David Wiley, PhD

Hello! I'm David. Welcome to my little corner of the web.

I'm the Chief Academic Officer of Lumen Learning, a company dedicated to eliminating race, gender, and income as predictors of student success in US higher education, using a combination of open educational resources, learning analytics, generative AI, continuous improvement, and professional development. I'm also Education Fellow at Creative Commons, adjunct faculty in Brigham Young University's graduate program in Instructional Psychology and Technology, where I was previously a tenured Associate Professor, and Entrepreneur in Residence at Marshall University's Center for Entrepreneurship and Business Innovation.

As an academic, I've been fortunate to receive several recognitions for my work, including an National Science Foundation CAREER grant and appointments as a Nonresident Fellow in the Center for Internet and Society at Stanford Law School, a Peery Social Entrepreneurship Research Fellow in the BYU Marriott School of Business, and a Shuttleworth Fellow. As a social entrepreneur, I've founded or co-founded numerous entities including Lumen Learning, Degreed, and Mountain Heights Academy. In 2009, Fast Company named me one of the 100 Most Creative People in Business. In 2022 - 2023, I was President of the international Association for Educational Communications and Technology.

I began my teaching career in 1996 as adjunct faculty at Ashland Community College in Kentucky where I taught Introduction to E-Business. I then taught Webserver Configuration and Administration as an adjunct in Marshall University's Computer Science Department. And then Educational Psychology at Brigham Young University as a graduate student. I then held tenure-track faculty appointments at Utah State University and Brigham Young University, where I taught courses in instructional design, grant writing, open education, social entrepreneurship, social media in education, and other subjects. As an adjunct, I most recently taught IPT 515R, Generative AI for Instructional Designers at BYU, and MKT 485, Startup Academy at Marshall University during the Spring 2024 term.

I'm a living organ donor. In 2019 I donated part of my liver to a good friend. Learn more about living organ donation at UNOS and organdonor.gov.

I was born and grew up in West Virginia. I'm an active member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and served a two-year mission in Fukuoka, Japan. I currently live in West Virginia with my wife and three of our five children. I enjoy hiking, running, amateur radio, listening to and making music, reading, and playing basketball.

You can reach me at [email protected].

Around the Web

Open Content Blog :: Google Scholar

WV8O Blog :: PSKReporter :: WV8O Logbook

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Honors, Recognitions, and Experience

My talk at TEDxNYED. New York City, March 2010. "Education Is Sharing."


"Wiley (2000) collated work on the concept of LO [learning objects], which led to significant amounts of activity by educational technologists and software engineers to devise the systems, processes and models to enable educators to design, share and (re)use LO (McGreal, 2006; Weller, Little, McAndrew & Woods, 2006).

With the expansion of the Internet and the emergence of the World Wide Web (WWW) it was also Wiley (1999) who took another major feature of software engineering - the open licences applied to open source software that enabled community-driven improvement of the software code - and applied it to educational content. Wiley's notion of open content, his first attempts at an open licence and the separate but related developments of the Creative Commons movement and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology OpenCourseWare initiative then led on to the adoption of the term open educational resources at a United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization meeting, all of these actions stimulated and supported by significant programmatic funding from the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation (Ilyoshi & Kumar, 2008)."

Lane, A. & Mcandrew, P. (2010). Are open educational resources systematic or systemic change agents for teaching practice. British Journal of Educational Technology, 41(6), pp. 952-962. doi:10.1111/j.1467-8535.2010.01119.x

Visual notes from a 2012 talk of mine by gforsythe

Music I Like

The Real Group, Sara Gazarek, The Manhattan Transfer, New York Voices, Harry Connick, Jr., Thelonius Monk, Chanticleer, Take 6, Lauren Kinhan, Janis Siegel, Sara Evans, Peter Hollens, Stacey Kent, David Hykes, Glenn Gould, Billy Joel, Glad, Yo Yo Ma, Samuel Barber, Ralph Vaughan Williams, Lisa Ono, Dreams Come True, Sakamoto Ryuichi, Laura Pausini, Pizzicato Five, Yano Akiko, Wong Faye, Imai Miki, and yes, Barry Manilow.

Once upon a time I dabbled in composition. Sketches is a collection of original short piano pieces recorded in 1991. I still do a cappella arrangements for groups I occasionally sing with. One day I'll have to post some of those here...

Fiction I Like

Anything and everything by Brandon Sanderson - The Way of Kings, Words of Radiance, Oathbringer, The Final Empire, The Well of Ascension, The Hero of Ages, Elantris, Warbreaker, Rhythm of War and more..

The Earthsea Cycle by Ursula K. Leguin is the one that started it all for me, and Earthsea still feels like home in many ways - A Wizard of Earthsea, The Tombs of Atuan, The Farthest Shore, Tehanu, Tales from Earthsea, The Other Wind.

Musical Theater

I love musical theater and used to do shows all the time - three a year during my peak period. Brush Up (or Pick Up) Rehearsals are one of the great joys of life that few people know. Unfortunately it's difficult for me to find the time to participate in theater anymore. Some of the roles I've played in the past include:

I also had the very great pleasure of serving as Music Director (orchestra, chorus, and actors) for the Huntington Outdoor Theater production of Hello, Dolly! in 1996. That was a blast.

For auditions I almost always sing Sondheim's Take Me To The World from Evening Primrose.