Taylor Halverson, Teaching and Learning Consultant

Office Location: 3800 HBLL

Phone: 801-422-7085

Email: taylor.halverson@byu.edu

Colleges & Assignments: Engineering and Technology, Family, Home, and Social Sciences, Humanities, International and Area Studies, Maxwell Institute

Taylor focuses his teaching, research, and professional work on helping others become lifelong learners. Taylor connects people to people, resources, and opportunities to do new and innovative things.  He does so through several core areas:

  • Innovation, design, and creativity, including entrepreneurship.
  • Scripture and literary studies including Book of Mormon, Biblical, and related ancient studies.
  • Accessibility and applicability of the scriptures and scripture scholarship, including scripture visualizations and learning tools.
  • Educational and learning technologies, including technology integration with teaching and learning.
  • Educational travel leader to destinations around the world.

Education

Dissertation: Improving Blended Learning Environments for Biblical Studies: Applications of the "Innovations in Distance Education" Theory.

  • Ph.D., Judaism & Christianity in Antiquity, Indiana University
    • Hebrew Bible
    • 2nd Temple Judaism
    • New Testament
    • Literary theory and criticism
  • Ph.D., Instructional Systems Technology, Indiana University
    • Blended learning
    • Technology integration
    • Learning and instructional design theory
  • M.S., Instructional Systems Technology, Indiana University
  • M.A., Biblical Studies, Yale University
  • B.A., Near Eastern Studies, Brigham Young University

Publications

  1. "Besides Me There is No Saviour. Isaiah 40-49.Interpreter: A Journal of Mormon Scripture2014. (172 views as of Sep. 2014)
  2. I Will Betroth Thee Unto Me in Righteousness: Hosea 1-3; 11; 13-14.Interpreter: A Journal of Mormon Scripture2014. (402 views as of Sep. 2014)
  3. Come to the House of the Lord. 2 Chronicles 29-30; 32-34.” Interpreter: A Journal of Mormon Scripture. 2014. (409 views  as of Sep. 2014)
  4. Reading the Scriptures Geographically: Some Tools and Insights.Interpreter: A Journal of Mormon Scripture. Volume 10, 2014. (1910 views as of Sep. 2014)
  5. "King Solomon; Man of Wisdom, Man of Foolishness. 1 Kings 3; 5-11." Interpreter: A Journal of Mormon Scripture2014. (322 views as of Sep. 2014)
  6. "'Be Strong and of a Good Courage.' Joshua 1-6; 23-24” Interpreter: A Journal of Mormon Scripture2014.  (617 views as of July 2014)
  7. ‘Ye Shall Be A Peculiar Treasure Unto Me.’ Exodus 15-20; 32-34.Interpreter: A Journal of Mormon Scripture. 2014.  (512 views as of July 2014)
  8. Between the Testaments: An Invitation to Explore the Intertestamental Time Period.Interpreter: A Journal of Mormon Scripture. 2013.  (800 views as of Sep. 2014)
  9. Who Were the Samaritans?" Interpreter: A Journal of Mormon Scripture2013.  (519 views as of Sep. 2014)
  10. The Psalm of Mary, or Mary's Magnificat.Interpreter: A Journal of Mormon Scripture2013.  (789 views as of Sep. 2014)
  11. I Saw the Heavens Open: Joseph Smith’s Inspired Translation of the Bible.Interpreter: A Journal of Mormon Scripture2013.  (695 views as of Sep. 2014)
  12. ‘Birthright Blessings; Marriage in the Covenant’ Genesis 24-29.Interpreter: A Journal of Mormon Scripture2013.  (1,130 views as of Sep. 2014)
  13. ‘Keep the Ordinances, as I have Delivered Them’ 1 Corinthians 11-16.Interpreter: A Journal of Mormon Scripture2013.  (485 views as of Sep. 2014)
  14. ‘He Was Lost, and Is Found’ Luke 15, 17.Interpreter: A Journal of Mormon Scripture2013.  (373 views as of Sep. 2014)
  15. ‘O How Great the Goodness of Our God’ 2 Nephi 6-10.Interpreter: A Journal of Mormon Scripture2013.  (429 views as of July 2014)
  16. ‘Noah…Prepared an Ark to the Saving of His House’ Moses 8:19-30; Genesis 6-9; 11:1-9.Interpreter: A Journal of Mormon Scripture2013.  (518 views as of July 2014)
  17. ‘Thou Wast Chosen Before Thou Wast Born’ Abraham 3; Moses 1-4.Interpreter: A Journal of Mormon Scripture. 2013.  (922 views as of July 2014)
  18. ‘The Restoration of the Priesthood’ D&C 13; 20:38-67; 27:12-13; 84:6-30; 107:1-20; 110:11-16; Joseph Smith—History 1:66-73Interpreter: A Journal of Mormon Scripture2013.  (496 views as of Sep. 2014)
  19. ‘The Kingdoms of Glory’ D&C 76; 131; 132:19-24; 137Interpreter: A Journal of Mormon Scripture2013.  (573 views as of Sep. 2014)
  20. ‘Remember the New Covenant, Even the Book of Mormon’ D&C 16-23Interpreter: A Journal of Mormon Scripture2013.  (226 views as of Sep. 2014)
  21. The Desert Shall Rejoice, and Blossom as the RoseInterpreter: A Journal of Mormon Scripture2013.  (203 views as of July 2014)
  22. ‘O God Where Art Thou?’ D&C 121, 122Interpreter: A Journal of Mormon Scripture2013.  (718 views as of July 2014)
  23. Finding Joy in Temple & Family History WorkInterpreter: A Journal of Mormon Scripture2013.  (264 views as of July 2014)
  24. ‘The Lord Looketh on the Heart’ 1 Samuel 9-11; 13; 15-17Interpreter: A Journal of Mormon Scripture2013.  (449 views as of Sep. 2014)
  25. ‘Being Good Citizens’ D&C 58:21-22, 26-28; D&C 98:4-10; 134; Articles of Faith 1:12Interpreter: A Journal of Mormon Scripture2013.  (335 views as of July 2014)
  26. ‘The Gathering of My People’ D&C 29:1-8; 33:3-7; 37; 38:24-41; 52:2-5, 42-43; 57:1-3; 110:11Interpreter: A Journal of Mormon Scripture2013.  (332 views as of Sep. 2014)
  27. 'To Seal the Testimony' D&C 135" Interpreter: A Journal of Mormon Scripture2013.  (413 views as of June 2014)
  28. 'Be Not Deceived, But Continue in Steadfastness' D&C 26; 28; 43:1-7; 50; 52;14-19.Interpreter: A Journal of Mormon Scripture.  2013.  (297 views as of Sep. 2014)
  29. Martyrdom of Isaiah.”  Encyclopedia of Ancient History, 2013
  30. Evaluation of Design Work and the Achievement of Learning Outcomes in Senior Capstone Courses.Proceedings of 2012 American Society of Engineering Education Annual Conference & Exposition. Robert Todd, Carl Sorenson, and Taylor Halverson, 2012
  31. Civilizations of Ancient Iraq.  Benjamin R. Foster and Karen Polinger Foster.  Princeton: Princeton University Press, 2009. Comparative Civilizations Review, No. 66, pp. 143-147, Spring 2012
  32. Israel: Past & Present.  D. Bahat. Rome: Vision, 1998. Comparative Civilizations Review, No. 66, p. 148, Spring 2012.
  33. Jordan: Past & Present.  E. Borgia. Trans., A. Potter. Rome: Vision, 2001. Comparative Civilizations Review, No. 66, pp. 149-150, Spring 2012.
  34. Chronicle of the Old Testament Kings: The Reign-by-Reign Record of the Rulers of Ancient Israel.  John Rogerson.  London: Thames and Hudson, 1999.  Comparative Civilizations Review, No. 66, pp. 151-155, Spring 2012.
  35. Ancient Israelite Zion Theology, Judeo-Christian Apocalypticism, and Biblical (Mis)interpretation: Potential Implications for the Stability of the Modern Middle East.” Comparative Civilizations Review, No. 64, Spring 2011, pp. 75-89. (474 views as of March 2014)
  36. The Cambridge Companion to the Hellenistic World.  Glenn R. Bugh, ed.  Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2006. Comparative Civilizations Review, No. 65, pp. 115-127, Fall 2011.
  37. Industry Experience and Perspective: A Survey of Advice Brigham Young University Capstone Alumni Share with Incoming Students.”  Proceedings of 2011 American Society of Engineering Education Annual Conference & Exposition. Taylor Halverson, Robert Todd, Christopher Mattson, and Gregg Warnick, 2011
  38. A Case Study of How Project-Based Learning Helps Increase Interest, Understanding, and Relevance in Engineering for Learners.”  Proceedings of 2011 American Society of Engineering Education Annual Conference & Exposition. Taylor Halverson and Rollin Hotchkiss, 2011
  39. Distance Education Innovations and New Learning Environments: Combining Traditional Teaching Methods and Emerging Technologies.  Amherst, NY: Cambria Press, 2009
  40. The Path of Angels: A Biblical Pattern for the Role of Angels in Physical Salvation” in The Gospel of Jesus Christ in the Old Testament: The 38th Annual Brigham Young University Sperry Symposium.  Edited by D. Kelly Ogden, Jared Ludlow, & Kerry Muhlestein.  Salt Lake City, UT: Deseret Book Company, (Chapter 9, pp. 151-169), 2009
  41. Other articles are currently in the peer review process

Textbooks

  1. History of Creativity in the Arts, Science, & Technology, pre-1500, 3rd edition  (Brent Strong, Mark Davis, and Taylor Halverson), 2014, Kendall Hunt Publishing.
  2. History of Creativity in the Arts, Science, & Technology, post-1500, 3rd edition (Brent Strong, Mark Davis, and Taylor Halverson), 2014, Kendall Hunt Publishing.

Research in Progress (comments welcome to taylor.halverson@byu.edu)

  1. Designing Learning to Resurrect Abraham: A Review of the Design Principles of a University Course Developed to Immerse Students in the Histories and Traditions of Abrahamic Faiths Past and Present
  2. Was the Denarius A Daily Wage? A Note on the Parable of the Two Debtors in Luke 7:40-43.
  3. The Meaning of the Sinful Woman's Kiss in Luke 7:36-50.
  4. The Lives of Abraham: Seeing Abraham through the Eyes of 2nd Temple Jews.
  5. Josephus and Maccabees: Redecorating the Narrative.
  6. The Dichotomized Servant of Matthew 24: The Parabolic Use of the Symbol of Cutting Covenants.
  7. Nephi Becomes a Man: A Pattern for Young Men.
  8. Weaving Allusions and Intertextuality into 1 Peter.
  9. Banquets at Qumran: Inventing Traditions.
  10. Reading the Hippocratic Oath as a Religious Document.
  11. Was Adam a Monotheist? A Reflection on Why We Call Abraham Father and Not Adam.
  12. Synagogues in the Days of Jesus and Paul.
  13. John Philoponus and the Rejection of Aristotelian Science.
  14. A Summary of Ancient Christian Thought on Jesus in the Tomb. 
  15. Saving the Jewish Temple: Readings on the Temple from the 2nd Temple Period.

Courses

  1. Illuminating the Scriptures: Designing Innovative Study Tools (FNART 301)
  2. Innovation Lab: Exploration in Innovation Design Techniques (TECH 312)
  3. Innovation & Design Internship Projects (BUS 490R)
  4. History of Creativity in the Arts, Science, & Technology, pre-1500 (TECH 201)
  5. History of Creativity in the Arts, Science, & Technology, post-1500 (TECH 202)
  6. Resurrecting Abraham: Judaism, Christianity, and Islam - Past & Present (HONORS L 201)
  7. History of Learning, pre-1500 (IP&T 201)
  8. History of Learning, post-1500 (IP&T 202)
  9. Theories of Learning and Instruction (ED 7624)
  10. Principles of Instructional Design (ED 5802)
  11. Introduction to World Religions (REL R 133)
  12. Introduction to the Old Testament (REL A 301)
  13. Introduction to the Book of Mormon (REL A 121)
  14. Digital Humanities: Designing Learning for Great Works (course in development)
  15. Kingship in the Ancient Near East: Theory and Practice (course in development)

Development Groups & Innovation Projects I've Initiated (Spearheading Innovative Interdisciplinarity)

  • Co-Founder and Co-director, Scripture Visualizations and Learning Team. Multiple projects:
    • 3D Immersively Interactive New Testament Jerusalem (with BYU Ancient Scripture department and LDS Motion Picture Studio)
    • Visualizing the Book of Mormon (with BYU Ancient Scripture and Animation Departments)
    • 3D Immersively Interactive Church History Sites (with BYU Ancient Scripture, Animation, and Church History Departments and the LDS Church History Department)
    • Visualizing the House of Israel (with BYU Ancient Scripture and Animation Departments)
  • Scripture Tools Projects (with BYU Information Systems department):
  • Google Glass Project: Library Exploration (with BYU Library and IP&T department)
  • World Civilization Timeline Mapping Tool (with BYU CTL and Geography department)
Academic Committees & Professional Work
Awards
Academic Presentations
  1. "Engaging the Scriptures Geographically" Instructional Design and Learning Community (Salt Lake City, UT), 2014.
  2. “Motivation and Learning in Biblical Studies” Society of Biblical Literature National Conference (San Diego, CA), 2014.
  3. “Teaching the Bible with Google Earth and Other Visualization Tools” Society of Biblical Literature National Conference (San Diego, CA), 2014.
  4. “Course Design” Pre-conference half-day workshop. Society of Biblical Literature National Conference (San Diego, CA), 2014.
  5. “Weaving Allusions and Intertextuality into 1 Peter" Sperry Symposium (Provo, UT), 2014.
  6. “Studying the Scriptures Geographically Enhances Contextual Understanding.”  BYU Education Week (Provo, UT), 2014.
  7. “Studying the Scriptures Geographically Using Scriptures.byu.edu.”  BYU Education Week (Provo, UT), 2014.
  8. “Exploring the First Mission of Paul Using Google Earth.”  BYU Education Week (Provo, UT), 2014.
  9. “Exploring the Last Week of the Life of Jesus Using Google Earth.”  BYU Education Week (Provo, UT), 2014.
  10. “Accessible Scriptures and Accessible Scholarship: Emerging Tools” Global Education and Research Technologies Group, pre-conference workshop. Society of Biblical Literature National Conference (Baltimore, MD), 2013.
  11. “Course Design” Pre-conference half-day workshop. Society of Biblical Literature National Conference (Baltimore, MD), 2013.
  12. “To Grade or Not to Grade? Assessing Learning in Theology, Religion, or Biblical Studies Courses.” Society of Biblical Literature National Conference (Baltimore, MD), 2013.
  13. “Brain Rules and Teaching the Bible.” Society of Biblical Literature National Conference (Baltimore, MD), 2013.
  14. “Isaiah 56, Abraham, and the Stranger: The Outcast Invited into the Temple" Sperry Symposium (Provo, UT), 2013.
  15. “What is Teaching and Learning? Why a Personal Philosophy of Teaching Matters.”  Workshop at L’Institut Agronomique et Vétérinaire Hassan II (Rabat, Morocco), 2013.
  16. “Course Design.”  Workshop at L’Institut Agronomique et Vétérinaire Hassan II (Rabat, Morocco), 2013.
  17. “Tips and Resources for Teaching and Learning.”  Workshop at L’Institut Agronomique et Vétérinaire Hassan II (Rabat, Morocco), 2013.
  18. “What is Teaching and Learning? Why a Personal Philosophy of Teaching Matters.”  Workshop at Institute for Leadership and Communication Studies (Rabat, Morocco), 2013.
  19. “Course Design” Pre-Conference half-day workshop. Society of Biblical Literature National Conference (Chicago, IL), 2012
  20. “To Grade or Not to Grade? Assessing Learning in Theology, Religion, or Biblical Studies Courses.” Society of Biblical Literature National Conference (Chicago, IL), 2012.
  21. “Just-in-Time Teaching Tactics.” Society of Biblical Literature National Conference (Chicago, IL), 2012
  22. “Book review of Chronicle of the Old Testament Kings: The Reign-by-Reign Record of the Rulers of Ancient Israel” (John Rogerson, London: Thames and Hudson, 1999).” 42nd Annual Conference of the International Society for the Comparative Study of Civilizations (Washington, DC), 2012
  23. “Book review of Jordan: Past & Present (E. Borgia. Trans., A. Potter, Rome: Vision, 2001).” 42nd Annual Conference of the International Society for the Comparative Study of Civilizations (Washington, DC), 2012
  24. “Book review of Israel: Past & Present (D. Bahat, Rome: Vision, 1998).” 42nd Annual Conference of the International Society for the Comparative Study of Civilizations (Washington, DC), 2012
  25. “Book review of Civilizations of Ancient Iraq (Benjamin R. Foster and Karen Polinger Foster, Princeton: Princeton University Press, 2009).” 42nd Annual Conference of the International Society for the Comparative Study of Civilizations (Washington, DC), 2012.
  26. “Evaluation of Design Work and the Achievement of Learning Outcomes in Senior Capstone Courses.” American Society of Engineering Education Annual Conference (San Antonio, TX), 2012. (Robert Todd, Carl Sorenson, and Taylor Halverson.)
  27. “Bloom into Engaging Alignment: Making Design and Learning Fun.” The Teaching Professor National Conference (Washington, D.C.), 2012. (Susan Eliason, Taylor Halverson, and Ken Plummer).
  28. “Fostering Engagement with Technology.” Scholarship of Teaching and Engagement Conference (Orem, UT), 2012.
  29. “Designing Engaging Learning for a Large General Education Course using Bloom’s Revised Taxonomy.” Scholarship of Teaching and Engagement Conference (Orem, UT), 2012.
  30. “Using Electronic Response Systems to Enhance Close Reading Skills” Society of Biblical Literature National Conference (San Francisco, CA), 2011.
  31. “Teaching the Bible with Technology” Society of Biblical Literature National Conference (San Francisco, CA), 2011.
  32. “Learning Outcomes: Effective Tools and Processes” E-Learn World Conference (Honolulu, HI), 2011. (Taylor Halverson and Jeff Fox).
  33. “Building Our Own Modular, Web Service-based Learning Management System: Lessons Learned So Far” E-Learn World Conference (Honolulu, HI), 2011. (Jeff Fox and Taylor Halverson).
  34. “A Case Study of How Project-Based Learning Helps Increase Relevance and Motivation for Learners” American Society of Engineering Education Annual Conference (Vancouver, British Columbia), 2011. (Taylor Halverson and Rollin Hotchkiss).
  35. “Industry Experience and Perspective: A Survey of Advice Brigham Young University Capstone Alumni Share with Incoming Students” American Society of Engineering Education Annual Conference (Vancouver, British Columbia), 2011. (Taylor Halverson, Robert Todd, Christopher Mattson, and Gregg Warnick).
  36. “Book review of The Cambridge Companion to the Hellenistic World (Glenn R. Bugh, ed. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2006.)” 41st Annual Conference of the International Society for the Comparative Study of Civilizations (New Orleans, LA), 2011.
  37. “Omega and Alpha, Beginning at the End: Backward Design in Course Preparation” Society of Biblical Literature Regional Conference (Denver, CO), 2011.
  38. “Developing Learning Communities in Higher Education Using Twitter: What Works and What Doesn’t” Scholarship of Teaching and Engagement Conference (Orem, UT), 2011. (Taylor Halverson and Lisa Halverson).
  39. “Teaching Philosophies Workshop: Theoretical Considerations and Practical Applications” Society of Biblical Literature National Conference (Atlanta, GA), 2010
  40. “Covenantal Faithfulness in the Land of Zion—Suzerain-Vassal Treaties and the Establishment of Zion.” BYU Studies 50th Anniversary Symposium (Provo, UT), 2010
  41. “The Parabolic Use of the Symbol of Cutting Covenants: The Dichotomized Servant of Matthew 24.” Symbolism in Scripture: Types, Shadows, and Signs. 2010 Biennial Restoration Scripture Convention (Provo, UT), 2010
  42. “Reading the Past for the Future: When Ideologies Precipitate Crises They Were Intended to Avert.” 40th Annual Conference of the International Society for the Comparative Study of Civilizations (Provo, UT), 2010.
  43. “Using Dropbox Technology to Implement Electronic Portfolios, Collaborate, or Backup Data.” Teaching with Technology Idea Exchange (Salt Lake City, UT), 2010
  44. “Effective Uses of Discussion Forums for Biblical Studies Courses at a Distance.” Society of Biblical Literature National Conference (New Orleans, LA), 2009.
  45. “A New Software Resource for Learning Biblical Hebrew.” Society of Biblical Literature National Conference (New Orleans, LA), 2009. (Donald Parry, Samuel Smith, and Taylor Halverson).
  46. The Path of Angels: A Biblical Pattern for the Role of Angels in Physical Salvation.” Sperry Symposium (Provo, UT), 2009.
  47. “Did Northern Israel Collapse because It Failed to Evolve from Charismatic to Bureaucratic Leadership? Weberian Categories Provide New Views from Old Eyes.” Society of Biblical Literature National Conference (San Diego, CA), 2007.
  48. “Was Adam the First Monotheist?” Society of Biblical Literature National Conference (San Diego, CA), 2007.
  49. “Ancient Israelite Kingship: Theory & Practice.” Faculty Forum Series (Provo, UT), 2007.
  50. “What is a Gospel: Ancient Biographies.” Sperry Symposium (Provo, UT), 2006.
  51. “Whose Classroom? Learning Strategies for Distributed Learning in Religious Studies.” SBL/AAR Midwest Regional Conference (Deerfield, IL), 2005.
  52. “Instructional Technology for Religious Studies.” Religion and Technology Symposium (Bloomington, IN), 2005.
  53. “Josephus & 1st Maccabees: Redecorating the Narrative.” Society of Biblical Literature National Conference (San Antonio, TX), 2004.
  54. “Technology, Teaching, and Critical Thinking: An Emerging Theory.” Theology and Pedagogy in Cyberspace II (Chicago, IL), 2004.
 
Consultant for Academic Projects
  1. Analytical Reading Tool (CTL)
  2. Archives and Archival Research (Library)
  3. BYU Capstone Alumni Survey (Mechanical Engineering)
  4. BYU Capstone Team Formation (Mechanical Engineering)
  5. BYU Learning Communities (BYU General)
  6. BYU Learning Suite (BYU General)
  7. BYU Publications Exhibit Booth (BYU General)
  8. BYU Student Website - OneStop Website (BYU General)
  9. Center for Teaching and Learning Seminars (CTL)
  10. Communication Island (Electrical Engineering)
  11. Cool Apps Contest (CTL)
  12. Digital Design Tool (Industrial Design)
  13. Fluid Dynamics (Civil Engineering)
  14. Global Health and Human Diversity (Nursing)
  15. Information Technology Visualization (School of Technology)
  16. Language Teaching Methodologies (Spanish & Portuguese)
  17. Maxwell Institute Resources
  18. Motivation in Learning Animation (Linguistics)
  19. New Faculty Teaching and Learning Orientation (Nursing)
  20. Nursing Care of Adults with Acute and Chronic Illnesses (Nursing)
  21. Paleography (History)
  22. Rank and Status Policies (BYU General)
  23. Student Learning Portfolios (German)
  24. Teaching Tips (CTL)
  25. Technology Training (CTL)
  26. Travel Abroad Preparation Training (Nursing)
  27. Welsh Transcription (Humanities)
 
Languages
Educational and Travel Tour Leader
  • Israel – Lead and teach LDS travelers at sacred sites throughout the Holy Land. Old & New Testament focus.
  • Honduras, Belize, & Mexico – Lead and teach LDS travelers at sites in Mesoamerica. Book of Mormon focus.
  • Aspen Grove (Utah) - Summer Family Camp lecture series.

Mottos:

  • γνῶθι σεαυτόν (Gnothi seauton)
  • אורים ותומים (urim v thummim; lights and perfections)
  • Lux et Veritas
  • Learning. Connected.

Personal Blog

http://taylorhalverson.com/