"Far too much work in educational technology starts with tools, when what we need to start with is humans" Stommel, J. 2014
Norma Scagnoli

Norma Scagnoli is the Sr. Director of eLearning at the College of Business at University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. She also holds a Research Assistant appointment with the College of Education. Norma has extensive experience in the application of technologies in teaching and learning. She worked in the design of the first of its kind MOOC-based program, the iMBA. In the College of Business, she manages eLearning design and development for online, blended and flipped classroom models as well as for MOOCs.

Key Professional Appointments

Research Assistant Professor EPOL - College of Education, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 2014 - present

Sr. Director of eLearning College of Business, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 2007 - present


Ph.D., Human Resource Development, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 2007

M.Ed., Education, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 2000

B.A., English as a Foreign Language, Instituto del Rosario, 1982

Awards, Honors, Associations

Chancellor's Academic Professional Excellence (CAPE) University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 2017 - 2017

Outstanding Service Awards: Outstanding Academic Professional Award College of Business , University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 2016 - 2016

Research & Publication Award UCEA Universities Continuing Education Association, 2005 - 2005

Fulbright Scholar Fulbright, 1998 - 1998

Research & Service

Dr Scagnoli's research focuses on new pedagogies and organizational change in Higher Education. In the area of new pedagogies in higher education, she looks into elearning models in both fully online and blended learning in undergraduate (Scagnoli, 2012; Seufferheld & Scagnoli, 2011; Scagnoli, Moore-Reynen & Dyer, 2011; Scagnoli & Packard, 2011; Scagnoli, 2010) and graduate education (Scagnoli, 2013; Scagnoli & Hong, 2012; Moore-Reynen & Scagnoli, 2012; Scagnoli, Buki & Johnson, 2009; Scagnoli, 2007). Regarding organizational change, her research has been driven by experience as elearning director or coordinator, and by my experience teaching in Management of HRD - ELearning. Using action research, and mixed methodologies in evaluation, I have examined the structure and organization of online programs (Benson, Scagnoli & Yoon, 2007; Fainholc & Scagnoli, 2007; Scagnoli, Mallo, & Bertazzi, 2006; Scagnoli, 2004), the impact of the integration of elearning into an organization’s governance, policies, leadership and structure (Scagnoli & Hong, 2012; Scagnoli, 2009; Scagnoli, Stephens & Anderson, 2008; Scagnoli, 2005; Scagnoli, 2001). My research has resulted in multiple keynote addresses, conference presentations and journal articles in national and international conferences. As a reflective practitioner, I have also examined the qualitative research methods I use, and I have co-produced a smaller number of publications and research studies looking into qualitative data displays (Verdinelli & Scagnoli, 2013 and 2010) and qualitative research in general (Verdinelli & Scagnoli, 2010; Scagnoli & Buki, in progress).


Scagnoli, N. (2015) Blended Learning o la Convergencia de lo Presencial y lo Virtual. Educación virtual y universidad, un modelo de evolución Universidad Autónoma Metropolitana: Azcapotzalco, Mx, Mexico  link >

Scagnoli, N., McKinney, A., & Moore-Reynen, J. (2015) Video Lectures in eLearning. Handbook of Research on Innovative Technology Integration in Higher Education Information Science Reference. doi:10.4018/978-1-4666-8170-5.ch006: Hershey, PA, USA

Willging, P., Astudillo, G., Francia, A., & Scagnoli, N. (2011) Aprediendo con Tecnologias Universidad Nacional de La Pampa: Santa Rosa, La Pampa, Argentina  link >

Scagnoli, N. (2012) Blended Learning Editorial Académica Española

Scagnoli, N., & Seufferheld, M. (2013) Web Conferencing and ICTs to Enhance Undergraduate Science Teaching E-Learning and Digital Media 8 (1), 1-7  link >

Scagnoli, N., & Packard, C. (2011) Improving a blended delivery model in a large enrollment business course Conference Proceedings of the Academy of Human Resource Development,: Chicago, AHRD

Scagnoli, N., Mallo, A., & Bertazzi, G. (2010) Communication Media in Virtual Education [La educación virtual y sus medios de comunicación] Revista Metavoces

Scagnoli, N. (2009) A review of online learning and its evolution in Latin America Policy Future in Education 7 (5), 555-565

Scagnoli, N., Buki, L., & Johnson, S. (2009) The influence of online teaching on face-to-face teaching practices Journal of Asynchronous Learning Networks 13 (2), 115-128


Forums and Beyond: Creating an Engaging Online Learning Community (2017). Coursera: Boulder, CO.

Open Badges: Capturing Credentials Beyond a Degree (2013). University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign: Champaign, IL.

Evaluation of Blended Learning in Large Enrollment Courses (2012). Universidad de Buenos Aires (UBA): Argentina.

Blended Learning in Higher Education (2012). Universidad Autonoma Metropolitana (UAM): Mexico City, Mexico.

To Tube or Not to Tube: Microlectures in Higher Education (2012). University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign: Champaign, IL.

iPads in Graduate Professional Education (2012). University of Wisconsin-Madison: Madison WI.

Preparing instruction for mobile learning (2012). University of Wisconsin-Madison: Madison WI.

Leadership lessons for instructors and their students (2012). University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign: Champaign, IL.

Wikis in K-12: An opportunity for collaborative writing (2006). Chicago Public Schools: Chicago.


Member- Online Learning Affinity Group AACSB - Online Learning Affinity Group, 2017 - present


Dr Scagnoli teaches HRD575 Innovation in eLearning; HRD533 Management of HRD (elearning); and HRD 411 Training Design. She has also experience teaching Evaluation; Instructional Design and Adult Education.


Innovation in E-Learning Designed to provide an in-depth look at ongoing innovations in Web-based electronic technologies that can be used to deliver e-Learning content and to enhance learning experiences in e-Learning environments. Students will acquire and synthesize advanced content knowledge and critically review research on ongoing innovations that are integrated with targeted content in today's eCommunication and e-Learning environments. Course Information: Prerequisite: Open to all graduate students.

Norma Scagnoli

Research Assistant Professor, Education Policy, Organization and Leadership



430 Wohlers Hall
1206 S. Sixth
Champaign, IL 61820

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