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Richard Swan

Associate Director

Colleges and Areas

Graduate Studies
Learning Outcomes


Richard Swan is a teaching and learning consultant for the Center for Teaching & Learning at Brigham Young University. Richard has been at BYU for fifteen years. During that time he also worked as an instructional designer and has been involved in the development of multimedia titles for BYU faculty members that are now published commercially. These include PostOperative Care and the five-volume Encyclopedia of Nursing Skills, prepared for Sandra Mangum (College of Nursing) and published by Concept Media; PetroGlyph, prepared for Eric Christiansen (Geology) and published by Blackwell Science; and the Virtual ChemLab series, prepared for Brian Woodfield (Chemistry and Biochemistry) and published by both the higher-education and high school divisions of Prentice-Hall.

Research Interests

  • Student engagement
  • Design for engagement
  • Learning theory
  • Agency in education
  • Educational philosophy

Relevant Skills and Work Experience

  • Instructional design
  • Video production
  • Network administration
  • Programming in Basic, Toolbook, Authorware, mTropolis
  • Classroom instruction


  • PhD Instructional Psychology and Technology, Brigham Young University
  • MS Instructional Science, Brigham Young University
  • BA Film Studies, University of Utah