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David Wiley

ORG Utah State University Title BIO David Wiley, Ph.D., currently Assistant Professor of Instructional Technology at Utah State University, is pursuing a comprehensive research agenda aimed at opening access to high quality educational opportunities to everyone. In Instructional Design and Technology, David is recognized as a leader in learning objects research, publishing one of the first dissertations in the area and editing the first book on the topic. (The main idea of "learning objects" is to break educational content down into small chunks that can be reused in various learning environments, in the spirit of object-oriented programming.) In the field of Intellectual Property, David founded and directs the OpenContent project, which applies Open Source Software principles to content through innovative copyright licenses. (The main idea of OpenContent is that through the application of appropriately designed licenses, information can be freely shared, modified, and redistributed for the benefit of both "creators" and "consumers".) In Computer Network Architecture, David designs peer-to-peer systems (similar to Napster) that more accurately reflect the structure of face-to-face collaborative learning environments. (The main idea behind peer-to-peer computing is that every computer is both a client and a server, being equal with every other computer in the network. Hence the term "peer.") David believes that the intersection of learning objects, OpenContent, and peer-to-peer architectures will catalyze the availability of high quality educational content at zero cost to individuals. At least, that's the plan. David's research is currently funded by the National Science Foundation (where he serves on the Coordinating Committee of the National Science Digital Library and chairs its Standards Working Group), the US Department of Education, and Utah State University. David's work has been favorably reviewed by publications such as WIRED, The Economist, MIT Technology Review, and Time.