Colleagues--ACAO works with Tyton Partners in the Bill & Melinda Gates network of organizations that constitutes the Every learner Everywhere organization.  Tyton partners was hired recently to put together a tool that would help CAOs and others to learn about and select digital courseware for their institutions.  The evaluation of courseware was conducted by an independent product advisory board and was not created by the vendors themselves.

The tool is being made available as a service to the higher education community, and there is no cost to use it. 

Survey Information From Tyton Partners: We invite both instructors and administrators to participate in a survey we are undertaking with our partners, the Association of Chief Academic Officers, Every Learner Everywhere and Tyton Partners. This survey seeks to understand instructor and institutional experiences with digital learning and instructional technology. Your responses are anonymous and will be shared in aggregate to inform the field and develop resources. Completing the survey takes an estimated 15 minutes.

To begin the survey, please click on the link that most closely relates to your primary role and share you input by Monday February 22, 2021.

Faculty / Instructor Survey

Administrator/Staff Survey (e.g.  Provost, Dean, Department Chair, Center for Teaching and Learning staff, Instructional Designer)
Your individual responses to the survey will remain confidential and the research team will only report aggregated data.

Findings from this study will be freely distributed to advance the of digital learning in higher education. You will receive a copy of the research findings at the conclusion of this study.

To access free resources for evaluating digital learning tools and to learn more about our work, including prior research studies, visit

The survey is being administered by Tyton Partners. If you have questions about the survey you can contact the research team at [email protected]


Frequently Asked Questions

Q: Who is conducting the study?
A: The study is being conducted by Tyton Partners, with the support of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and in partnership with Every Learner Everywhere.

Tyton Partners is an advisory firm focused on the education sector, including Pre-K-12, postsecondary, and corporate and professional learning. You can learn more about the organization at and contact the research team with questions at  [email protected]

The Postsecondary Success team at The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation has funded the effort to undertake and share this research with the field. The goal of the Postsecondary Success strategy is to ensure that more students complete education after high school that helps them support themselves, engage in their communities, and achieve their dreams.

Only aggregated results will be seen by The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation - no individual-level data will be shared.

Q: How will my answers be used?
A: The aggregated results will be used to create reports and on the state of digital learning in postsecondary education in the United States. Prior studies can be accessed at

Q: Who will see my responses?
A: Privacy is of the utmost concern and all respondents’ data are de-identified as the first step in analysis. Only certified Institutional Review Board (IRB) researchers will have access to these de-identified survey responses. These researchers may include professionals from Every Learner Everywhere partner organizations. Only de-identified and non-personally identifiable data will be released and shared with our partners and the field.

Q: Will you sell my contact information for marketing purposes?
A: No. This project is non-commercial - responding will not subject you to any marketing whatsoever.

You can copy and paste this URL into your browser if the above link does not work:

Faculty / Instructor survey:

Administrator / staff link -