Rodney D. Myers


I am a semi-retired  independent scholar who teaches, consults, researches, and writes about instructional design and technology. I'm currently teaching graduate classes in the School of Education at Indiana University - Bloomington.

In 2022, along with Ted Frick, Cesur Dagli, and Andrew Barrett, I published the book Innovative Learning Analytics for Evaluating Instruction. Prior to that, along with Charlie Reigeluth and Brian Beatty, I edited the book Instructional-Design Theories and Models, Vol. IV: The Learner-Centered Paradigm of Education (link to Amazon) published by Routledge in 2016. Here are pre-publication versions of two chapters I co-authored for the book:

Brief Biography

I've been involved in higher education for over forty years as a student, a faculty member, and a technology specialist.

I earned a B.A. and M.A. in English at Ball State University and taught composition and rhetoric for a few years. I then studied film production and screenwriting at De Anza College, where I wrote and/or directed several award-winning short films with my brother. I was an early adopter of the Web and served as University Webmaster for Santa Clara University for two years, followed by stints as an animator (for Blue Mountain Arts) and a design technologist for a Web consulting spinoff of SRI just before the dotcom bubble burst.

In 2006 I earned an M.A. in Instructional Technology at San Jose State University, where the faculty chose me for the "Richard B. Lewis Outstanding Graduate Student" award.

In 2012 I earned a Ph.D. in Instructional Systems Technology at Indiana University. I am especially interested in the design and use of games and simulations for learning. For my dissertation (which was awarded "Dissertation of the Year" by the faculty), I proposed and tested a method for using pattern analysis to verify the accuracy of a simulation/game's computational model.


In my spare time I like to read, cook/bake, and play board/card/video games. I'm an award-winning homebrewer, and I used to write about craft beer for