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Tony Sheehan

Sr Director Analyst

Tony Sheehan is a Senior Director Analyst in Gartner Research and Advisory. Mr. Sheehan researches higher education learning environments with a particular focus on learning management systems as well as the wider ecosystem of technologies that currently support learning in Higher Education. He also reviews the potential adoption of emerging learning technologies, as well as good practices to optimize student experience and institutional learning effectiveness.

He has considerable experience of digital learning strategy development, and can reflect on implementing learning technologies for both qualifications and executive education clients. He 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 Learning Environment Innovation (retired)


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)?

2What new learning technologies should I be considering to improve educational practice?

3How can I evaluate and adopt new learning technologies?

4How can higher education clients develop online learning solutions for executive education?

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