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Assistant Professor

University of Arizona

May 2017 – Present Arizona
Educational Technology, University of Arizona, South. May 2017 - present
Co-Program Director, Educational Technology. August 2018 - present
Program Director, Informatics - Digital Design. August 2018 - present

Senior Lecturer

University of Arizona

Jan 2015 – May 2017 Arizona
Educational Technology, University of Arizona, South - January 2015 - May 2017
Co-Program Director, Educational Technology. January 2015 - August 2015

Adjunct Instrutor

University of Arizona

Jun 2014 – Dec 2014 Arizona
Educational Technology, University of Arizona, South - June 2014 - December 2014

Recent Posts

It’d be impossible to keep everything we need to know in one brain and stay sane. Here’s how I maintain my own personal …

OLC has been around for 25 years. Here’s what I was doing back then.

I don’t want to say I’m the typical professor (heck, I have an entire podcast devoted to exploring just what the heck that means) but I …

I was #SquadGoalsNetwork for a month. Let’s look at how it went.

It’s almost Halloween. Let’s do something scary.

Recent Publications

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Computer-Assisted Language Learning can be facilitated to a great degree using commercial off-the-shelf video games. This paper …

The advancements in mobile devices have great affordances for the field of education. Modern smartphones are powerful, portable, and …

Awards & Fellowships

Effective Practice Award

Through the OLC Effective Practices program, the OLC community shares techniques, strategies and practices that have worked effectively in their institution or program. Effective practices are peer-reviewed and evaluated against OLC’s five pillars of quality in digital education: access, learning effectiveness, faculty satisfaction, student satisfaction and scalability.
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Faculty Fellow (Ongoing)

Faculty Fellows is a group of 55 outstanding UA faculty dedicated to student engagement. Faculty Fellows work to effectively involve students in research, collaborative projects, career-readiness efforts and community outreach. Each Fellow is assigned a campus site for the academic year (whether a residence hall, a cultural center, or a resource center) and spends time at that site each week, building connections and relationships with students outside of the classroom.

Faculty Fellows:

  • Foster students’ connection to UA as a whole
  • Help make a large school feel much smaller
  • Create avenues for student-faculty relationship building


Read, Watch, Woof

Ryan’s bi-weekly newsletter (currently on hiatus).

Squad Goals network

A collective of like-minded teachers, designers, and researchers.

The New Professor

Ryan’s bi-weekly newsletter (currently on hiatus).

Recent & Upcoming Talks

Games, engagement, and representation.


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