Fiona Hollands is the Associate Director and a Senior Researcher at the Center for Benefit-Cost Studies of Education at Teachers College, Columbia University. At the center, Fiona has been working on research projects applying the methods of cost-effectiveness analysis to educational programs, with the aim of demonstrating how policymakers can optimize the use of resources in education. Recent studies address high school completion, early literacy and online learning. Recently Fiona completed a study of Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) entitled “MOOCs: Expectations and Reality,” to understand the goals of institutions that are developing and delivering these courses, their costs, impact on educational outcomes, and expectations for whether and how this phenomenon may change the landscape of learning over the next few years. Fiona is also part of a CBCSE team that is developing an online tool to facilitate cost and cost-effectiveness analyses by other researchers and education decision-makers. The goal is to promote greater attention to issues of productivity of education.
Fiona has been studying and evaluating the use of technology in education since 1999, starting with her dissertation entitled “The Impact of Computer Use on the Individualization of Student Learning Experiences in Public Middle School Science Classrooms,” and through work with the Center for Technology and School Change at Teachers College. She is currently serving as evaluator for a school district that is implementing a digital learning environment in its schools.
Previously, Fiona worked in the international financial securities industry in London, Paris, and New York. She earned a B.A. Honours Degree in Pure and Applied Biology from Oxford University, England, an M.A. degree in Sociology and Education, and a Ph.D. in Politics and Education, both from Teachers College, Columbia University. Fiona is a citizen of the United States, the United Kingdom, and Brazil.