When David Wiley sees something broken, he wants to fix it, especially if it has to do with access to education. With emerging technology that can transform the way instructional content is delivered, the Brigham Young University scholar contends that now is the time to reform a system bogged down by proprietary concerns.
"The Internet presents an opportunity to share information like never before. I am driven by a passion and a feeling of responsibility to increase access to education for everyone," said Wiley, associate professor of instructional psychology and technology.
Now he has a new platform for that pursuit, as a senior fellow with Digital Promise, a congressionally authorized center devoted to developing technologies that improve teaching and learning. He starts his work Monday with the Washington-based nonprofit, which is funded by education-oriented foundations and the U.S. Department of Education.
"David is one of the country’s leading thinkers and innovators around the use of technology in education," said Digital Promise executive director Adam Frankel. "There is no better match than David coming on as our first senior fellow to help us build a fellows programs and be a voice for what the role of the government and private sector should be in spurring technological innovation in our schools."