Philip Long

Chief Innovation Officer

University of Texas at Austin


Phillip Long was a featured speaker at HEFF 2017. Check out his session here.


Phil’s roles at the University of Texas at Austin include Chief Innovation Officer for Project 2021, Associate Vice Provost for Learning Sciences, Clinical Professor in Educational Psychology and in the School of Information. Dr. Long provides leadership to the university’s strategy for technology enhanced learning to improve teaching & research.

Phil’s current research interests focus on emerging technologies, distributed ledgers & recognition of achievement (badges), active & blended learning pedagogies particularly when delivered via technology, the design of learning environments, and the analytics that can be captured by instrumenting interactions in both virtual and environments with the goal of informing learner decision-making.

Demands being placed on higher education are diversifying. The supporting infrastructure and academic roles needed to create the experiences learners will need to develop critical thinking and professional skills are increasingly complex. Success in a world of continual change will necessitate rethinking expectations of faculty, academic staff, learning pathways, and the environments supporting successful learners.

Prof. Long’s professional collaborations are eclectic and international, including leadership roles in the acronym soup of SoLAR, edX, Educause/ELI, IMSGLOBAL, the NMC, and AAEEBL.

Phil is a lapsed behavioral biologist, now learning scientist, focused on emerging technologies, the cognitive interactions with them, & the spaces, physical and virtual wherein they occur.

Phil enjoys birding, running/hiking, travel, photography, a good scotch and satisfying his passion to pursue ideas wherever they lead.