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Kenneth Plummer

Teaching & Learning Consultant

Colleges and Areas

Physical & Mathematical Sciences
Decision-Based Learning


Ken joined the Center for Teaching and Learning, after working five years developing classroom and large-scale assessments for a Church department. He also developed many surveys designed to evaluate programs, personnel, products, etc. He periodically co-teaches graduate courses in quantitative research. He has also taught several courses in the College of Religious Education.

He and his colleagues at CTL and several departments in education and physical and mathematical sciences developed an innovative teaching approach called, Decision-Based Learning (DBL). This approach helps students develop critical thinking patterns possessed by experts. Ken has occasionally conducted DBL workshops at academic conferences and universities in the U.S., Asia and Latin America.

He speaks Spanish fluently. His wife is from Perú and they have three children. He is an avid soccer player.

Research Interests

  • Decision-Based Learning
  • Educational Religiosity and Spirituality Measures
  • Large scale cognitive assessment
  • Affective assessment
  • Performance assessment
  • Alternative assessment
  • Instructional design best practices
  • Teaching presentation
  • Rater-mediated assessment


  • Ph.D., Instructional Psychology and Technology, Brigham Young University, April 2008
  • M.A.E., Educational Leadership and Policy, University of Utah, Aug 1999
  • BA. Spanish Translation, Brigham Young University