Anderson, Thor Andrew
Associate Professor - Digital Media
CS 425b
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My career spans more than twenty years in the field of instructional technology and digital media. I have focused on finding ways to innovate and leverage technology to improve the teaching and learning experience. This focus has led me from corporate training experiences, to designing and developing eLearning specifications, to teaching and leadership positions within higher education, getting a developer bootcamp going, to my current position leading a nonprofit edtech startup.

I have sought out and focused on exciting opportunities where I could lead the development of innovative instructional materials and conduct applied research while utilizing my academic background in instructional design with my broad Internet and technology skills.


2017–Current    Learning Components Research Group                 Highland, Utah       Executive Director

Lead in all aspects as the Executive Director of the nonprofit Learning Components Research Group. Lead the development of software that will capture learning competencies in a graph-based cloud database allowing instructors and employers to track and contribute to learning.

Provide open source software tools, libraries and services to enable educators to improve instruction and learning through great educational technology. Align competencies with emerging digital credentials and badges to build connections between student acquisition of skills and knowledge with employer expectations.

Helio Training

2016–2017         Helio Training Salt Lake City, Utah                       Salt Lake City, Utah

Director of Academics

Oversee the delivery of the Helio instructional model including staffing, teaching, metrics, evaluation, and instructor recruiting. Manage the implementation of program course scheduling including instructor schedules and balancing of instructor resources. Design and implement instructor metrics and measurements including recruiting and screening practices, training, development, and evaluation.

Serve as key contributor to the Helio leadership team and oversee curriculum development, course offerings, general staffing needs, and contribute to the Helio vision and direction. Budgetary responsibility for all academics including salaries and wages of all applicable personnel.

Utah Valley University

2005–2016         Utah Valley University                                                   Orem, Utah        

Associate Dean, College of Technology and Computing

Responsibilities include leading the college’s efforts in Stackable Degree programs and Competency Based Education.  Coordinate grants for faculty and between colleges and assist with faculty research efforts.  Interface with Concurrent Enrollment and the Career and Technical Education (CTE) programs at UVU.  Oversee allocation of needed space for the college.  Interact with and support the technical training needs of the local technology industry.

Digital Media Department Chair and Associate Professor

Taught courses in Rich Internet Application development, Web Languages, Multimedia and Web Essentials, Accessibility, Senior Projects, and Corporate Issues in Multimedia.

Nominated to represent UVU for two years as an Adobe Education Leader.

Served for two years as Curriculum Committee chair and two years on the RTP committee for the Digital Media department.

Joined with faculty and students in the evaluation (and future implementation) of a content management system for managing the department’s websites.

Served for 5 years as the Director for the Center for Digital Design and Development in the College of Technology and Computing.

Served as Principal Investigator on a National Science Foundation Grant ($249,514) to assist the Navajo Nation in providing IT education.

Served as Lead Instructional Designer on a Department of Labor Grant ($671,000) focused on providing online learning for UVU’s Mechatronics program.

Served for six years as UVU’s representative to the IMS Global Learning Consortium. 
Neumont University

2004–2005        Neumont University                                               South Jordan, Utah   Senior Instructional Designer

Designed and conducted training events for the ACM’s Java Engagement for Teacher Training Program.

Responsible for evaluating faculty instruction and conducting mid and end-of-quarter comprehensive student evaluations.

Responsible for instructional design support for the computer science faculty and instructors.

Conducted numerous faculty observation and evaluation sessions.

Brigham Young University 1991    B.A. German
Utah State University 1994    M.S. Instructional Technology
Utah State University

1999    Ph.D. Instructional Technology    Chairperson: Dr. M. David Merrill

Dissertation Title: "Rethinking Authoring Tools: A Design for Standards-Based Instructional Components"