Hans Aagard

Hans Aagard

Learning Design and Technology
Department of Curriculum & Instruction


Hans has over 15 years of experience in teaching, learning, and technology in higher education. He is an experienced instructional designer, creator of tutorial and video development, program development and assessment, face-to-face and online development and training. He has experience in both higher education and industry.

Hans' research interests range from the effectiveness of new technology and learning to media literacy.

While at Purdue he was the president, Purdue Association of Educational Technology Purdue University.


Hans received his PhD from Purdue University in Learning Design and Technology with an emphasis on Educational Media.

He received his Masters of Science in Learning Design and Technology (at the time called Educational Technology) in 2004.

He received his Bachelors of Arts, Linguistics in 2001 from Brigham Young University.

Select Publications

Aagard, H., Bowen, K., Olesova, L. (2010). Hotseat: Opening the Backchannel in Large Lectures. EDUCAUSE Quarterly, http://www.educause.edu/ero/article/hotseat-opening-backchannel-large-lectures.

Richardson, J.C. Ertmer, P., Aagard, H., Ottenbreit-Leftwich, A., Yang, D. & Mack, N. (Summer, 2007). The Digital Age Literacy Professional Development Initiative: Factors Influencing Teachers’ Implementation of Skills and Strategies. Teacher Education & Practice, 20(3), 239-262.

Richardson, J.C., Aagard, H. & Stickman, A. (October, 2006). Guidelines for mentoring graduate students in best practices for teaching online courses. Annual Meeting of the Association for Educational Communications and Technology: Dallas, TX.

Huang, D. W., Aagard, H., Diefes-Dux, H. (2004). Impact of Cognitive-based Instructional Intervention on Learning Motivation: The Implementation of Student-made Glossary in a Programming-oriented Engineering Problem-solving Course and Its Impact on Learning Motivation. Paper presented at the AECT Annual Convention, October, 2004; Chicago, IL.


Hans currently works as an Instructional Design Consultant at Boise State University, where he provide design, development, revision, management, and support of online courses and programs. He works directly with faculty to provide pedagogical and instructional design consultation to support effective and innovative delivery of academic credit courses to online students.

Previously he has worked as a Senior Instructional Designer at Skyepack, doing similar consulting but with a stronger role in creating the content, working with faculty from various universities as subject matter experts. Content was delivered in an online textbooks platform, delivered online or on mobile devices.

Other positions:

  • Design and Delivery Specialist at Hewlett Packard Enterprise, designing and delivering new hire and professional development content in call center environment.
  • Learning Architect at iDesignEDU, managing the faculty relationship in a course development process, help faculty adapt content for online instruction.
  • Instructional Designer, Albertsons Library at Boise State University, creating multimedia video tutorials, using a combination of conceptual presentation and step-by-step explanation with tools including Camtasia, Adobe Audition, Adobe Premiere, Adobe Photoshop, and Adobe After Effects.
  • Senior Educational Technologist at Information Technology at Purdue University, developing instruction, training for best practices, deliver training. Coordinating implementation of new technologies. Delivering, creating, and revising training.
  • Teaching face-to-face and online courses on educational technology, technology integration, and learning theory, including lecture, demonstration, grading of assignments and tests, one-on-one tutoring, section management.

Courses Taught

EDCI 53100
EDCI 55600
EDCI 56000
EDCI 57700
EDCI 67200