Anne Niccoli


Anne's current position is at the U. S. Coast Guard Leadership Development Center, Performance Support Department. As an instructional systems designer, she creates curriculum and training programs that develop leadership skills for Coast Guard officer and enlisted personnel. As a member of the project team for the first blended learning initiative, Anne strives to design course components to foster critical thinking in various learning environments. She created a resource portal to assist with self-serve, on-demand unit leadership development. The Leadership Development Resources inventory includes over 70 videos, podcasts and tools for advancing leadership skills. More crucially, the resources provide guidance to cultivate critical thinking skills. Anne was a member of the Unit Leadership Development Implementation team that was recognized for the most innovative leadership initiative in 20 years and awarded the Coast Guard Meritorious Team Commendation.

Anne's research studies examine the difference in learning and performance between digital and paper readers. Specifically, her research seeks to uncover factors that affect cognitive processes, shape decisions, and influence thinking.  

Anne holds a Doctorate in Education and qualifications as a Certified Performance Technologist, Instructional Systems Design, Master Training Specialist, and Coast Guard Instructor. She presented at several educational and training conferences and authored articles in military leadership publications.

-International Society for Performance Improvement, Rapid Online Course Design, May 2021

-Hale Associates, The economics of ignorance symposium, How Technology and Social Media Hijack Critical Thinking, Oct 2020

-International Society for Performance Improvement, Digital Fakery, May 2019; 2020

-PerformanceXpress, AI, the dark side, May. 2018. Available at                                

-Northeastern Educational Research Association, Effects of human interactions with computers on ethical decisions. NERA Conference Proceedings, 2017. Available at

-Military Simulation & Training, Critical thinking: Agent for change, Issue 5, 2017. Available at,%22page%22:18}

-International Society for Performance Improvement, Digital screens: Choices & decisions, 2017

 -American Educational Research Association, The efffects of reading mode on decisions, 2017. Available at

-International Society for Performance Improvement Conference, 2016: Digital screen effects on attention and memory.

-EDUCAUSE Review. (2015, Sep 28). Paper or Tablet? Reading Recall and Comprehension. Available at

-NERCOMP 2015 Annual Conference. Digital devices, digital brains. 

-Northeastern Educational Research Association, 2014: The effects of reading modes on recall and comprehension. Research paper published in NERA Conference Proceedings, UCONN Digital Commons. Available at:

-Military Simulation & Training, 2014: Leading change, a critical approach to instruction, 31(5), 17-19. Available at

-International Society for Performance Improvement, 2014: Fusion learning online [Results].

-New England Educational Research Organization, 2013: The effects of media framing on critical thinking.

-Coast Guard Human Performance Technology Workshop, 2012: Fusion learning online [Prototype].

-Coast Guard, The Leadership News, 2011: Robotic revolution in military affairs: Implications for leaders

-Coast Guard Human Performance Technology Workshop, 2011: Robotic revolution in military affairs

-Coast Guard Human Performance Technology Workshop, 2010: Framing the military

EDUCAUSE Publications

  • Paper or Tablet? Reading Recall and Comprehension
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    What effect do digital devices have on our digital brains? To uncover the influence on learning of using digital tablets for reading, the Coast Guard Leadership Development Center conducted an experiment to ascertain differences in recall and comprehension between tablet and paper readers.

EDUCAUSE Presentations