Timothy Newby

Doctor Tim Newby

Learning Design and Technology Area Convener
Department of Curriculum & Instruction
Link to Curriculum Vitae


Dr. Tim Newby is a Professor in the Learning Design and Technology program area of the Department of Curriculum and Instruction at Purdue University. He conducts research on issues pertaining to motivation, human learning, instructional strategies, and the use of technology. In particular, he is examining the impact of digital open badges on learning and motivation in post-secondary education. In his role as convener for the Learning Design and Technology program area he led the effort to create and maintain the first fully online graduate program. Newby teaches online, hybrid, and face-to-face undergraduate and graduate courses that include Introduction to Educational Technology; Instructional Strategies; Learning Theory, Motivation, and Foundations of Instructional Design Theory. He has published over 50 research articles, and 16 books. His most recent texts include: Educational Technology for Teaching and Learning and Teaching and Learning with Microsoft Office. He received his Ph.D. in Instructional Psychology from Brigham Young University in 1984.


B.S. in Psychology, Brigham Young University, 1979
Ph.D. in Instructional Psychology, Brigham Young University, 1984

Select Publications

Newby, T., Wright, C., Besser, E., & Beese, E. (2016). Passport to creating and issuing digital instructional badges. In D. Ifenthaler, N. Bellin-Mularski, & D. Mah (Eds.), Foundations of Digital Badges and Micro-Credentials: Demonstrating and Recognizing Knowledge and Competencies. Springer: New York.

Ertmer, P. A., & Newby, T. J. (2016). Learning theory and technology: A reciprocal and synergistic relationship. In N. Rushby and D. Surry (Eds.), The Handbook of Learning Technology. John Wiley & Sons: New Jersey.

Koehler, A. A., Newby, T. J., & Besser, E. D. (2016). In the eye of the beholder: Using student narrative to explore memorable teachers. Educational Review. http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/00131911.2016.1176011.

Sadaf, A., Newby, T. J., & Ertmer, P. A. (2016). An investigation of the factors that influence preservice teachers’ intentions and integration of Web 2.0 tools. Educational Technology Research and Development, 64(1), 37-64

Ertmer, P. A., & Newby, T. J. (2013). Article update: Behaviorism, cognitivism, constructivism: Connecting “Yesterday’s” theories to today’s contexts. Performance Improvement Quarterly, 26(2), 65-71. doi: 10.1002/piq.21143.


Professor Newby has extensive experience consulting within the area of learning design and technology. These have included:

  • needs and job assessments for Dow Chemical and the Sextant Group;
  • wiki-based knowledge center for all training materials at HomeAid America;
  • diversity training design, development, and implementation for GulfStream Aerospace, Ford Motor Company, and Brown-Forman;
  • external evaluation for various NSF funded grants including: Mixed Reality Simulators for Wind Energy Education.

Professional Memberships

AECT – Association for Educational Communication and Technology
AERA – American Educational Research Association

Courses Taught

EDCI 27000
EDCI 53100
EDCI 56000
EDCI 57300
EDCI 67000
EDCI 67400
EDCI 67500
EDCI 69500