Brigham Young University – Provo, UT
Ph.D. in Instructional Psychology and Technology, expected graduation December 2017
Dissertation title: Examining the Use of Open Badges to Respond to Challenges of an Undergraduate Technology Course for Secondary Education Majors

Brigham Young University – Provo, UT
M.S. in Instructional Psychology and Technology, December 2014
Project title: Designing Video Instruction to Improve Collaboration in Teacher Professional Learning Communities

University of Cambridge – Cambridge, UK
Participated in the Pembroke-Kings Programme, summer 2007

Brigham Young University – Provo, UT
B.A. in History Teaching, Minor in Jewish Studies, August 2007

Teaching and Mentoring


Graduate Level Courses
IPT 692R, The Learning Infrastructure
Co-taught with Jon Mott Fall 2013.

IPT 515R, Theories of Creativity and Innovation
Co-taught with Rick West Spring 2013.

IPT 655, Instructional Print Design
Co-taught with Jennifer Price in Fall 2011.

Undergraduate Level Courses
IPT 286, Instructional Technology for Pre-service Teachers
Instructor of Record for the following formats:

  • Blended: Taught 1 semester
  • Open Online Course: Taught 1 semester
  • Online: Taught 4 semesters.
  • Face-to-face: Taught 5 semesters.
  • Also worked as an undergraduate TA for the course.

Was one of several instructors for a two-day youth workshop on innovation sponsored by BYU.


Mentored a team of undergraduate Assistant Instructional Designers (Teaching Assistants) as they created badge rubrics, tutorials, and other materials for the IPT EdTec website.

Mentored two students from my IPT 286 class as they participated in the MSE’s Innovative Instruction Competition. These students were finalists in the competition.

Mentored an undergraduate research assistant. She worked with me as we analyzed data and wrote an article on social innovation.

Mentored two graduate (masters students) research assistants. The first worked with me as we developed an open badge system and wrote an article detailing our design. The second helped me collect a series of articles on MOOCs and Open Badges for future research.

Mentored undergraduate teaching assistants for IPT 286

Work History

Instructional Designer, Imagine Learning
Sept. 2015 – present
• Product Owner for Student Experience.
• Helped lead a team of over 30 people as we rebuilt our client application in record time.
• Performed end-user research to identify weaknesses in the product’s student engagement.
• Design new engagement pieces, or redesign previous lessons, to increase student engagement.

Governing Board Member, Franklin Discovery Academy
April 2015 – present (unpaid)
• Met regularly with the governing board to discuss school needs and approve solutions.
• Severed as the IT committee co-chair as we sought to identify and implement the school’s IT needs.

Educational Research Intern (Gamification Research and Design), Imagine Learning
Feb. 2015 – Aug. 2015
• Designed gamification elements to increase student engagement and experience in the Imagine Learning product.
• Researched current product design, along with related gamification aspects, in order to improve the design.

Founding Board Member, Franklin Discovery Academy
Jan. 2014 – April 2015 (unpaid)
• Involved in designing school’s macro-level curriculum plan to include elements of gamification, and opportunities for student choice and autonomy in learning.
• Researched important issues regarding the philosophy of the school, and debated issues with other board members to arrive at policy and other decisions most likely to be beneficial to students.

Research Assistant, BYU Dept. of Instructional Psychology & Technology
Aug. 2009 – April 2015
• Analyzed both quantitative and qualitative data to identify ideal ways to improve instruction on collaborative innovation.
• Researched the design, development, and use of open badges in undergraduate education.
• Wrote articles for academic journals and gave conference presentations that show the results of studies and how the results should affect future instruction.

Research Assistant* (Instructional Designer), BYU Dept. of Teacher Education
Feb. 2014 – Oct. 2014
• Helped design and develop training modules for secondary education majors on how to create common assessments and how to collaborate in a Professional Learning Community.
• Successfully advocated for the training to use authentic experiences and performance-based assessment methods.

Instructor of Record, BYU Dept. of Instructional Psychology & Technology
Aug. 2009 – Dec. 2013
• Taught undergraduate course on technology integration in secondary education. Taught face-to-face, online, and blended versions of the course.
• Developed online version of course utilizing the Canvas LMS. This version was later adopted by other instructors of the course.
• Designed the IPT EdTec open badge system to better support student learning and differentiation of instruction.
• Served as the Administrator and Instructional Designer for IPT EdTec.
• Co-taught three graduate-level face-to-face courses on Instructional Print Design, Creativity, and the Learning Infrastructure.

Research Assistant* (Video & Assessment Specialist), BYU Dept. of Instructional Psychology & Technology
May 2012 – Aug. 2012
• Designed and produced video clips to be used as simulations in an online performance assessment.
• Helped develop and calibrate test items for online performance assessment.

Research Assistant* (Instructional Designer), BYU McKay School of Education
Aug. 2010 – May 2012
• Designed and produced instructional videos to supplement teacher education on how to collaborate effectively in team meetings.
• Learned how to effectively manage scope creep, meet client needs, and perform other project management tasks.

Instructional Designer, BYU-Hawaii Dept. of Online Curriculum
May 2010 – Aug. 2010
• Designed and developed undergraduate online courses for use by campus and distance students.
• Incorporated knowledge of computer skills, multimedia tools, and principles of instructional design in course production.

*Most graduate student employment at BYU is labeled “research assistant” regardless of the nature of the tasks performed. For jobs in which research was not performed, a more accurate job title is provided in parenthesis.

Creative Works

West, R. E., Rich, P. J., Wright, G., Cates, S., Makin, A., Randall, D. L. (2009). Designers. An episode of Everything Creative, produced by the Mormon Channel Internet Radio. http://www.mormonchannel.org/everything-creative-discussion/5


Research Presentation Award (2014). Brigham Young University, School of Graduate Studies.

Research Presentation Award (2013). Brigham Young University, School of Graduate Studies.

Outstanding Student Teaching Assistant Award (2013). Brigham Young University, department of Instructional Psychology and Technology.

Research Presentation Award (2011). Brigham Young University, School of Graduate Studies.

Grand Prize, Innovative Instruction Competition (2011). Brigham Young University, McKay School of Education. Title of Project: ReadNow! Where Reading and Technology Meet.

Outstanding Master’s Student Award (2010). Brigham Young University, department of Instructional Psychology and Technology.


AECT Open Badge Committee/National Ed Tech Badges Council (2016-present). Working with professors around the nation to establish open badge standards for preservice and inservice teacher education programs.

Faculty Training (2012-2013). Proved one-on-one training on the Canvas LMS to Brigham Young University faculty members in various colleges.

Faculty Workshop (2012). Provided training on the Canvas LMS to faculty members of Brigham Young University’s McKay School of Education as a part of the MSE’s Blended Learning Initiative.

Lead Videographer (2011). Open Education Conference in Park City, Utah.