Matthew Roberts has a Ph.D. in political science from the University of Minnesota and has taught at a number of colleges and universities in West Michigan. In addition to his experience in the classroom, he has an extensive background in web development. His scholarly interest in instructional technology goes back at least as far as 2005, when he began to experiment with podcasting his class sessions. He wrote about this experience in one of the first published articles about podcasting in political science.
Matthew has been an instructional designer at Grand Valley State University since 2011. He follows emerging trends in technology with an eye to how learning and instruction may change in the future. He strongly believes, though, that technology should serve and not lead the learning process. This is the driving force behind his interest in topics such as presentation design, flipped learning, and alternate grading systems.
Education and Experience
- Ph.D., University of Minnesota: Political Science
- B.A., Calvin College: Political Science and Philosophy
- Has taught at: the University of Minnesota, Calvin College, Aquinas College, Hope College, Kuyper College, Cornerstone University, and Grand Valley
- Served as instructional technology staff at the University of Minnesota and Calvin College
- Certified as a Quality Matters Institutional Representative and in applying the Quality Matters rubric