David Joyner ’05 recently published his third book, Teaching at Scale. While finalizing the book, Joyner was named to Georgia Tech Alumni Association’s “40 under 40” list recognizing talented Georgia Tech alumni who have made significant contributions in their industries at an early age.
As the executive director of Georgia Tech’s College of Computing online education and online master of science in computer science program, Joyner’s research and writing focuses on equipping other researchers and educators to use scalable learning platforms to disseminate new knowledge quickly and broadly.
“We hear it so often that it's almost trite to say, but it's true: technology is advancing so fast that it's becoming impossible to keep up. New knowledge is being created at a faster rate than ever before. We can't stick to the traditional model where knowledge slowly trickles out into textbooks that lead to new courses that lead to new degree programs 20 years later; we have to find ways to disseminate new knowledge as fast as possible in order to keep advancing,” explains Joyner.
Scalable learning platforms, like MOOCS (massive open online courses), online degree programs, and informal learning communities, have increased in popularity over recent years, and in Teaching at Scale, Joyner explores the characteristics and limits of large-scale online learning. Joyner himself teaches five online classes reaching more than 3,000 students per semester, and Teaching at Scale draws upon both Joyner’s first-hand experiences and his research in cognitive and learning sciences.
In addition to researching, writing, teacher, Joyner has also received several awards for his work, including the 2022 College of Computing Outstanding Faculty Leadership Award, the 2019 USG Regents’ Teaching Excellence Award for Online Teaching, and the 2018 Georgia Tech Center for Teaching & Learning Curriculum Innovation Award.