Robert is currently the Director of Learning Technologies at Emporia State University. In this role, he and his team provide a variety of learning technology support for the campus. He has served in this capacity since 2008. Robert also teaches several graduate courses in instructional design, corporate eLearning, Universal Design, and project management for instructional designers. Robert has worked in higher education since 1988. He began his career at the University of Wyoming working with early distance education systems. After completing his master’s degree, he accepted a position at WSU where he served as the first instructional designer for a video-based distance education program in the early 1990s. In 1995 – the dawn of the modern web browser – Rob and a nursing faculty member launched the first online course in Kansas. He later worked for Friends University before accepting a position at CU Online in Denver. Robert holds a BS in Business; a BFA and BA in Graphic Design; a MS in Instructional Technology and Design; an MBA in Information Technology; and an EdD in Instructional Technology and Distance Education. His dissertation research investigated the effectiveness of various faculty development programs regarding online learning. Robert has been a champion of emergent technologies that have the potential to shape education. He has published numerous peer-reviewed articles and book chapters and presents nationally at a variety of conferences. His research interests include accessibility and Universal Design; Artificial Intelligence; Open Pedagogy; AR/VR; usability and interface design; online course design/quality assurance; instructional systems design; academic integrity; project management; and competency-based learning. Rob has served on product advisory boards and has been the recipient of outstanding course awards. He holds multiple certifications from Creative Commons, IAAP, Quality Matters, Google, and IBM among others. He is also an EDUCAUSE faculty and SME.