A Brief Introduction
Cecil's experiences teaching secondary English convinced him that students benefit from increased ownership over their learning, and that such ownership can come as a result of open education, blended teaching, and personalized learning. He left the 9-12 classroom to research these practices as a doctoral student in Instructional Psychology and Technology at Brigham Young University (BYU).
Cecil's research at BYU has focused on Blended Teaching in K-12 settings, Open Educational Resources (OER) and OER-Enabled Practices, as well as Personalized Learning. Cecil has taught IP&T 371: K-12 Technology Integration 1, IP&T 373: Teaching K-12 in Online and Blended Learning Contexts, IP&T 420: Learning Theories for Design, and IP&T 538: Teaching in Online and Blended Environments. He is also a co-author of the widely used OER guidebook K-12 Blended Teaching: A Guide to Personalized Learning and Online Integration.
Cecil is currently the Vice President of Communications for the Teacher Education Division (TED) of the Association for Educational Communications & Technology, and co-chair of the K-12 Online Learning Special Interest Group for the Society for Information Technology and Teacher Education. In 2020, he was awarded TED's Smaldino and Herring Teacher Education Leadership Award.