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Campus Curriculum Development Team

Meet the BYU-Idaho campus curriculum development team.
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Matt Anderson
Curriculum Development Director

Matt has over 20 years of Learning and Teaching experience gained in higher education, public K-12, and the corporate environment. He earned an undergraduate degree in Accounting from the BYU Marriott School of Management, a Master’s degree in Educational Technology from Boise State University, and is in the middle of a Doctorate degree in Instructional Systems Design and Technology from Sam Houston State University. He enjoys multicultural learning opportunities having spent 10 years in Hawaii and 3 more years teaching higher education in the United Arab Emirates. He has enjoyed the opportunity to serve faculty and students at BYU-Idaho for the last 6 years.
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Jilane Richardson
Design Group Manager

Interdisciplinary Studies and Academic Support

Jilane taught English as a junior high teacher for 23 years. She has a BA in English Education and a MEd in Instructional Design. In 2017, she joined the CCD team as a curriculum designer. She helped lead the team in the campus Canvas transition. She has also helped instructors improve their courses in many departments, including Home and Family, Music, Science, Mathematics, English, and Construction Management. Some projects include textbook design/development, course redevelopment, content development, and outcome alignment.
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Juli Bailey
Curriculum Designer

Physical Sciences: Chemistry, Mathematics, Geology, and Physics.

Juli has worked as a mentor through BYU Pathway Worldwide for international students, and her passion is to improve user experience in course design for students with diverse backgrounds and abilities. She has a BS in health psychology, and an MS degree in Learning Experience Design and Educational Technology.
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Julene Bassett
Curriculum Designer

Education and Human Development: Home and Family, Physical Education, Teacher Education, Elementary Education, Child & Family Studies, History/Geography/Political Science, Psychology, Sociology and Social Work, and Religious Education.

Julene has a PhD in Instructional Psychology and Technology and has worked at BYU-Idaho since 2010, helping many departments create online courses. She has recently transitioned to the Campus Curriculum Department to continue designing powerful learning experiences in a variety of additional modalities. Julene is particularly passionate about finding ways to increase learning through meaningful relationships and helping students connect their secular learning with the truths of the gospel.
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Gaylen Jensen
Curriculum Designer

Language and Letters: Academic Learning, English, Foreign Languages & Literatures, and Humanities & Philosophy.

Gaylen has worked in hybrid, online, and campus curriculum development since 2009. He earned a PhD in Instructional Design from ISU in 2015 and has been a part-time online instructor since 2014. He has helped faculty in many departments, most notably Nursing, Business, Economics, and Communications. He has extensive experience producing storyline presentations.
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Debra Lowe
Curriculum Designer

Agriculture and Life Sciences: Agronomy/Ag Business, Animal Science, Biology, Health Science, Horticulture, and Nursing.

Debra has combined over a dozen years in the classroom with a love of instructional technology. She has a Bachelor of Science degree in biology with an education composite, and an MS degree in Instructional Technology and Learning Sciences. She is focused on user experience in course design, web-based tools, and best practices in education. At BYU-Idaho since 2013, she has worked across the course spectrum.
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Robert McKenzie
Curriculum Designer

Performing and Visual Arts: Art, Dance, Interior Design, Music, and Theatre.

Engineering: Architecture and Construction, Automotive, Computer Science & Engineering, and Mechanical Engineering & Technology.

Rob spent six years teaching high school and junior high in Nashville, Idaho Falls, and Rexburg before coming to BYU-Idaho as an instructional designer in 2015. He holds a BA in English, an M.Ed. in Instructional Design, and an MFA in Theatrical Design. He has a passion for improving course design, outcomes alignment, and finding ways to innovate and improve the learning experience for the students of BYU-Idaho.
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Samuel Smith
Curriculum Designer

Business and Communication: Accounting, Business Management, Communication, Economics, Information Systems, and Recreation Leadership.

Samuel has worked with online and campus courses at BYU-Idaho since 2010 and has also done instructional design work at BYU, Powerspeak, and Stukent. He has also taught religion courses at BYU and BYU-Idaho, and he is currently an adjunct professor in BYU-Idaho’s Department of Humanities where he teaches classical languages. He has a PhD in Instructional Psychology and Technology, an MA in Hebrew Language and Literature, and a BA in Classical Studies. Samuel enjoys teaching students about the world around them as much as he enjoys working with the faculty members to improve and develop their courses. As a professor and a curriculum developer at BYU-Idaho, he feels blessed to use his experience from all his college degrees.