Gartner Expert

Tony Sheehan

VP Analyst

Tony Sheehan is a Vice President Analyst in Gartner Research and Advisory. Mr. Sheehan researches higher education learning environments with a particular focus on learning management systems, online learning, and digital transformation of higher education. He also evaluates the potential of emerging learning technologies as well as good practices to optimize student experience, support faculty and deliver institutional learning effectiveness.

He has considerable experience of digital learning strategy development, helps Institutions evolve learning technology practices to address the current challenges facing higher education and has a strong interest in the educational implications of the evolving world of work.

Previous experience

Prior to joining Gartner, Mr. Sheehan had 12 years experience in the education sector, as Associate Dean for Digital Learning at London Business School, Director of Learning Services at Ashridge and as an advisor to multiple higher education and startup clients. Before joining the education sector, he designed and delivered a knowledge management strategy for Arup, a global engineering consultancy.

Professional background

London Business School

Associate Dean

Ashridge Business School

Director of Learning Services

Areas of coverage

Education Digital Transformation and Innovation

Education Technology Optimization and Modernization


B.A. (Hons) Metallurgy and Materials, Oxford University

MBA, Loughborough University

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Top Issues That I Help Clients Address

1How can I select, review and optimize my higher education Learning Management System (LMS)?

2How can higher education respond, recover and renew from COVID-19?

3How can I evaluate and adopt new learning technologies?

4How can higher education clients accelerate digital transformation?

5How can I develop my higher education digital learning strategy?