Senior Fellow for Strategy
David has been advising the Saylor Foundation since 2012. He was born and raised in West Virginia, where he graduated from Marshall University with a BFA in Vocal Performance. After a stint as University Webmaster, he moved to Utah where he completed a PhD in Instructional Psychology and Technology in the David O. McKay School of Education at Brigham Young University.
David founded the modern open education movement by creating the first open content license and advocating for open content in education back in the summer of 1998. Since then, he has been education faculty at Brigham Young University, a Peery Social Entrepreneurship Research Fellow in the BYU Marriott School of Business, Senior Fellow for Open Education at the National Center for Research in Advanced Information and Digital Technologies (aka Digital Promise), a recipient of the National Science Foundation’s CAREER Grant, and a Nonresident Fellow at the Center for Internet and Society at Stanford Law School. He continues to be a visionary voice in the field of open education.
David currently lives in Utah with his wife, Elaine, and their five children. When he isn’t teaching, writing, or speaking, David is probably at church, running, or playing basketball. His career is devoted to increasing access to educational opportunity for everyone around the world.