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Rob Nyland, PhD.

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PhD in Instructional Psychology & Technology September 2013 — August 2016

Brigham Young University
  • Dissertation Title: Transaction-Level Data in Online Assessments
  • 4.0 GPA
  • 2015 Best Student Project Award
  • 2015 IP&T Scholarship
  • Recipient of Fritz B. Burns Full-Tuition Scholarship

MA in Mass Communications September 2005 — December 2007

Brigham Young University
  • Research in online social networking and it's impact on communication.
  • Thesis Title: The Gratification Niches of Internet Social Networking, E-Mail, and Face-to-Face Communications
  • 4.0 GPA

BA in Media Arts Studies September 1998 — August 2004

Brigham Young University
  • Graduated Summa Cum Laude
  • Recipient of Edwin S. Hinckley Full-Tuition Scholarship

Research Areas

  • Learning Analytics
  • Adaptive/Personalized Learning
  • Competency-Based Education
  • Authentic Assessment
  • Open Educational Resources
  • Design Thinking

Peer Reviewed Articles

  • Lowenthal, P, Nyland, R., Jung, E., Dunlap, J., & Kepka, J. (2018, under review). Does class size matter? An exploration into faculty perceptions of teaching high-enrollment online courses.  
  • Nyland, R, Davies, R., Albrecht, C., & Allen, G. (2018, under review). The Predictive Value of Courseware Learning Analytics on Student Performance in Online Authentic Assessment
  • Nyland, R. (2018).  The Infrastructure of Openness: Results from a Multi-Institutional Survey on OER Platforms.  The International Journal of Open Educational Resources.
  • Nyland, R. (2018). A Review of Tools and Techniques for Data-Enabled Formative Assessment. Journal of Educational Technology Systems46(4), 505-526.
  • Bodily, R., Nyland, R., & Wiley, D. (2017). The RISE Framework: Utilizing learning analytics for the continuous improvement of Open Educational Resources.  International Review of Open and Distributed Learning, 18(2).
  • Davies, R., Nyland, R., Bodily, R., Chapman, J. S., Jones, B., & Young, J. (2017). Designing technology-enabled instruction to utilize Learning Analytics. Tech Trends. 61, 1155-161.
  • Nyland, R., Davies, R. S., Chapman, J. S., & Allen, G. (2016). Transaction-level learning analytics in online authentic assessments. Journal of Computing in Higher Education. doi:10.1007/s12528-016-9122-0
  • Nyland, R., Anderson, N., Beckstrom, T., Boren, M., & West, R. E. (2015) An analysis of the Journal of Educational Computing Research, 2003-2012.   Educational Technology, Volume 55(2), 43-48.
  • Randle, Q., Nyland, R., Todd, S., Christensen, J., Godfrey, C., Grange, R., Wheeler, J., and Smith, B.  (2008).  Participation in Internet Fantasy Leagues and Mass Media Use.  Journal of Website Promotion, 3.
  • Nisse, T., Bauman, L., Nyland, R. & Marvez, R.  (2007).Imaging a Worldwide Church: 30 Years of Photographs in the Ensign Magazine. Southwestern Journal of Communication.

Book Chapters

  • Mott, J., Nyland, R., Williams, G., Atkinson, M., & Ceglia, A. (2016). The Next Generation CBE Architecture: A Learning-centric Standards-based Approach. In Handbook of Research on Competency-based Education in University Setting, p. 134-158.

Conference Proceedings

  • Mott, J. & Nyland, R. (2015).  Difference Engine and Learning Objects, Inc. Proceedings of the 17th International Conference on Artificial Intelligence in Education. Madrid, Spain: Springer.
  • Davies, R., Nyland, R., Chapman, J., Allen, G. (2015). Using Transaction-Level Data to Diagnose Knowledge Gaps and Misconceptions.  Proceedings of the Fifth International Conference on Learning Analytics and Knowledge.  New York, NY: ACM.


  • Nyland, R., Croft, B., & Jung, E. (2018).  Leveraging Learning Analytics to Bolster Online Student Success. Presentation at the 2018 NW ELearn Conference in Boise Boise, ID.
  • Lowenthal, P., Nyland, R., Jung, E., & Kepka, J. (2018). Teaching Large Online Courses: Implications for the Research and Practice of Online Learning.  Presentation at the 2018 NW ELearn Conference in Boise Boise, ID.
  • Nyland, R. (2018).  The Infrastructure of Openness: A multi-institutional survey on OER platform use.  Presentation at 2018 Open Education Conference in Niagara Falls, NY.
  • Lashley, J, Nyland, R., & Jones, M. (2018).  Who Designed this Course?!?! The trouble with being open to online but closed to content.  Panel presentation at the 2018 Open Education Conference in Niagara FAlls, NY.
  • Nyland, R., Budd, V., Kenyon, A., & Wilson, H. G. (2018).  Learning Analytics in Action: Empirical Findings from an Online Program Pilot.  Webinar presented as part of the Best of the Blackboard Analytics Symposium series.
  • Nyland, R. (2018). Learning Analytics in Action: Empirical Findings from an Online Program Pilot. Presentation at the Blackboard Analytics Symposium in Austin, Texas.
  • Nyland, R. (2017). Leveraging Analytics for Student Success.  Presentation at the 2017 DigEco Conference, Boise, ID.
  • Bodily, R., Nyland, R., & Wiley, D. (2016).  The RISE Framework: Continuously Improving OER using learning analytics.  Paper presented at the 2016 Open Education conference in Richmond, VA.
  • Nyland, R., Greenhalgh, S., Rosenburg, J., Koehler, M., Valetsianos, G., & Kimmons, R. (2016).  Public Data Mining Methods, Ethics, & Legalities.  Panel presented at the 2016 Conference of the Association for Educational Communications and Technology in Las Vegas, NV.
  • Nyland, R., Davies, R, Chapman, J., & Allen, G. (2016). Learning Content Analytics: Exploring the Link Between Video, Reading, and Assessment in an Online Course. Paper presented at the 2016 Conference of the Association for Educational Communications and Technology in Las Vegas, NV.
  • Davies, R., Nyland, R., Bodily, R., & Chapman, J.  (2016).  What Should Instructional Designers Know about Learning Analytics?  Paper presented at the 2016 Conference of the Association for Educational Communications and Technology in Las Vegas, NV.
  • Nyland, R., Davies, R., Chapman, J., & Allen, G. (2015).  Accelerating Learning with Analytics: Using Transaction Level Data to Identify Student Misconceptions.  Paper presented at the 2015 Conference of the Association for Educational Communications and Technology in Indianapolis, IN.
  • Langton, M., Nyland, R., & Gibbons, A. (2015).  Designing Transformative Family Learning (TFL) Experiences: Implications for Instructional Design.  Paper presented at the 2015 Conference of the Association for Educational Communications and Technology in Indianapolis, IN.
  • Nyland, R., Langton, M., & Gibbons, A. (2015).  A New Farm Country: Designing Transformative Family Learning.  Poster presented at the 2015 Conference of the Association for Educational Communications and Technology in Indianapolis, IN.
  • West, R. E., Hadlock, C. A., Langton, M., & Nyland, R. (2014).  What are we talking about? An Analysis of the Last Decade of Research Published in Major Journals in Our Field.  Paper presented at 2014 Conference of the Association for Educational Communications and Technology in Jacksonville, FL.
  • Mott, J., Nyland, R., & Tanner, B. (2013). Seamless & Frictionless Implementation of OERs in VLEs. Presented at the 2013 Open Education Conference. November 6-8 in Park City, UT.
  • Davis, H., Nyland, R. & Chappell, S (2012). Cut and Remix: Talking with Students About Visual Media Copyright. Presented at the 2012 Washington State Assessment, Teaching, and Learning Conference. May 2-4, 2012 in Vancouver, WA.
  • Nyland, R. (2011) Using Video Production Tools in the Classroom. Presented at the 2011 NW Elearn Conference. Oct 13-14, 2011, in Vancouver, WA.
  • Nyland, R., Marvez, R., & Beck, J. (2007). MySpace: Social Networking or Social Isolation? Presented at the AEJMC 2007 Midwinter Conference. February 23-24, 2007, Reno, Nevada.
  • Nyland, R. and Near, C. (2007). Jesus is My Friend: Religiosity as a mediating factor in social networking use. Presented at the AEJMC 2007 Midwinter Conference. February 23-24, 2007, Reno, Nevada.
  • Nyland, R. (2007). Social Networking: Fertile Ground for the Branding of Youth. Presented at the 19th Annual Convention of the Far West Popular Culture & Far West American Culture Associations. January 26-28, 2007, Las Vegas, Nevada.
  • Nyland, R. (2006). Media and the Representation of Race and Culture. Arts Leadership Seminar. Provo, UT: Center for Instruction in Teaching and Learning, Brigham Young University.

Work experience

Boise State University January 2017 — Current

eCampus Research & Innovation Team Manager
  • Lead a team that is responsible for consulting with faculty and staff on ensuring evidence-based design practices in their online courses and programs
  • Responsible for implementing a learning analytics pilot within Boise State University's fully online programs

Learning Objects, Inc. September 2013 — January 2017

Learning Engineer Consultant
  • Managed migrations of learning content from various LMSs to a custom-built competency learning platform.
  • Worked with product team to develop features that would benefit instructors and learners
  • Authored white papers and book chapters covering issues related to adaptive learning, learning platforms, and competency-based education.
  • Instructional design and development for high-profile educational clients in a competency-based Learning Management System.

Brigham Young University September 2013 — August 2016

Research Assistant
For Dr. Randy Davies
  • Co-authored papers investigating the use of Learning Analytics in Education
For Dr. Rick West
  • Responsible for content creation and web redesign (from Wix to Drupal) of content for the Creativity, Innovation, and Design (CID) Group at BYU.
  • Created short video profiles highlighting student and faculty projects related to CID
  • Developed social media strategy as well as publishing schedule for website
For Dr. Peter Rich
  • Developed a web scraper using Python to automatically pull journal metrics from several research databases (Cabell's, Google Scholar, Scopus, ISI)

Lake Washington Institute of Technology September 2008 — Present

Adjunct Faculty
  • Development and delivery of fully online course delivered in the Canvas LMS - Humanities 110: Introduction to Film.  The course is based upon a cognitive apprenticeship model wherein students take on the role of a filmmaker for the course of the semester.
  • Teach and mentor approximately 20 students every quarter.

Lake Washington Institute of Technology September 2008 — August 2013

Full-Time Faculty
  • Responsibilities included: instruction for classes in Final Cut Pro/Adobe Premiere, Motion Graphics, Digital Sound, Introduction to Film, and Video Production Taught multiple classes in online, hybrid, and face-to-face formats utilizing both Angel and Canvas learning management systems.
  • Responsible for the development and implementation of curriculum for the Video and Web Production Program.
  • Program advisor for over 80 students.
  • Responsible for video marketing for the college.
  • ELearning Committee Chair
  • College Council Elected Representative

Penn, Schoen, and Berland Associates April 2008 — Sep 2008

  • Survey design and analysis for high-profile technology clients (Microsoft, Dell).
  • Worked with internal and external vendors to field survey projects

Brigham Young University Sep 2005 — July 2007

Graduate Assistant
  • Taught a lab section of Intro to Broadcasting, where students learned to compose news stories using basic MiniDV cameras and Avid Xpress Pro. 
  • Designed and taught required undergraduate course in Non-fiction film History and Theory.

Software Knowledge

  • SPSS
  • MPlus
  • Python (pandas, numpy)
  • Excel
  • Microsoft Access / SQL
  • Tableau
Web Development:
  • HTML
  • CSS
  • PHP
  • JQuery
Design / Video:
  • Adobe Photoshop
  • Adobe Illustrator
  • Adobe Premiere
  • Adobe After Effects
eLearning Authoring
  • Canvas LMS
  • Articulate Storyline


  • McKay School of Education 3 Minute Thesis - 3rd Place ($400)
  • AECT Pacificorp Design Competition Finalist
  • ETRD Young Scholar Award Finalist
  • Instructional Psychology & Technology Full Tuition Scholarship
  • Instructional Psychology & Technology Best Student Project Award
  • AECT 3 Minute Thesis Finalist
  • Fritz B. Burn Full Tuition Scholarship 

Classes Taught

Brigham Young University:
  • IPT 334: Technology Integration for Early Childhood Education
  • TMA 680: Media Production Experience
  • TMA 293: Documentary History and Theory
  • Comms 260: Intro to Broadcasting (Lab Instructor)
Lake Washington Institute of Technology:
  • HUM 110: Intro to Film (online)
  • MMDP 099: Intro to Windows and Mac
  • MMDP 101: Digital Design Survey
  • MMDP 107: Digital Storytelling
  • MMDP 119: Video Production
  • MMDP 120: Digital Content Delivery
  • MMDP 139: Beginning Video Editing (Final Cut Pro and Premiere)
  • MMDP 159: Advanced Production
  • MMDP 160: Digital Sound (Pro Tools and Soundtrack Pro)
  • MMDP 170: After Effects
  • MMDP 171: Apple Motion

Creative Projects

  • Sound Designer and Colorist, Convert, Documentary Short directed by Scott Christopherson.
  • Director and Editor, Web Commercials for Puget Sound Blood Center
  • Freelance Final Cut Editor, Stevenson Advertising, Lynnwood WA.
  • Tribute to Broadway, PSA for local production, Motion Graphics Designer
  • The Gentle Tyrants Podcast, weekly podcast, producer, talent, and editor
  • The Adventures of Food Boy, independent feature, Sound Mixer
  • The Handcart Company: A Sesquicentennial Celebration, musical album, Sound Engineer and Producer (recorded using Logic)
  • Untitled Bach Documentary for KBYU, Sound Mixer
  • Just Enough is More: A Film about Milton Glaser, short documentary, Sound Mixer
  • Moving McAllister, independent feature, Boom Operator
  • Room to Move: A film about Frank Jordan, Post-production Sound Mixer 
  • Pride and Prejudice, Sound Mixer
  • The Best Two Years, Boom Operator
  • The Home Teachers, Boom Operator (uncredited)
  • Pirates of the Great Salt Lake, Boom Operator
  • Propensity, Boom Operator
  • Coney Island, independent short narrative, Post-production Sound mixer
  • Can You See Yourself?, documentary short, director and editor
  • Te Whare Wananga O Awanuiarangi, Sound Mixer and Editor
  • True Blue Beauty, Post-production Sound Mixer


Dr. Randy Davies
Brigham Young University

Dr. Jon Mott
Learning Objects, Inc

Nancy Dick
Director, Workforce Education (former Dean at Lake Washington Institute of Technology)
Washington State Board for Community and Technical Colleges