Jason McDonald


From Provo, Jason is an Assistant Professor of Instructional Psychology & Technology at BYU. He was hired by BYU in Fall 2016. He received his PhD from BYU in Instructional Psychology and Technology.  He currently teaches Intro to Instructional Design, Project Management, Advanced Instructional Design, Design Theory and Learning Theory.

Before coming to BYU, Jason was working mostly in the church industry for 10 years. He worked as the Director for the media publishing services department for the priesthood department portfolio. The portfolio he was director of published scriptures, the curriculum, Mormon Messages, Mormon Channel and Bible videos. There were all ways to educate leaders and members of the gospel.

His research at the university involves student pedagogy. The research includes classifying different examples that have pedagogy class studio. The purpose is to search for how instructors shape the curriculum in a studio, meeting the disciplinary requirements and meeting the expectations from the students and other constraints from the institution.

Before, his research was focused on the role of storytelling and narrative in learning and at the core, the design process broadly. Trying to find, across disciplines, how is design a mode of inquiry in the world? How is it different? How can we embrace that more as a community? How can designers resist the tendencies to give up the essential core of innovative and creative advancement to give up the core from the pressures from the institution and make you feel like you cannot pursue the innovative ideas?

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