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David Bruce Porter

University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, Gies College of Business / Independent Consultant

United States of America - New Haven

Passionate educator leading digital transformation and innovation

Areas of interest

  • Leadership
  • Online Learning
  • Microcredentialing
  • Educational Technology
  • STEM

Current Affiliations

  • Australasian Society for Computers in Learning in Tertiary Education

  • University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, Gies College of Business

  • Freelance Consultant


Past Affiliations

  • Indiana University of Pennsylvania

  • University of Wollongong, Faculty of Science, Medicine & Health



Dr. David Bruce Porter specializes in helping individuals and organizations to leverage digital tools and platforms to achieve their goals. By focusing on people, platforms, and processes, he partners with stakeholders to design effective and eloquent solutions. Over the past 15 years, he has helped clients in higher education design online activities and courses to create engaging and seamless solutions to transform educational practice.

At the University of Wollongong, he successfully led a team of learning designers/educational technologists on strategic initiatives in the Faculty of Science, Medicine & Health. This included the successful design and launch of three graduate certificate programs, including the Graduate Certificate in Medical & Health Leadership. His team was recognized in 2021 with an Outstanding Contribution to Teaching and Learning citation.

Prior to moving to Australia, David was the Online Learning Specialist at Indiana University of Pennsylvania. He mastered a variety of systems and tools, including D2L Brightspace and Moodle, to support learning and teaching and to build the institution’s capacity to support online learners. His accomplishments included the launch of three fully online degree programs. Furthermore, he served on institutional, regional, and state committees focused on progressing distance education and online learning.

David is actively involved in leadership positions to progress educational practice. He is currently involved in Contextualising Horizon, an international research collaboration to identify educational technology and practice trends in the Australasian region. He served on the Australasian Society of Computers in Learning in Tertiary Education (ASCILITE) executive from 2019-2022, where he produced the ASCILITE Wavelength Podcast and the ASCILITE Live! Webinar series. David also served on the executive of the Wollongong Academy of Tertiary Teaching and Learning Excellence and the Indiana University of Pennsylvania Center for Teaching Excellence.

David holds a doctorate in Communications Media & Instructional Technology and a master’s degree in Adult Education & Communications Technology from Indiana University of Pennsylvania and a bachelor’s degree in Journalism from West Virginia University.