Dr. David A. Wicks is an Associate Professor of Curriculum and Instruction and Chair of the Digital Education Leadership program in the School of Education at Seattle Pacific University. Dr. Wicks has served within the educational technology community in numerous positions throughout his career including: high school technology teacher, university computer science lecturer, school district technology facilitator, multimedia author and project manager for an educational technology company, and director of instructional technology for SPU.
Dr. Wicks’ research interests include electronic portfolios, online and blended learning, learning spaces, and computer-supported collaborative learning. He is particularly interested in exploring how student engagement and achievement can be enhanced within digital learning environments.
Professor Wicks is committed to helping educators improve teaching, learning and assessment with digital tools. He actively shares and learns from teachers through social media. Examples of his work include: design and development of a blended graduate program based on the ISTE coaching standards, design of a blog-based electronic portfolio system, creation of a feature-comparison matrix for content capture solutions, and leading SPU’s open iTunes U project. He enjoys facilitating teacher/professor learning communities on topics such as edtech coaching, learning spaces, blended learning, and online learning. Dr. Wicks participates in the Northwest Council on Computer Education (NCCE), the Northwest Academic Computing Consortium (NWACC), Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education (SITE), and the International Society of Technology in Education (ISTE). He serves as an Associate Editor for Cogent Education Journal, Taylor & Francis Online.