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Brief Biography

Dr. David Wiley is Co-Founder and Chief Academic Officer of Lumen Learning, an organization dedicated to increasing student success and improving the affordability of education through the adoption of open educational resources by middle schools, high schools, community and state colleges, and universities. He is also currently a Shuttleworth Fellow, Education Fellow at Creative Commons, and adjunct faculty in Brigham Young University's graduate program in Instructional Psychology and Technology.

As an academic, Dr. Wiley has received numerous recognitions for his work, including an NSF CAREER grant and appointments as a Peery Social Entrepreneurship Research Fellow in the BYU Marriott School of Business and Nonresident Fellow in the Center for Internet and Society at Stanford Law School. As a social entrepreneur, Dr. Wiley has founded or co-founded numerous entities including Lumen Learning, Degreed, and the Open High School of Utah (now Mountain Heights Academy). In 2009, Fast Company named Dr. Wiley one of the 100 Most Creative People in Business.

David was born and raised in West Virginia. He is an active member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (the Mormons). He served a two-year mission for the church in Fukuoka, Japan, and now serves as bishop of a student congregation at Brigham Young University. David lives in Utah with his wife and five children and enjoys running, playing basketball, listening to and making music, and reading.

  • Pre-College Program, Music, Carnegie Mellon University, 1989.
  • BFA, Music, Marshall University, 1997.
  • PhD, Instructional Psychology and Technology, Brigham Young University, 2000.
  • Postdoctoral Fellow, Instructional Technology, Utah State University, 2001.
Honors, Recognitions, and Experience

Visual notes from a recent talk of mine by gforsythe


"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

"David is one of America's most innovative thinkers on the future of learning. His cutting-edge work is helping America find ways of cutting costs while delivering a world-class education to all our students. Harnessing the promise of technology to drive better results is David's trademark, and it's what Digital Promise is all about."

Adam Frankel, Executive Director, National Center for Research in Advanced Information and Digital Technologies (Digital Promise)

Music I Like

Sara Gazarek, New York Voices, The Manhattan Transfer, 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, Fernanda Takai, Vanessa de Mata, 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 Musical Theater Resume
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:
  • J. Pierrepont Finch, How To Succeed in Business Without Really Trying
  • Curly McLain, Oklahoma
  • Sid Sorokin, The Pajama Game
  • Nanki-Poo, The Mikado
  • Dr. Rasmussen T. Finsdale, Li'l Abner
  • Perchik, Fiddler on the Roof
  • 2nd Trio Member, Trouble in Tahiti
  • Bud Frump, How To Succeed in Business Without Really Trying
I also had the very great pleasure of serving as Musical Director (orchestra, chorus, and actors) for the Huntington Outdoor Theater production of Hello, Dolly! in 1996. That was a blast.

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

  Speaking Highlights

I've been honored by invitations to speak in a number of different forums, including TEDxNYED, Marshall University Honors Convocation Address - A Permanent State of Transition, Penn State TLT Symposium Keynote - Openness, Disaggregation, and the Future of Education, TEDxBYU - An Interdisciplinary Path to Innovation, iSummit '08 Keynote - 10 Years of Open Content

TEDxNYED - Open Education and the Future

Press Coverage

Projects I'm involved in have been the subject of local, national, and international press articles. I'm also frequently interviewed for expert opinion by the media about various issues related to education, technology, and openness. Here are some recent links to articles about my projects or for which I was interviewed. (You can also check the incredible press that Lumen Learning, Degreed, and Mountain Heights Academy are getting on their respective websites).

Press Coverage from 2011 and Before