Tyler J. Griffin Associate Teaching Professor, Department of Ancient Scripture 210 D JSB – Brigham Young University – Provo, Utah 84602 801-422- 5109 – Tyler_Griffin@BYU.edu

Career Focus

My work is shaped by my academic training in computer engineering and instructional technology combined with 20 years of professional teaching experience in Seminary, Institute, and BYU Religious Education. These teaching opportunities have included settings large and small, face-to-face and online, real-time and asynchronous, LDS and non-LDS, and formal and informal. Based on this foundation, my career focus has these main objectives: (1) make learning “spiritually strengthening, intellectually enlarging, character building, and leading to life-long learning and service” while activating and respecting the agency of learners, (2) discover and implement the best pedagogical theories, practices, and technology tools to create superior learning experiences, and (3) effectively train and mentor pre-service and inservice teachers on educational best practices.

Education

Ph.D. December 2006: Utah State University, Logan, Utah.

Major: Instructional Technology

Dissertation research conducted through the Church Educational System of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 2004-2006. I developed and piloted an online training program for volunteer seminary and institute teachers in six countries.

Dissertation title: Liberating the Spacing Effect from the Laboratory: A Practical Application in a Worldwide Web-Based Religious Education Volunteer-Teacher Training Program

Master of Education  August 2001: Utah State University, Logan, Utah.

Major: Instructional Technology

Graduate GPA 3.9, Cum Laude

Bachelor of Science June 1998: Utah State University, Logan, Utah.

Major: Electrical Engineering with emphasis in Computer Engineering

Minors: Computer Science, Portuguese

GPA 3.61, Cum Laude

Professional Work Experience

August 2010 to present

Assistant teaching professor in the Department of Ancient Scripture at Brigham Young University. This has included responsibilities to teach multiple classes with large numbers of students, help train transfer professors and graduate students teaching in our department, develop online learning resources for our courses, and help develop expectations for the new RelA 275 foundation course on the Book of Mormon.

October 2012 to present

Co-director with Taylor Halverson and Seth Holladay of the Scriptural Visualizations and Learning Group at BYU. This is an interdisciplinary group with faculty members from Ancient Scripture, the Center for Teaching and Learning, Animation, Illustration, Entrepreneurship, Geography, the Technology School, Instructional Psychology and Technology, Laycock Center for Creative Collaboration, and Information Systems contributing input on our projects. We have worked on digitally immersive scripture tools to enhance the student experience with the New Testament and Book of Mormon. Our collaborations also extend to a variety of organizations within the Church including Seminaries and Institutes of Religion, Scripture Committee, Digital Scriptures, Church History Department, and the Motion Picture Studios.

July 2013 to 2016

Teaching Professor consultant for Magna Publishing, in Madison, Wisconsin. This includes serving on the board for the Teaching Professor Technology Conference, recording online seminars and 20-Minute Mentor DVD tutorials for teaching best practices, and helping develop a new “just in time” training program for campus inservice leaders. Occasionally, it also includes visiting a college to provide on-site faculty development seminars.

May 2012 to 2015

Independent consultant with the LDS Digital AV Media team at the Motion Picture Studios in Provo, Utah. This includes evaluation of media on biblevideos.org and the biblevideos app along with creating material for immersive learning experiences using a computer-generated 3D environment of 1st Century Jerusalem.

April 2008-July 2010

CES Learning Technologies Supervisor with responsibility to create and pilot an online home-study seminary program in six countries, advise CES on educational technology uses, and coordinate all online training and teaching efforts.

April 2005-June 2009

CES Preservice trainer at the Logan LDS Institute of Religion with responsibilities to recruit, train, observe, advise, and recommend student teachers for full-time CES employment.

June 2004-April 2005

Full-time instructor at the Logan LDS Institute of Religion

June 1998-June 2004

Full-time LDS seminary teacher in Brigham City, Utah (adjacent to Box Elder High School)

June 1996-June 1998

  • Electrical engineering internship at Campbell Scientific, Inc. Logan, Utah
  • Printed circuit board design at PDQ PC Design, Providence, Utah
  • LDS Seminary student-teacher in Smithfield and Hyrum, Utah
   

Publications

  Griffin, Tyler J. (2015). “Below the Surface: Strategies for Deep and Lasting Learning.” Online Seminar and training DVD for Magna Publications Inc. Madison, Wisconsin. Originally broadcast on April 21, 2015.
Griffin, Tyler J. (2015). “Using Context to Deepen and Lengthen Learning.” Faculty Focus, online newsletter published March 16, 2015. Magna Publications, Inc., Madison, Wisconsin. Online copy available at http://www.facultyfocus.com/articles/instructional-design/using-context-deepen-lengthen-learning/
Griffin, Tyler J. (2014). “Online Learning that Lasts: How to Engage and Retain Students.” Online Seminar and training DVD for Magna Publications Inc. Madison, Wisconsin. Originally broadcast on August 5, 2014.
Griffin, Tyler J. (2014). “Online Learning that Lasts: Three Ways to Increase Student Engagement and Retention.” Published jointly in Online Classroom and Distance Education Report online and print newsletters, July 2014. Magna Publications Inc. Madison, Wisconsin. Online copy available with subscription at http://www.magnapubs.com/newsletter/online-classroom/125/online_learning_that_lasts_three_ways_to_increase_student_engagement-10100-1.html
Griffin, Tyler J., Alford, Kenneth L. (2014). “Helping Students Succeed in a Large Classroom.” Online Seminar and training DVD for Magna Publications Inc. Madison, Wisconsin.
Griffin, Tyler J., Alford, Kenneth L. (2014). “How Can I Build a Successful Faculty Development Program?” Magna Publication Inc. 20-Minute Mentor DVD, Madison, Wisconsin.
Griffin, Tyler J., Alford, Kenneth L. (2014). “How Can I Reduce Student Apathy and Increase Motivation?” Magna Publication Inc. 20-Minute Mentor DVD, Madison, Wisconsin.
Griffin, Tyler J., Alford, Kenneth L. (2014). “What Works and What Doesn’t When Teaching Large Classes?” Magna Publication Inc. 20-Minute Mentor DVD, Madison, Wisconsin.
Griffin, Tyler J., Alford, Kenneth L. (2014). “How Can I Use Student Feedback to Improve My Teaching?” Magna Publication Inc. 20-Minute Mentor DVD, Madison, Wisconsin.
Griffin, Tyler J., Alford, Kenneth L. (2014). “How Can I Use Technology to Improve Learning?” Magna Publication Inc. 20-Minute Mentor DVD, Madison, Wisconsin.
Griffin, Tyler J., Hilton, John III, Plummer, Kenneth, Barrett, Devynne, (March, 2014). “Correlation Between Grade Point Averages and Student Evaluation of Teaching Scores: Taking a Closer Look,” Assessment & Evaluation in Higher Education, 39 (3): 339-348. Taylor and Francis, Oxfordshire, UK. Online copy available at http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/02602938.2013.831809
Griffin, Tyler J., Alford, Kenneth L. (2013). “Teaching Unprepared Students: The importance of Increasing Relevance.” Faculty Focus, online newsletter published November 4, 2013. Magna Publications, Inc., Madison, Wisconsin. Online copy available at http://www.facultyfocus.com/articles/effective-teaching-strategies/teaching-unprepared-students-the-importance-of-increasing-relevance/
Griffin, Tyler J., Alford, Kenneth L. (2013). “Teaching Unprepared Students: Strategies that Work.” Online Seminar and training DVD for Magna Publications Inc. Madison, Wisconsin.
Griffin, Tyler J., Alford, Kenneth L. (2013). “How Do I Create a Successful Faculty Mentoring Program?” Magna Publication Inc. 20-Minute Mentor DVD, Madison, Wisconsin.
Griffin, Tyler J., Alford, Kenneth L. (2013). “How Can I Be an Effective Mentor?” Magna Publication Inc. 20-Minute Mentor DVD, Madison, Wisconsin.
Griffin, Tyler J., Alford, Kenneth L. (2013). “How Can I Best Learn from My Mentor?” Magna Publication Inc. 20-Minute Mentor DVD, Madison, Wisconsin.
Griffin, Tyler J., Alford, Kenneth L. (2013). “How Can I Effectively Teach Unprepared Students?” Magna Publication Inc. 20-Minute Mentor DVD, Madison, Wisconsin.
Griffin, Tyler J. (2012). “Nephi: An Ideal Teacher of Less-Than-Ideal-Students.” Religious Educator, vol. 13, no. 2, Provo, Ut: Religious Studies Center, Brigham Young University, 61-71.

Presentations

Griffin, Tyler J. (2015). “Breathing New Life into Ancient Texts.” An update presentation of the 3D Jerusalem App during a session for the Academic Teaching and Biblical Studies Group at the Annual Society of Biblical Literature Conference in Atlanta, Georgia.

Hilton, John, Sweat, Anthony, Griffin, Tyler J. (2015). “Teaching with Spiritual Impact: An Analysis of Student Comments Regarding the Spiritual Influence of Religion Classes.” A presentation for the Academic Teaching and Biblical Studies Group at the Annual Society of Biblical Literature Conference in Atlanta, Georgia.

Griffin, Tyler J. (2014). “Breathing New Life into Ancient Texts.” A presentation of the 3D Jerusalem App during a session for the Academic Teaching and Biblical Studies Group at the Annual Society of Biblical Literature Conference in Baltimore, Maryland.

Griffin, Tyler J., Dreon, Oliver. (2014). “Robust and Effective Technology-Facilitated Course Design.” A four-hour preconference workshop presented at the Annual Teaching Professor Technology Conference in Denver, Colorado.

Griffin, Tyler J. (2014). “Still Touched and Healed By Peter’s Shadow Today.” Presentation at the Annual Sidney B. Sperry Symposium, sponsored by BYU Religious Education, Provo, Ut.

Griffin, Tyler J. (2014). “How Can I Make My Courses More Relevant and Engaging for the Students?” Two one-hour workshops for the Spring Seminar hosted by the BYU Faculty Center, Provo, Utah.

Griffin, Tyler J., Alford, Kenneth L. (2013). “Teaching Unprepared Students: Strategies that Work.” Large workshop presentation presented twice at the Annual Teaching Professor Conference in New Orleans, Louisiana.

Griffin, Tyler J. (2013). “How Can I Make My Courses More Relevant and Engaging for the Students?” Two one-hour workshops for the Spring Seminar hosted by the BYU Faculty Center, Provo, Utah.

Griffin, Tyler J. (2013). “Bridging the Gap Between Coursework and Mastery Learning: Tips and techniques that work.” One-hour workshop for the Scholarship of Teaching and Engagement 5 Conference sponsored by Utah Valley University, Orem, Utah.

Griffin, Tyler J. (2012). “How Can I Make My Courses More Relevant and Engaging for the Students?” Two one-hour workshops for the Spring Seminar hosted by the BYU Faculty Center, Provo, Utah.

Griffin, Tyler J. (2012). “Beyond PowerPoint: Simple Technologies to Increase Engagement and Relevance.” Large workshop presentation at the Annual Teaching Professor Conference in Washington DC.

Weiss, Mark, Griffin, Tyler J., (2011). “Communities of Practice for Teachers and Students Using Banded Instruction.” Moodle Moot West Coast 2011 Conference plenary session presentation, Sonoma, California.

Awards

“Outstanding Service to Members of the Freshman Class Award,” (2012). BYU Phi Eta Sigma recognition of one professor’s contributions to helping the freshman class each year.