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. She created a new innovative resource portal to assist with unit leadership development. The Leadership Development Resources inventory includes over 50 items for advancing leadership skills. More crucially, the resources provide guidance to deepen understanding and 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. Her interest in leadership begins with cadets; she is a "first line" mentor for 2nd class cadets at the Academy. Recently, Anne completed phases 1 and 2 of a reading study that examined differences in recall accuracy and comprehension between digital and paper readers. Course developers and instructors can draw upon the findings to be better informed for design and instructional decisions. 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 Conference, 2016: Digitial 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. Available at -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. Available at -Coast Guard Human Performance Technology Workshop, 2011: Robotic revolution in military affairs. Available at -Coast Guard Human Performance Technology Workshop, 2010: Framing the military. Available at

EDUCAUSE Publications

  • Paper or Tablet? Reading Recall and Comprehension
    • Article

    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.

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