The Office of Educational Technology in the U.S. Department of Education organized a two-day summit in December of 2016 aimed at improving teacher preparation. The summit was attended by university deans, department chairs, and professors of education, along with other leaders in the field.
My two presentations were on the use of micro-credentials in teacher education. I am a co-designer of a micro-credential system used at Brigham Young University and I’m currently helping to design a micro-credential system that universities across the nation can choose to adopt. I’ve also co-authored several articles on Open Badges, a type of digital micro-credential.
In February 2017, I had the opportunity to be part of a group from the Utah Association of Charter Schools that met with Utah state senators and representatives to promote charter schools in the state. Among those we spoke with were Senator Ann Millner, Senator Lyle Hillyard, and Speaker of the House Greg Hughes (pictured with our group).
In 2007, I had the opportunity to attend the University of Cambridge as a visiting student through the Pembroke-Kings Programme. While there I did additional undergraduate coursework in history from Cambridge professors.
This experience also afforded me with the chance to travel to various historical sites in the United Kingdom and and elsewhere in Europe. Visiting such sites provided me with historical insights I had never had before about those locations. As a result, I came to realize the power of experiential learning, as opposed to more abstract methods of learning, and have advocated for it ever since.
I’m an instructional designer, educator, videographer, techie, movie lover, and ball cap connoisseur.
My research interests include online learning, learning in higher education, the use of story and video in instruction, and collaborative innovation.