Brian Salerno is the Executive Director of the Center for Digital Innovation in Learning (CDIL) at Boston College. Having spent twenty-years in the field of digital learning and instructional design in higher education, he has been involved in the planning, design, development, and launch of dozens of online and hybrid programs as well as formed and managed several talented teams of learning designers and instructional technologists. Brian has developed significant expertise in the areas of instructional and multimedia design, educational technology, faculty development, online program management, and the digital transformation of teaching and learning.

Prior to his appointment as Executive Director, Brian served as the Director of Learning Design in CDIL, leading the learning design and instructional media teams responsible for partnering with BC faculty on the design and development of innovative and engaging online courses and programs. Prior to joining Boston College, he was the Director of Online Learning and Instructional Design at Brandeis University in Waltham, MA, where he established and led the Master of Science in Learning Experience Design program in the Rabb School of Continuing Studies. At Brandeis, Brian built an instructional design team that was recognized for its expertise in innovative teaching and learning practices and supported the development of new programs and partnerships across the institution. He has held  similar leadership roles at Quinnipiac University in Hamden, CT, University of New  Haven, in West Haven, CT, and Kaplan Higher Education’s Hesser College in  Manchester, NH. In addition, Brian has taught and designed graduate and  undergraduate courses at several New England-area colleges and universities over  the last fifteen years.  

Brian earned his bachelor's and master's degrees in interactive media from  Quinnipiac University and is currently completing his doctoral dissertation in the  Graduate School of Education at Northeastern University with a research focus on  the impact of instructional design support on adjunct instructors' perception of  their job satisfaction and effectiveness in the design of online courses. Brian lives in  Southern New Hampshire where he enjoys spending time with his two kids, going  camping, participating in trivia tournaments, and closely following politics and 


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Brian L. Salerno
Executive Director