Our Director

Christine Kroll, PhD
Assistant vice provost and director of the Center for Educational Innovation
Adjunct assistant professor, Department of Communication

As director of CEI, Kroll is developing and leading a strategic plan that will build partnerships with university deans and faculty to positively impact student learning outcomes through the art of teaching and the science of learning and transform CEI from an educational research center into an innovative teaching and learning center.

Before joining CEI, Kroll served as the assistant dean for online education in UB’s Graduate School of Education (GSE) where she oversaw online strategic planning and policy, accreditation, program development and instructional design operations. Upon her arrival at GSE, the student population was entirely campus-based; by the time Kroll left, 55 percent of GSE’s seat count was in online courses.

During her tenure in GSE, Kroll developed the university’s first blended and fully online programs, oversaw the development, offering and continuous improvement of 25 fully online programs and led GSE to rank in the top 10 online programs nationally (U.S. News & World Report rankings). For over a decade, GSE was the sole provider of fully online degrees at UB, with Kroll establishing many of the online education policies and procedures that are still in use.

Kroll’s strong advocacy for online education extends beyond UB to the 64-campus State University of New York (SUNY) system and the Open SUNY initiative. Kroll holds multiple roles within SUNY, including serving as a member of the Open SUNY advisory board, an institutional readiness assessor and a core community of practice team member and research fellow for the Center for Online Teaching Excellence.

In addition, Kroll co-founded the UB Online Learning Collaborative and is a member of both the Pennsylvania State University COACTIVE learning lab team and the Continuing Education Association. 

Kroll’s research focuses on the optimization of pedagogy for self-regulated learning environments, specifically MOOCs (massive open online courses). These global online courses are designed to bring together diverse populations into a single learning environment. Kroll’s research has been funded in two rounds by the SUNY Innovative Instructional Technology Grant program. To align with her research, Kroll directed the development of UB’s first academic MOOC in 2016 and is a co-instructor of the Coursera MOOC Job Success: Get Hired or Promoted in Three Steps, which has reached nearly 50,000 students on six continents, with more than 11,000 active learners on an ongoing basis.

As a result of her expertise, Kroll regularly presents at national conferences and is frequently invited to serve as a grant and proposal reviewer for national organizations.