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Tyler Griffin

Associate Chair
Ancient Scripture

210D JSB
Provo, UT 84602

Biography

Tyler was born and raised in Providence, Utah in the beautiful Cache Valley. After serving a mission in Brazil Curitiba, he returned home and married an Angel named Kiplin Crook. They have 10 children (5 boys and 5 girls). They love spending time in the mountains, playing board games, doing house projects, and being together. Tyler began his career by teaching seminary for 6 years in Brigham City, Utah. He spent the next seven years teaching at the Logan LDS Institute adjacent to Utah State University. One of his assignments there was working in the Seminary Preservice program (teaching and training potential seminary teachers). He also piloted and managed the launch of the online seminary program. He has taught here at BYU since August, 2010. He is a co-founder of BYU Virtual Scriptures Group which develops digital learning resources to enhance scriptural immersion and understanding. His bachelors degree was in Electrical Engineering and his masters and doctorate degrees are both in Instructional Technology. He authored When Heaven Feels Distant, co-authored Come Unto Me: Illuminating the Savior's Life, Mission, Parables, and Miracles, and co-edited Millions Shall Know Brother Joseph Again. Tyler enjoys presenting at Education Week, firesides, and conferences. He and his wife also enjoy leading tours to Biblical sites.

Research Interests

I am fascinated with finding ways to use technology to virtually immerse students in the scriptures. I also love researching pedagogy and instructional strategies to increase desired learner outcomes. I also love studying and learning more about doctrine. Finally, I am fascinated with teacher preservice and inservice theory and strategies.

Teaching Interests

I love teaching the Book of Mormon and the New Testament. I also love teaching the other Standard Works.

Education

  • PhD, Instructional Technology , Preservice Training through Distance Education, institution ( 2007-01-01 - 2007-12-31 )
  • Masters of Science, Instructional Technology , Distance Education and learning theories, institution ( 2002-01-01 - 2002-12-31 )
  • Bachelor of Science, Electrical and Computer Engineering , institution ( 1998-01-01 - 1998-12-31 )

Honors and Awards

  • Phi Eta Sigma's Outstanding Service to Freshman Class Award

Memberships

  • Society of Biblical Literature: ( - Present)

Professional Citizenship

  • Committee/Council Member, Church Motion Picture Studios/Church Correlation , 2018-01-01 - 2018-01-31 - Present
  • Board Member, Magna Publications, Online Seminars Advisory Board, 2015-01-01 - 2015-01-31 - 2017-05-01 - 2017-05-31
  • Board Member, The Teaching Professor Technology Conference, 2013-08-01 - 2013-08-31 - 2016-08-01 - 2016-08-31

Courses Taught

2020

  • REL A 275 : Section 006
  • REL A 275 : Section 026
  • REL A 211 : Section 015
  • REL A 211 : Section 019
  • REL A 212 : Section 001
  • REL A 212 : Section 002
  • REL A 250 : Section 002
  • REL A 250 : Section 006
  • REL A 250 : Section 009
  • REL A 275 : Section 012
  • REL A 275 : Section 015
  • REL A 275 : Section 017

2019

  • REL A 250 : Section 011
  • REL A 250 : Section 013
  • REL A 250 : Section 015
  • REL A 275 : Section 013
  • REL A 275 : Section 016
  • REL A 250 : Section 002
  • REL A 250 : Section 006
  • REL A 250 : Section 009

2018

  • REL A 250 : Section 011
  • REL A 250 : Section 013
  • REL A 250 : Section 015
  • REL A 211 : Section 003
  • REL A 211 : Section 008
  • REL A 211 : Section 013
  • REL A 275 : Section 001
  • REL A 275 : Section 002
  • REL A 275 : Section 006
  • REL A 250 : Section 004
  • REL A 250 : Section 006
  • REL A 250 : Section 010
  • REL A 212 : Section 008
  • REL A 212 : Section 009
  • REL A 212 : Section 013

2017

  • REL A 250 : Section 007
  • REL A 250 : Section 008
  • REL A 275 : Section 001
  • REL A 275 : Section 004
  • REL A 275 : Section 008
  • REL A 275 : Section 024
  • REL A 250 : Section 003
  • REL A 250 : Section 006
  • REL A 250 : Section 011
  • REL A 275 : Section 004
  • REL A 275 : Section 006
  • REL A 275 : Section 012
  • REL A 275 : Section 018

2016

  • REL A 275 : Section 001
  • REL A 275 : Section 004
  • REL A 275 : Section 009
  • REL A 275 : Section 024
  • REL A 211 : Section 013
  • REL A 211 : Section 026
  • REL A 211 : Section 030
  • REL A 275 : Section 003
  • REL A 275 : Section 006
  • REL A 275 : Section 011
  • REL A 275 : Section 020
  • REL A 212 : Section 004
  • REL A 212 : Section 012
  • REL A 212 : Section 015

2015

  • REL A 275 : Section 003
  • REL A 275 : Section 006
  • REL A 275 : Section 011
  • REL A 275 : Section 020
  • REL A 211 : Section 010
  • REL A 211 : Section 016
  • REL A 211 : Section 022
  • REL A 121 : Section 009
  • REL A 121 : Section 010
  • REL A 121 : Section 017
  • REL A 392R: Section 001
  • REL A 392R: Section 002
  • REL A 122 : Section 061
  • REL A 212 : Section 012
  • REL A 212 : Section 015

2014

  • REL A 121 : Section 026
  • REL A 121 : Section 036
  • REL A 121 : Section 043
  • REL A 211 : Section 007
  • REL A 211 : Section 029
  • REL A 211 : Section 031
  • REL A 327 : Section 010
  • REL A 122 : Section 013
  • REL A 211 : Section 002
  • REL A 211 : Section 003
  • REL A 211 : Section 004
  • REL A 122 : Section 022
  • REL A 122 : Section 027
  • REL A 122 : Section 035
  • REL A 122 : Section 061
  • REL A 212 : Section 002
  • REL A 212 : Section 010
  • REL A 212 : Section 013

2013

  • REL A 121 : Section 011
  • REL A 392R: Section 003
  • REL A 121 : Section 034
  • REL A 121 : Section 047
  • REL A 121 : Section 073
  • REL A 211 : Section 005
  • REL A 211 : Section 021
  • REL A 211 : Section 034
  • REL A 121 : Section 002
  • REL A 121 : Section 010
  • REL A 122 : Section 022
  • REL A 122 : Section 027
  • REL A 122 : Section 035
  • REL A 122 : Section 042
  • REL A 122 : Section 064
  • REL A 212 : Section 016
  • REL A 212 : Section 022

2012

  • REL A 121 : Section 012
  • REL A 121 : Section 035
  • REL A 121 : Section 049
  • REL A 211 : Section 005
  • REL A 211 : Section 012
  • REL A 211 : Section 034
  • REL A 122 : Section 004
  • REL A 122 : Section 006
  • REL A 122 : Section 018
  • REL A 122 : Section 022
  • REL A 122 : Section 029
  • REL A 122 : Section 063
  • REL A 212 : Section 011
  • REL A 212 : Section 013
  • REL A 212 : Section 016

2011

  • REL A 121 : Section 013
  • REL A 121 : Section 036
  • REL A 121 : Section 050
  • REL A 121 : Section 080
  • REL A 211 : Section 005
  • REL A 211 : Section 019
  • REL A 211 : Section 034
  • REL A 121 : Section 001
  • REL A 121 : Section 002
  • REL A 121 : Section 003
  • REL A 121 : Section 012
  • REL A 122 : Section 018
  • REL A 122 : Section 031
  • REL A 122 : Section 062
  • REL A 122 : Section 069
  • REL A 212 : Section 012
  • REL A 212 : Section 014
  • REL A 212 : Section 017

2010

  • REL A 121 : Section 024
  • REL A 121 : Section 037
  • REL A 121 : Section 052
  • REL A 121 : Section 084
  • REL A 211 : Section 011
  • REL A 211 : Section 013
  • REL A 211 : Section 035

Publications

  • Griffin TJ, Hilton JL, Plummer K, Barret D. March 1, 2014. Correlation between grade point averages and student evaluation of teaching scores: taking a closer look. Issue 3, 2014th ed. Selvi Thiruniraichelvi P. in addition to blind reviews, editor. Abingdon, Oxfordshire: Routledge: Taylor & Francis Group.
  • Griffin TJ. April (2nd Quarter/Spring), 2012. Nephi: An Ideal teacher of Less-Than-Ideal-Students. 2nd ed. Robert Millet and Dana Pike, editors. Provo, Utah: Religious Studies Center.

Presentations

  • Griffin TJ. Latter-day Lessons from Alma 30: Recognizing and Combating Anti-Christ Teachings and Tactics. FAIR Mormon Conference. August, 2020.
  • Griffin TJ. Making our Classes More Relevant and Engaging. Teaching 4 Learning Conference: Learning in Harmony. March, 2020.
  • Griffin TJ, Halverson TD. Come, Follow Me Insights. Come, Follow Me Insights: Weekly YouTube Series. Taylor and I record at least one episode each week at the studios of Book of Mormon Central We approach these lessons as if we were teaching a Gospel Doctrine Class while seeking to introduce, where helpful, elements from our academic training and experiences with scriptural interpretation The weekly episodes as well as additional bonus episodes can be found at the following link:

    Doctrine and Covenants series
    https://youtubecom/playlist?list=PLhfh21X9suLfDM0oD8LbEDjFKiKd_Cu_T
    Book of Mormon series
    https://youtubecom/playlist?list=PLhfh21X9suLfcTLg73lVuNPz1kJ49hfmw. January, 2020.
  • Griffin TJ. Establishing a Christ-Centered Home through Gospel Teaching". BYU Women's Conference. https://wwwbyutvorg/player/a917ceba-cae1-4e85-9afd-59903572ccc8/byu-womens-conference-tyler-griffin-5319. May, 2019.
  • Alford KL, Griffin TJ. Unleashing the Power of "For Example". 2019 Magna Online Seminar. April, 2019.
  • Griffin TJ. "Careful and Troubled About Many Things" -- Learning life lessons while watching Jesus inspire individuals. BYU Office Professionals Association Conference (OPAC). Trying to balance productivity and empathy can be tricky President Monson taught, “Never let a problem to be solved become more important than a person to be loved” In a work environment, deadlines and work expectations can become overwhelming In this presentation, we will explore a few examples of how the Savior handled these kinds of situations and look for principles that can be applied at home, at work, and in other settings and relationships . March, 2019.
  • Griffin TJ. Matthew's Portrayal of Jesus: Son of David, a New Moses, and Son of God. Sidney Sperry Symposium. As part of the Sidney B Sperry Symposium focused on Christology, my presentation focused on Matthew's unique perspective on the person and work of Jesus . October, 2018.
  • Griffin TJ. Book of Mormon Geography: A powerful backdrop to the book’s message. Book of Mormon Central Conference. This was a 30-minute presentation showing how geographical references in the BoM can be used to enhance the delivery of its message. April, 2018.
  • Griffin TJ. Book of Mormon Geographical References: Internal Consistency Taken to a New Level. FAIR Mormon Conference. This was an hour-long presentation on the internal consistencies of the geographical references in the Book of Mormon It included an analysis of Joseph Smith's age and productivity of revelations at each stage of his life. August, 2017.
  • Griffin TJ. The Dream of Lehi: Yet Another Testament of Jesus Christ. Book of Mormon in Zion Conference. May, 2017.
  • Griffin TJ. Breathing New Life into Ancient Texts Using Technology. Society of Biblical Literature Conference . This was a presentation of the latest version of the 3D Jerusalem App. November, 2016.
  • Griffin TJ. Breathing New Life into Ancient Texts for Tech Savvy Students. Society of Biblical Literature Conference . This was a follow up to show the progress on 3D Jerusalem that I presented at the 2014 Conference. November, 2015.
  • Hilton JL, Sweat AR, Griffin TJ. “Teaching with Spiritual Impact: An Analysis of Student Comments Regarding the Spiritual Influence of Religion Classes”. Society of Biblical Literature Conference . November, 2015.
  • Olsen DH, Halverson TD, Griffin TJ. Touring Scriptural Geography? The Case of Book of Mormon Lands. 7th Religious Tourism and Pilgrimage Tourism Expert Conference. June, 2015.
  • Alford KL, Griffin TJ. Helping Students Succeed in a Large Classroom. 2014 Magna Online Seminar. November, 2014.
  • Griffin TJ. Breathing New Life Into Ancient Texts For Tech Savvy Students Today. Society of Biblical Literature. Students today are digital natives Most have spent significant time immersed in video games, smart phones, tablets, and countless computer technologies These students are inherently comfortable and capable of navigating complex visual and spatial environments while processing vast amounts of information Most academic teaching today, however, relies heavily (and at times, exclusively) on textual and logical argument to engage the learners This can lead to an inordinate focus on what we are teaching while disregarding who we are teaching Much more could be done to bridge this technological gap between academic teaching styles and current learning preferences Immersive technologies can be used in academic settings to increase a “sense of time and space” for the students This presentation will “practice what it preaches” by showing many examples of how various forms of interactive tools and apps can be used to enhance the teaching of a variety of pericopes in the New and Old Testaments This will also be an opportunity to find other academics who have the interest and means to help contribute in designing and developing similar teaching tools to be shared. November, 2014.
  • Griffin TJ. Still Touched and Healed By Peter's Shadow Today. Sidney Sperry Symposium. Peter’s life and ministry, including his many struggles and disappointments intermixed with spectacular moments of growth and revelation, are worth far more to us today than a simple narrative of one man’s life story Peter’s journey from ships, fishnets, and frequent failures to healing the lame (see Acts 3:1-11), composing letters that Joseph Smith considered to be “the most sublime language of any of the apostles,” raising the dead (see Acts 9:36-40), and even healing people who fell within his shadow (see Acts 5:15) is far removed from us in time and space And yet, modern Disciples of Christ can still be effectively touched by Peter’s shadow today This happens as we see Peter as a symbolic lens through which we can see our own desires for greater discipleship and increased consecration all while striving to overcome our own imperfections and well-intended errors . October, 2014.
  • Griffin TJ, Dreon O. Robust and Effective Technology-Facilitated Course Design. The Teaching Professor Technology Conference. This is the abstract from the conference program book: Robust and Effective Technology-Facilitated Course Design 1:00 pm – 4:30 pm Presenters: Tyler Griffin, Brigham Young University and Ollie Dreon, Millersville University of Pennsylvania College instructors often spend the majority of their teaching preparation focusing on “what” they teach It is important to remember, however, that content organization, sequence, packaging, and delivery (the “hows” of teaching) are also vital In this workshop, we provide effective design principles and relevant examples (and non-examples) of those principles in practice We provide a hands-on approach so participants can experiment in a practice-environment Learning Management System (LMS) and then implement selected design principles in their own courses This workshop is informative, practical, and fun for anyone who wants to foster deeper and more meaningful learning experiences for their students After this session, you will be able to: Clearly articulate relevant and effective instructional design principles for your course(s) Identify strengths and weaknesses in existing course designs Successfully create a course design that implements best practices Continually improve your course design over time (including both electronic and face-to-face elements) . October, 2014.
  • Alford KL, Griffin TJ. Teaching Underprepared and Unprepared Students: Strategies that Work. 2013 Magna Online Seminar. November, 2013.
  • Alford KL, Griffin TJ. Teaching Unprepared Students: Strategies that Work. 2013 Teaching Professor Conference. Session Description: "Believe it or not: Some professors have occasionally had students show up for class who are unprepared to be there Truly shocking, isn’t it! (Of course, this has never happened to you) These are the students whose course reading assignments remain partially or completely unread Their homework is incomplete or not even started, and their course assignments have been finished sloppily or completely ignored This presentation will share an assortment of ideas, based on effective course design principles and teaching experience in a wide variety of classroom settings (from the humanities to engineering courses) to help you provide: (1) learning opportunities for students who have chosen to be unprepared, and (2) motivation for your students to be prepared for future lessons And we hope to have some fun while doing so! Please join us" . June, 2013.
  • Griffin TJ. Bridging the Gap Between Coursework and Mastery Learning: Tips and techniques that work. Scholarship of Teaching and Engagement 5 Conference . March, 2013.
  • Griffin TJ. Beyond Powerpoint: using technology to increase relevance and engagement. The Teaching Professor Conference. This was an 80-minute workshop that (1) introduced participants to the history of technology in education, (2) introduced them to a half dozen simple-to-use technologies today, and (3) ideas for how to effectively use available resources to enhance their teaching with technology. June, 2012.
  • Griffin TJ, Weiss M. Communities of Practice for Teachers and Students Using Banded Instruction. Moodle Moot West Coast 2011. After developing an online course, we had the job of training and developing volunteer teachers in 12 states and 6 countries Our research has shown a direct correlation between experiential teacher training, teacher activity, and student achievement In this presentation we share specifics about how to train teachers by giving them a student experience firstThis was the key to developing a community of practice and maintaining teacher development at reduced cost. July, 2011.
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