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Richard West, PhD

Assistant Professor , Brigham Young University
Provo, Utah, United States

Research field: Education - Educational Technology
Collaborative Creativity/Innovation, technology integration, distance education


Awards and Grants

  •  Oct 2012 
    Crystal Award (AECT): 2nd Place, Outstanding Research Article in Distance Education
  •  Oct 2012 
    Crystal Award (AECT): 2nd Place, Outstanding Practice Article in Distance Education
  •  Aug 2012 
    Marriott Award for Outstanding Researcher (McKay School of Education)
  •  Oct 2010 
    D&D (AECT) Outstanding Journal Article
  •  Oct 2008 
    ECT Mentor Scholarship
  •  Oct 2008 
    AECT Presidential Service
  •  Oct 2008 
    ECT Strohbehn Intern
  •  Oct 2008 
    ETR&D Young Scholar
  •  Apr 2006 
    AERA SIG-IT Young Researcher

Biographical Information

I am an assistant professor at Brigham Young University in the Instructional Psychology and Technology department. My main research interests are in (1) evaluating and designing instructional environments that foster collaborative creativity and (2) online learning communities. I have also published widely on K-16 technology integration and the technological training of preservice teachers.

Here are a few additional projects I have been involved in:
- I developed a framework, called Communities of Innovation, to describe those communities that foster innovation, rather than practice. This framework was described in a 2009 paper in ETR&D that won the 2010 AECT Outstanding Journal Article Award.

- In collaboration with Brad Marianno, we have developed and validated an instrument for assessing dynamic expertise, a critical skill for group creativity. A paper sharing the instrument and validation data is under review.

- In collaboration with Peter Rich, I developed a framework for evaluating the quality of educational scholarship (Rigor, Impact, and Prestige). I use these frameworks to inform much of my work. This framework is described in a 2012 paper in Innovative Higher Education and a 2012 paper in Educational Technology.

- I am a co-developer, with Dan Randall and Buck Harrison, of the IPT Ed TEC open badges and Instructional Technology for Teachers MOOC. See


Professional Experience

2009 - Present
Assistant Professor at Brigham Young University
Provo, Utah, United States
Classes taught:
Academic Writing and Argumentation
Theories on Creativity and Innovation
Critical Literature Reviews
Technologies for Preservice Teachers
Foundations of Instructional Psychology & Technology

2008 - Present
The University of Georgia in Athens, Georgia, United States
PhD - Educational Psychology & Instructional Technology
Consulting Services

I provide ongoing consulting related to technology professional development, online education, and group creativity. I have taught seminars and workshops at universities (e.g. James Madison University, Utah State University, Brigham Young University), school districts, and professional organizations (e.g. AECT).

I also provide services as an external evaluator, focusing on mixed methods evaluations. Previous clients include:
- Clemson University
- Big Brainz software company
- Jefferson, GA school district

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