Richard West

Brigham Young University


Richard E. West is an Assistant Professor in the Instructional Psychology & Technology department at Brigham Young University. His research focuses on learning communities, assessing and evaluating learning, performance, and innovation within communities. He’s known for his work on Communities of Innovation, a framework for understanding group innovative processes, as well as techniques for enhancing online collaborative learning and the role of open badges/microcredentials in innovative teaching and learning.

Rick’s work has been widely cited, demonstrating his commitment to creating learning environments that prepare students for the 21st century. He has been published in several prestigious journals such as Educational Technology Research and Development, Instructional Science, Computers & Education, Internet & Higher Education, International Review of Research in Open and Distributed Learning, Distance Education, Journal of Technology and Teacher Education, Handbook of Open, Distance, and Digital Education, and British Journal of Educational Technology.

He has received scholarship awards from esteemed organizations such as the American Educational Research Association, Association for Educational Communications and Technology, and the McKay School of Education at Brigham Young University.

In addition to his research and teaching roles at Brigham Young University, Rick serves as an evaluator, providing consultation for various programs in K-12 school districts, higher education, grants, and healthcare. He has over 200 academic publications and a dozen open textbooks at


Publications by Richard West