New Yellowdig Advisor: Mark Milliron PhD, WGU's SVP & Executive Dean of the Teachers College

October 21, 2021
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Deb Bolton

Yellowdig recently appointed Dr. Mark David Milliron as a member of its advisory board. Dr. Milliron is an award-winning higher education leader, author, and speaker, working all across the education space.

Dr. Milliron currently serves as Senior Vice President and Executive Dean of the Teachers College at Western Governors University (WGU). WGU’s Teachers College serves over 30,000 teachers, leaders, and other educators across the US, making it the largest college of education in the country. WGU is known for its instructional innovation, affordable access, competency-based education, and workforce connection.   

Dr. Milliron will add advising Yellowdig to his broader work of catalyzing positive change in education through his service on the boards and advisory councils of leading-edge education organizations, including the Trellis Foundation; Bennett College; the Global Online Academy; Civitas Learning; the Mastery Transcript Consortium; the Hope Center for College, Community, & Justice; and ISKME/Open Education Resource Commons.   

Dr. Milliron co-founded Civitas Learning in 2011 and was the Chief Learning Officer for 7 years. 

In 2016 Chronicle of Higher Education named him as one of the “Top Technology Innovators” in higher education; and in 2018, EdTechDigest named him as one of the Top Influencers in the education technology field.  

“Yellowdig’s innovations around deepening and improving engagement in digital learning spaces are compelling,” Dr. Milliron noted. “There is so much to learn together as this work continues, and I’m glad to be in the mix as it takes shape!”   

“We are very excited to have Mark join us as a key member of our advisory team,” said Shaunak Roy, Founder and CEO of Yellowdig. “The vast knowledge and experience that he brings will help us to drive improvements to our approach and platform. His support will drive us toward our vision of bringing active, engaged learning to students everywhere.”  

As a new advisor to Yellowdig, Dr. Milliron will bring his years of experience in higher education to help further Yellowdig’s mission and growth. He will join current  advisory board members including: Dr. Gretchen M. Bataille, President of GMB Consulting Group; Dr. James L. Applegate, Former Executive Director for the Illinois Board of Higher Education; Leonard M. Lodish, Professor of Marketing and Samuel R Harrell Professor Emeritus in the Marketing Department of the Wharton School; Catherine M. Casserly, PhD, former CEO & President of Creative Commons, Aspen Institute Fellow, and Vice President at the Carnegie Foundation.

Yellowdig’s Engage digital platform is thoughtfully designed to build learning communities by combining the power of gameful learning principles with a social media interface. Engage supports active learning, student agency, and increases course participation, engagement, and retention. Founded in 2015, Yellowdig has worked with more than 100 of the largest and best learning institutions globally and has collected years of efficacy data on the platform's impact on learning outcomes. Engage is used by instructors across a diverse set of degree levels, study areas as well as in face-to-face, online and hybrid course modalities. Learn more about Yellowdig & the Engage platform by visiting