Phil now works half time as the Chief Innovation Officer and Associate Vice Provost For Learning Sciencesin at the The University of Texas at Austin, USA, working in Project 2021. P2021 is about
1. Providing scalable online learning to residential and external learners using a variety of mechanisms including synchronous webcasting & UTx, the local implementation of edX;
2. Systematically identifying what works in technology enabled learning through research & assessment that collects & analyzes data on student performance & learning.
3. Supporting faculty seeking to explore innovative pedagogical practices and departments pursuing degree modernization.
The transition to half time at UT Austin has opened up space for him to pursue passion projects through RHz Consulting LLC. The current focus of these passions are on
- Distributed ledgers (aka ‘blockchains’) as a means of giving learner ownership/management of their learning achievements
- Learning space design and its instrumentation for classrooms or any creative built environment
- Learning analytics, with particular emphasis on techniques for prediction of behavior involving machine learning, neural networks & AI, including implications for ethical responsibility this methods raise
- Learning engineering, the application of engineering design to learning pathways & learning activities
- And whatever else strikes his fancy
Phil has served on a number of professional organizations over the years, including as the former VP of the Society of Learning Analytics & Knowledge (SoLAR); IMSGLOBAL (Higher Ed Exec Comm, Advisory Board on Competencies and Badges), AAEEBL, and many others.
He is also an Honorary Professor at the Institute for Teaching and Learning Innovation at the University of Queensland, Brisbane, Australia.
He is a lapsed biologist now learning scientist focused on emerging technologies, the cognitive interactions with them, & the spaces, physical and virtual wherein they occur.