employees adopt a data mindset, Megahed taught the first course on NLU’s adaptive learning platform herself.

“She found using the system an incredible personal learning experience,” Rasmus observed.  “While teaching she flipped the classroom, putting lectures into technology for anytime, anywhere consumption. Class time concentrated on the application and exploration of ideas learned during asynchronous learning.”

Because the system monitors whether students have signed on and done any activities, Megahed would write to her students on Sunday night if she saw they had not yet started the assignment. One student said that motivated her to ask her husband to prepare dinner so she could start studying.

For more insights, including two other college presidents’ experiences with digital learning, see the entire article here.